The Peewee AA Tier 1 provincial championships featured a pair of local teams in action, with the Muenster Red Sox losing in the semi-finals and the Watrous Lakers failing to reach the playoffs.
The tournament got off to an excellent start for the Red Sox who knocked off the Lumsden Cubs 33-6 on July 27, and added a 15-3 win over the Swift Current 57’s on July 28.
With a spot in the semi-finals guaranteed, the Red Sox wrapped up their round robin with a 19-8 loss to the Weyburn Beavers.
The loss left the Red Sox as the second seed in Pool B with a record of 2-1.
In the semi-finals the Red Sox took on undefeated and top seed in Pool A, the Sask 5 Giants.
In a tightly contested affair, it was the Giants who managed the key hit at the key time as they edged past the Red Sox 7-5.
The Giants went on to win the provincial title with a 7-6 win over the Lloydminster Twins.
The Watrous Lakers meanwhile, enjoyed a much less successful start to provincials as they suffered a nail biting 15-14 loss to the Twins on July 27, and an equally tough 19-16 loss to the White Butte Broncos on July 28.
Thanks to their two losses, the Lakers knew their hopes at the playoffs were dashed.
The Lakers still came out determined in their final round robin contest and upended the eventual provincial champion Giants 17-16 on July 28, handing the Giants their lone loss of the tournament.
With both teams on the outside looking in, both see their seasons come to a close.
The Muenster Red Sox fell one win shy of winning a provincial medal after losing in the semi-final.
The Red Sox kicked off their tournament with a 13-1 win over the Estevan Crown Cubs on July 27, and wrapped up the first day of competition losing 11-7 to the Canora Reds.
Knowing they needed to get hot, the Red Sox responded on day two of the championships as they knocked off the Saskatoon Blue Jay Dirtbags 11-0 and the Moosomin Rangers 4-3.
Thanks to their two wins, the Red Sox concluded the round robin with a record of 3-1, good enough for top spot in Pool A and a spot in the semi-finals, where they took on Pool B’s second seed, the Kipling Royals.
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, their run would end there as they fell to the Royals, who would go on to beat the Kindersley Royals in the final to claim the provincial title.
With the loss the Red Sox’s season came to a close.
The Watrous Lakers’ trip to the Midget AA Tier 5 provincial championships ended earlier than they wanted after the club finished the round robin with a 1-3 record, and failed to reach the final.
With just five teams in the tournament, the top two earned berths into the provincial final, while the other three were eliminated.
The Lakers finished the round robin fourth.
The tournament got off to an ugly start for the Lakers who failed to score a run on July 27 losing 13-0 to the Carnduff Astros and 11-0 to the Assiniboia Aces; the two teams who would go on to finish first and second respectively.
After a tough start to provincials, the Lakers responded to start July 28 as they picked up a 10-7 win over the Moosomin Rangers.
Thanks to the win, the Lakers needed a win in their final round robin contest, coupled with some help if they were to advance to the provincial final.
Unfortunately for the Lakers they were unable to ride the momentum from their win over the Rangers into their final round robin contest as they were handed a 20-7 loss by the hometown Pontiex Pirates.
The Lakers finished the round robin 1-3 and were eliminated from playoff contention.
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