The Carillon - ONLINE EDITION
By: Terry Frey
Posted: 08/10/2017 6:50 AM
Many of the same baseball standouts that wowed the crowds at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg last week are back in Manitoba this week for the Western Canadian 18U Midget ‘AAA’ Baseball Championships, being hosted at Ile des Chenes and Steinbach.
The championships, which begin today (Thursday) are being held mainly in Ile des Chenes, with two games being held as well in Steinbach on Friday.
Six teams will be competing, including the host Carillon Sultans and the Manitoba champion Bonivital Black Sox. From Saskatchewan are the Saskatoon Diamondbacks and the Muenster Red Sox. The Alberta reps are the Sherwood Park A’s and from B.C. are the Langley Blaze.
All these teams will have players that just competed in the Canada Games in Winnipeg, including the gold medalists from Saskatchewan and of the silver medalists from Manitoba. That Manitoba team, which made it all the way to the national final in front of 7,000 fans at Shaw Park, losing 3-1 to Saskatchewan, included Zach Giesbrecht and Yanykk Nadeau, both competing for the Sultans at westerns this weekend.
Head coach of the Carillon Sultans team is Nick Grenier along with assistant coaches Cody Bartel and Troy Blad. In addition to Nadeau and Giesbrecht, rounding out the Carillon squad are: Brayden Samborski, Ashton Meilleur, Nicholas Lepage, Kalen Hildebrand, Owen Wiebe, Kaan Bitchok, Nick Pfeil, Noah Grenier, Burke Heide, Zane Brandt, Tyrel Reimer, Stephane Lagasse and Austin Friesen.
Four games will kick off the tournament at Ile des Chenes today. The first game, at 11:00 a.m., will feature the Bonivital Black Sox vs the Muenster Red Sox. Opening Ceremonies are Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Each team will play five round robin games, with the top two teams at the completion of the round robin meeting in the championship game Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at Ile des Chenes.
Carillon will play their first game tonight (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m. at Ile des Chenes vs. Sherwood Park. Two games will be played in Steinbach on Friday with Saskatoon facing Muenster at 9:00 a.m. in an all Saskatchewan clash and then Carillon facing Bonivital at 5:15 p.m. in an all Manitoba clash. The Sultans will also be in action earlier in the day at Ile des Chenes as they take on Langley at 11:45 a.m.
All Saturday and Sunday games are at Ile des Chenes. Carillon’s lone game on Saturday will be at 5:00 p.m. vs. the Saskatoon Diamondbacks. The Sultans will then complete their round robin Sunday at 8:30 a.m. vs. the Muenster Red Sox.
Tournament passes, at $25, or daily passes for $10, will be available at the gate.
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