Campbell River baseball product Corey Wood pitched for Canada in the World Baseball Challenge in Prince George July 8-17.
“Definitely for Corey, being on the Canadian Men’s National Baseball Team was a huge honor,” his father, Norm Wood said.
Corey relieved in three games at the World Baseball Challenge. The highlight for him was pitching one inning against Cuba. He walked the first batter and then got the next three out. Canada placed fourth in the tournament with Cuba winning, China Taipei placing second and Japan third.
“It was a great experience to watch the Prince George fans being so proud of the
Canadian National Team,” Norm said. “There were many requests for Corey and his teammates to sign baseballs and shirts.”
Corey is a graduate of Carihi and played Campbell River Minor Baseball all the way to the age of 17.
He played for two years with the Malispina/ VIU Mariners and then moved to Okanagan College Coyotes in 2009.
He also has had the privilege of pitching for the Kelowna Jays Men’s Baseball Team for the last four years.
In August of 2009, he pitched for the BC Under 19 team in Trois Rivier, Que, pitching a 4-0 complete game shut-out.
Since then Corey has turned into a focused pitcher, pitching the last two years to Okanagan College as their #1 starter. In 2011 he was named to the Canadian Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Team and received the award for the Pitcher with the most strikeouts for 2011.
The Kelowna Jay’s host the Men’s BC Championships on the August Long Weekend and Corey will be pitching.
“Corey is a quiet, kind, and a great teammate,” said his proud father. “As a pitcher he is focused, strong and still has more to come.”