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Pee Wee Royals power through provincials

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The Swan Valley Pee Wee Royals hosted the Baseball Manitoba 2017 13U Provincial Championships at the Swan River Legion Park last weekend (July 7-9).

The games were held at the Jack Brown Memorial Baseball Field along with the corresponding Diamond number two.

Carolle Cowan was joined by Gord Zamzow, who threw out the official opening pitch during the opening ceremonies on Friday evening. The pitch was in honour of Cowan’s late husband, Jack Brown.

Jack Brown was recognized provincially as a Top Minor Coach/Manager by the Manitoba Softball Association.

Brown was honoured because of his passion for the game, outstanding coaching skills, his sportsmanship, management skills and his pitching skills.

Jack Brown’s teammates honoured him with the naming of the diamond after him.

There were ten teams from around the province who competed during the provincials this year.

“Overall things went great this weekend”, said Swan Valley Royals Pee Wee Head Coach, Darrel Ferland. “

The weather was perfect and the coaches and players were eager and excited to play and everything went smoothly,” said Ferland.

The two diamonds were very busy and packed with parents, coaches, friends and athletes supporting the teams.

The Swan Valley Royals Pee Wee team played four round robin games throughout the weekend.

In their opening game, the Royals played against the Brandon Grizzlies. The Grizzlies, who would end up losing in the gold medal game, ended up coming out on top by a score of 16-9.

The Royals’ second game was against the La Broquerie A’s - Carillon. The Royals would pick up their only win of the weekend by a score of 8-6, keeping their playoff hopes alive going in to day two.

The Royals would open Saturday with a heartbreaking, extra inning loss to the eventual provincial champion Russell Bulls. The Midwest representatives would score the all-important eighth inning run to defeat the hosts by a score of 9-8.

The Royals’ last game of the weekend was played against Pembina Hills. The visitors scored early and often en route to 20-9 drubbing of the hosts.

“Provincials is tough competition. Our kids did their very best and tried so hard the whole time, said Ferland. But this is the best from all over Manitoba so it is a pretty stiff competition”.

“The volunteers were steadily on the go the entire weekend,”

“We have a great group of parents and everyone was always so busy,”

“ We received lots of great compliments about the diamonds and our community” continued Ferland.

“Carolle Cowan helped out with the opening pitch during the opening ceremonies,” said Ferland.

“I would also like to acknowledge Craig Zamzow, Gord Zamzow, Mark Simpson, Lyle Sagert, Lise Fraser, Rob Buchanan, the umpires and all the volunteers who helped out with the admission gate and canteen,” continued Ferland.

All teams had an exciting time this last weekend and is a great way to wrap up the baseball season this year.

The Russell Bulls would go on to capture provincial gold when they defeated the Brandon Grizzlies by a score of 14-13 in the championship final.