Tier 1-4 Baseball Saskatchewan Senior Provincials were held this past weekend in Regina, North Battleford, Davidson and Hanley, with some North Saskatchewan River Baseball League teams heavily involved in the action.
No local teams were involved in a tremendous Tier 1 tournament in Regina this past weekend that saw the Regina Trappers emerge as champions after a 10-8 win against the Marysburg Royals. Regina would take that victory, though NSRBL teams would go on to claim the rest of the weekend’s hardware.
AA Tier 2 Champions – Wilkie Brewers (4-0)
It was a perfect weekend for the Wilkie Brewers as they took the Tier 2 crown, providing a nice end to their season after being swept by the Kindersley Stallions in the NSRBL playoffs.
The Brewers finished their NSRBL campaign with the best record in the league and defeated North Battleford Beavers in the first round before fizzing out in the semi-final. They defeated their would-be NSRBL finals opponent in the Standard Hill Lakers in the provincial semi-final, drawing the Parkland Pirates in the final as they narrowly avoided another match-up against the Beavers after Parkland won 7-6.
The Brewers would defeat the Pirates 13-7 to claim the Tier 2 crown, and cap off their tournament run with an undefeated record and +13 run differential.
AA Tier 3 Champions – Macklin Lakers (4-1)
The Macklin Lakers, Unity U21 Cardinals, and Rosetown Angels were the local teams featured in Davidson for Tier 3 provincials, with Macklin emerging victorious over Unity in the finals.
The U21 Cardinals joined Senior Tier 3 provincials after no other teams entered their bracket of provincials for Junior (leaving another story to be told), but all three west central teams made it into championship Sunday. Shutout semi-final results saw a 6-0 Macklin win over the Saskatoon Rockies, and a 10-0 win for Unity over the Rosetown Angels to set up the final for a short time later.
The Lakers would defeat the Cardinals 9-3 as their bats remained hot, putting up 45 runs throughout the tournament opposed to 33 allowed, for a +12 run differential.
AA Tier 4 Champions – Meadow Lake White Sox
The host Hanley White Sox didn’t win a game, instead giving way to the visiting Meadow Lake White Sox this weekend as they took Tier 4 provincials after a finals thrashing of the Arcola Threshers.
Some amazing offense was featured throughout the weekend. The Pasquia Angels led the way with 66 runs scored in the tournament though it could not get them to the finals. Pasquia and Arcola averaged 10 runs a game headed into Sunday and provided a slug-fest in an 18-12 result for the Threshers, and the Sox squeaked past the Northeast Blues 5-4 to claim their spot in the finals.
Arcola must have used up all of their offense in the game against Pasquia, mustering only a couple of runs against Meadow Lake in the finals. The White Sox could not be tamed, defeating Arcola 20-2 in an impressive performance that helped them claim the Tier 4 title, with a +22 run differential for the weekend.
Now that provincials are done with, the senior baseball season in Saskatchewan is over for most teams. This isn’t the case for the Kindersley Stallions, who didn’t enjoy a great weekend at provincials, but are fired up and ready to go for Game 1 of the NSRBL Finals against the Standard Hill Lakers set for Wednesday at 6 pm on the road.