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Sultans to face Elmwood in MJBL semis

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 07/23/2018 9:37 AM

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With a two-game sweep over the Pembina Valley Orioles in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League quarter-finals, the Carillon Sultans are set to take on the Elmwood Giants in the best of five semi-finals.

The Sultans, sixth place finishers in the regular season standings with an 8-12 record, beat the fifth place Orioles (10-14) in the best of three affair.

Carillon eked out a 4-3 victory in the series opener Friday night at Morden, and then rode the arm of Nik Kauenhofen to a 7-1 victory Saturday night at Ile des Chenes to complete the sweep. This came on the heels of Kauenhofen being named the MJBL's Most Valuable Player this season earlier in the day.

The pennant-winning St. James A's had a first round bye in the playoffs. All three opening round series went two straight as seventh place St. Boniface upset fourth place Interlake and second place Elmwood swept last place Altona.

Elmwood finished second overall in the league standings this season with a 17-7 record. Elmwood won both games against the Sultans during the regular season by scores of 5-2 and 7-1.

The first three games of the series will be played on three straight nights this week, beginning Tuesday at Elmwood at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday at Elwmood, also at 7:30 p.m. Game three in the series will be played Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Steinbach.

If necessary, the series continues with games four and five, to be played in the form of a doubleheader Monday night at Elmwood, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The other semi-final match-up pits the St. James A's vs. the St. Boniface Legionaires.

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