Kitchener Panthers take the lead in the IBL finals - winner will take the new trophy home.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

August 29th, 2018



When the Barrie Baycats or Kitchener Panthers hoist the IBL championship trophy next week, it will be a first. Both teams have certainly done so before – but not this one.

IBL trophy

Jack and Lynne Dominico Trophy

In celebration of the IBL’s 100th season, the League commissioned a new trophy. It will still be called the Jack and Lynne Dominico Trophy but the old wooden trophy, which had been awarded for 25 years since 1993, is going out of service. In its place the IBL has a new and more traditional trophy – a cup, mounted on a series of levels that chronicle all 99 league champions.

“We have done a number of things to recognize our 100th season,” said Commissioner John Kastner. “We recognized the top 100 players in League history, we had special baseballs from Rawlings complete with our 100th season logo, and we produced a fantastic book.”

“All of those things were great initiatives but the trophy is the one thing that will create a lasting legacy for this, our 100th season.”

And what a season it is turning out to be. The Burlington Herd didn’t make it out of the quarter finals but the league leading Barrie Baycats and the Kitchener Panthers are matched up in the playoffs.

The first game in a best out of seven went 11 innings with the Panthers taking the game 1-0

IBL innings graphicThe next game is in Kitchener on Thursday.

Created by Wilson Trophy of Mississauga, it is nickel, with a black base and with the IBL logo proudly displayed.

About the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top level baseball league in Ontario, boasting ex-major league professional and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2018 season will mark the IBL’s 100th season. The IBL is the fifth longest continually operated baseball league in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Burlington and Hamilton. For more information, visit

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