Tales from the Doug Out: June 11th, 2019
We certainly needed the rain we received on this past Friday desperately, but I’m not sure we counted on it turning into snow later in the day. But as quick as it came it went away and it’s all good moisture. I believe that may be the first time I remember getting snow in June. A good thing we didn’t have any games scheduled that night.
The Peewee Sox who just keep on winning and rolling over teams. This past Thursday, they defeated Bonnyville 14-1 at home. The ‘Mighty Casey’ Warawa, Sam ‘Spiderman’ Rogal, and ‘Kid Kade’ Fontaine sharing the pitching duties and shutting down the Braves.
Almost everyone on the team crossed the plate at least once. ‘Cyclone Cole’ Pierce, Brayden ‘Pinball’ Pinette, and Gavin ‘Giver’ Kadutski each connection with doubles. Tray with a triple and a double, Kid Kade with two singles, Josef ‘the Red’ Theriault with one. ‘Top Gunner’ Crawford with a single, a double and a home run. All he needed was a triple to complete the cycle.
Lakeland Bantam Northstars
The bantam provincial team led by Tyler Warawa are really playing well this year too and if they continue to play this well they may quite easily make it into the Tier I. This is where the winner of the provincial finals would go on to Westerns.
The team played in St. Albert this past weekend. Their first game was against Wainwright Outlaws and it was a close game, back and forth all game. They ended up losing 9-6.
They then played the host St. Albert Cardinals and the ump shrunk the strike zone to the size of a dinner plate. Both teams had a tough time hitting the strike zone. This meant it was going to be a long game with lots of runs scored. In the end, the Northstars walked away with a 20-15 win. The boys hit the ball really well all game.
On Sunday, they played against the Camrose Cougars, and sure enough we had the same ump. Another long day for our pitchers, but in the end the Northstars won 16-11. The boys crushed the ball again on Sunday.
It was a great weekend going 2-1 against some tough teams. They also had to use nine pitchers due to the small strike zone, making the boys work extra hard to get the outs. Good to get the extra work for the pitchers, but a little hard on the coaching staffs nerves.
The Northstars are off to Fort Saskatchewan next weekend and then should be tiered for the final time before the July weekends. With a 6-2 record, they should stay Tier I and be playing some great ball in July.
A big happy 17th birthday going out to Colton McLean who is one of our top umpires in the Elk Point system. He started out as a young lad doing the bases many years ago but now is capable and confident to do behind the plate at any level of ball.
K.A. Campbell quote of the week. ‘You should enter a ballpark the way you enter a church.’ – Bill Lee