The Carillon - ONLINE EDITION
By: Terry Frey
Posted: 08/16/2018 10:20 AM
One of the largest and most significant events ever hosted in the community of La Broquerie is set to take place this weekend.
La Broquerie and the Carillon Minor Baseball Association are hosting the Western Canada Baseball Association championships.
Fifteen teams from across the four western provinces, competing in three different age groups will be on hand this weekend, beginning Friday at 9:00 p.m. as all three diamonds at La Broquerie will be in use through the weekend.
‘AA’ champions from the four western provinces as well as the host Carillon Sultans will be competing in the 13U AA, 15U AA and 18U AA divisions.
Competing in the 13U division will be the Carillon Sultans (Host); Abbotsford Angels (B.C.); Olds Spitfires (Alberta); Portage Phillies (Manitoba); and Sask Five Giants (Saskatchewan).
Carillon will open play in the 13U division Friday at 11:45 a.m. vs. Manitoba, followed by a 5:45 p.m. tilt vs. B.C. Carillon will complete their round robin taking on Alberta Saturday at 11:45 a.m. and then Saskatchewan Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
Competing in the 15U division will be the Carillon Sultans (Host); Leduc Giants (Alberta); Saskatoon Braves (Saskatchewan); Souris Cardinals (Manitoba); and TriCity Thunder (B.C.).
Carillon opens play in the 15U division Friday at 11:45 a.m. vs. B.C., then will play two games on Saturday as they will face Manitoba at 9:00 a.m. and Alberta at 5:15 p.m., completing their round robin Sunday at 11:45 a.m. vs. Saskatchewan.
Competing in the 18U division will be the Carillon Sultans (Host); Beaumont Bosox (Alberta); North West Prairie Pirates (Saskatchewan); Portage Pirates (Manitoba); and Prince George Knights (B.C.).
In the 18U division, the Carillon Sultans will first take to the field Friday at 9:00 a.m. vs. Saskatchewan and then at 5:45 p.m. vs. Alberta. On Saturday they will clash with Manitoba at 2:30 p.m. and then Sunday will finish off against B.C. at 11: 45 a.m.
The top two teams in each division advance to the championship games which are slated for Sunday at 5:15 p.m. Tie breakers, if necessary to determine the finalists, will be at 2:30 p.m.
If tie breakers are not necessary in any of the divisions, the championships games may be moved up.
The Carillon teams are comprised of players from various communities in the Carillon Minor Baseball Association.
Head coach of the Carillon 13U team is Ken Kwiatkowski, the 15U squad is Dawson Plett and the 18U Sultans is Bryan Gerbrandt.
These Carillon regional teams for these Western Championships were formed back in May and have been meeting and practising regularly since that time.
Kwiatkowski says in addition to the players on his team playing on their community teams through the season, the regional squad has been practising twice a week as well as competing in several tournaments and exhibition games.
"Our players are extremely excited to compete in these westerns, and as a coach it is also an honour to be part of this event."
Single day passes will be available at the gate for $10. An adult tournament pass is $25 and family tournament pass is $50.
The Carillon Sultans saw their Manitoba Junior Baseball League season come to an end Thursday night in Winnipeg as they lost 7-4 to the St. Boniface Legionaires in the third and deciding game of their MJBL quarter-final series.