Scott Ballantyne is back


Upon returning from the Czech Republic, Kincardine’s Scott Ballantyne had nothing but good things to say about his experience as an assistant coach at the World University Baseball Championships.
After dropping its first three games of the tournament, Canada hammered Lithuania 25-0, which turned things around for the club.

"We ended up in fifth place," said Ballantyne, also the coach of the Laurier University Baseball program, "which is the best finish ever for Canada at this tournament."

Canada went 2-4 in the round robin portion of the tourney.
"Of our four losses, three were by one run, the fourth by two," he said. "We lost to the Americans and the Japanese in extra innings. With a break or two we could have won both games."
Ballantyne, an accountant in Kitchener, was cheered on by his wife Amy, and his parents Bill and JoAnne, all of whom made the trip to the Czech Republic.

With the World University Championships behind him, Ballantyne will return to Kitchener to prep the Golden Hawks for the start of the CIS Baseball season.

"I learned a lot from the other members of the coaching staff, the players and opposition," he said. "It was a great experience for me."