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The 2017 regular seasons for Baseball P.E.I.’s AAA leagues will start on Monday. The three leagues – mosquito, peewee and bantam – will feature four teams from across the province.
Here is a preview of each league:

Mosquito (11-under)
There are no clear-cut favourites in the mosquito league, which features the Eastern Express from Cardigan, the Charlottetown-based Capital District Islanders, the Mid-Isle Mustangs playing in Cornwall and the Summerside Chevys.
This league features an 18-game schedule, and the provincial championship will be Sept. 8 to 10.
Coached by K.J. White, Capital District was the provincial and Atlantic champions last year, but has a lot of turnover from last year.
Eastern is coming off a tough year, but most of their talented core is returning along with coaches Darren MacEachern, Jeff McGrath and Josh Coffin.
Mid-Isle, with head coach Junior Bruce returning, is in the same boat as Eastern while Summerside, coached by James Wedge and Mikeal Thomas, is a wildcard that should not be ignored.
This should be a very competitive league to watch.

Peewee (13-under)
Coach Dave (Hippie) MacDougall’s Mustangs from Cornwall are the favourites. Mid-Isle has 10 players returning from last year’s squad, which was one of the two teams to represent P.E.I. at the Baseball Canada national Atlantic championships.
Capital District features mostly players graduating from the Atlantic champion 11-under Mosquito squad last year. The Islanders, led by coach Mark Arsenault, should be talented although they are young.
Summerside should rebound from a difficult season last year under the guidance of experienced head coach Darrel Kirev.
Eastern, which will play out of Stratford, rounds out the league, and has plenty of potential on their roster. The steady leadership of Troy Worth leads the Express.
This league is expected to be tight all year, and features a 16-game schedule. The provincial championship is Sept. 1 to 3.

Bantam (15-under)
Eastern, which will also play out of Stratford, is made up of players mostly inexperienced at the AAA level, but the Express is led by very experienced coaches Allison Macdonald and Walter MacEwen.
Capital District should be a young and talented team of almost all first-year bantams, coached by Kevin MacLean and Bill Dow.
Mid-Isle, which represented P.E.I. at last year’s national 15-under championships in Summerside, are coached by Carl Picketts. The Mustangs have also had a great deal of turnover from last year’s roster.
Led by Darren Gallant of Summerside, the Western Mariners will also have a roster that does not have a great deal of experience at this level, but has a great deal of talent. The Mariners are based out of Tignish.
Overall, this league is young and inexperienced at the bantam AAA level, but there is a great deal of talent on all teams and should provide some of the most exciting baseball as teams will play a 15-game schedule leading up to the provincial championship Sept. 1 to 3.

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