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Rosebud Junior Royals crowned Bantam “A” Boys Softball Champions

For the 6th time in seven years, the Rosebud Junior Royals (formerly the Wadena Wildcats) have captured the Provincial boys softball
title. The tournament, held in Wadena, featured Saskatchewan’s three “A” teams, from Wadena and area, Saskatoon and Shellbrook. The Junior Royals won both round robin games on Saturday by scores of 8-0 and 10-5, giving them a bye to the Final. In the final, the boys faced the Saskatoon Selects. On the offensive side, Luke Scutchings was 2-for-3 with a double and triple. On defence, two outstanding plays by right fielder Karter Hamel and a outfield assist at home by centrefielder Griffen Helberg, stymied any chance of Saskatoon getting on the scoreboard. Koby Faubert would throw a complete game, 3-hit shutout as the Royals would take the Final 4-0.

Next up for Juniors is the Rosebud Royal tourney on July 14, then the Leslie Beach men’s tourney followed by the Canadian Championships in Saskatoon from July 30-August 4. The Royals open up play against Newfoundland on July 31 at 9:00 AM. Many of the players then head to Swift Current in August 8 to represent Saskatchewan in the Western Canada Summer Games.


Pitcher James Holowaty was awarded Playoff MVP for his 4 wins, and only allowing 1 run in 11 innings on July 1st. Holowaty might have had some extra help watching over him in this season. On April 16th, his father Mel passed away after a long battle with Cancer. Mel was a former Royal, huge ball fan, and even caught for James when James was starting out as a teenager in men’s tournaments. To start the season James put his dad’s initials on under his hat and dedicated the season to Mel. Royals Catcher Scott Comfort, who has caught for Holowaty since the 1990’s, said "this playoff tournament was hands down the best he’s seen Holowaty pitch and he managed to keep it up for 11 full innings against one of he toughest lineups in the league.” Holowaty dedicated the season to his father, and now has the league trophy, and MVP trophy to show for it.


After starting the season 0-3 the Rosebud Royals went on a sizzling 12-0-1 record to finish league play and to be crowned champions of the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League on July 1st in Wadena. After two wins on Tuesday in the Pattison Agriculture Conference against the Junior Royals, and Foam Lake Merchants, the Rosebud Royals found themselves in the A-Final of the double-knockout playoff tournament against the Balcarres Broncs. Balcarres won their two games in Western Cycle Conference Playoff against the Neudorf Posse and Rhein Rockets, in an extra inning. The Royals defeated the Broncs, 3-1 in the A-Final to advance to the League Final Game. The other teams that qualified for the Playoff Tournament with one win on Tuesday were the Rhein Rockets, Neudorf Posse, Rosebud Junior Royals, and Foam Lake Merchants. On the B-Side, the Rhein Rockets defeated, the Junior Royals 9-0 thanks to Brett Peppler’s pitching a Shutout and hitting three homers. Chad Sebalsky added solo shot. The Neudorf Posse defeated the Foam Lake Merchants 9-3, and then lost a close battle 1-0 against the Rhein Rockets with Terry Peppler throwing a complete game shutout. The B-Final saw a heated battle between the Rhein Rockets and Balcarres Broncs in a back and forth relatively high scoring affair early. The Broncs came out on top 7-6 with Colby Davidson getting the win.

That Broncs win set up a rematch of the A-Final for the league title between the Original 6 team Rosebud Royals and Balcarres Broncs, 1st year in the league. The Royals jumped on the base-paths early loading the bases in the first inning but pitcher Darian Belgard Cote got out of the jam and ended up pitching five shutout innings. On the Royals side James Holowaty also kept the Broncs bats at bay also pitching a shutout. In the top of fifth the Broncs nearly scored the go-ahead run, with runners on 1st and 2nd, Royce Cote hit a line drive to left field. The runner rounded second and Carson Scheschuk made the throw home just in time for catcher Scott Comfort to make the tag at home for the 3rd out. The Royals failed to score in the bottom half leading to extra innings. The International rule found the teams starting with runners on 2nd to start the inning. The Royals intentionally walked Craig Geisler, and made it more interesting throwing a pass ball letting the runners get to 2nd and 3rd. Royals Pitcher James Holowaty pitched out of the jam with two strikeouts and a ground ball back to him to end the threat. In the bottom half the Broncs walked Lance Holowaty with first base open, and Scott Comfort hit a grounder up the middle and reached on error loading the bases. Royal’s veteran Darin Faubert hit a blooper over the second baseman’s head who made a nice diving catch for the out. However, Royals player Joey Leach tagged up on the play and busted for home with the Broncs player on his back and reached home just in time to score the league clinching run.

The league showed its parity once again in the playoffs, with more than half the playoff games finishing with a one run difference. Rosebud Royals now join, Wynyard, and Stoney Creek on the League Championship Trophy.

picture curtesy of Alison Squires of *Wadena News*

Day 1 of Playoffs

Posted by Richardson Pioneer Men's Fastball League at Jun 25, 2019 10:21PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Western Cycle Conference:

Balcarres broncs – 12
Neudorf Posse – 1

Balcarres Broncs- 7
Rhein Rockets – 6 in extra innings

Balcarres Advances to League A Finals
Rhein and Neudorf to B Side of Double knockout.

Pattison Ag Conference Playoffs:

Rosebud Royals 4
Rosebud Junior Royals 3

WP James Holowaty

Foam Lake Merchants 7
Wynyard Blues 6

WP Ryan Junop

Rosebud JR Royals 3
Wynyard Blues 2

WP Austin Paquachan

Rosebud Royals 11
Foam Lake Merchants 5

WP James Holowaty

Rosebud Royals advance to A Final. Foam Lake and JR Royals are in the B July 1st for the league Finals Tournament.


Richardson Pioneer Fastball League Playoff Picture:
In each conference top 4 teams make playoffs. In the Western Cycle Source for Sports Conference with one game still remaining between Neudorf Posse and Da Boyz tonight the placings are not going to be effected. Rhein 1st, Neudorf 2nd, Balcarres 3rd, Da Boyz 4th. Meanwhile in the Pattison Ag Conference Foam Lake Merchants will claim first place with a win over Wynyard Blues tonight in Foam Lake at 7:00. A tie or Merchant loss gives the Rosebud Royals first place. Wynyard Blues are guaranteed 3rd place and Rosebud Junior Royals will finish in 4th.

Pattison Ag Conference (Top half of draw) Tuesday June 25th in Wynyard 6:15
Foam Lake OR Rosebud Royals vs Rosebud Jr Royals
Foam lake OR Rosebud Royals vs Wynyard Blues
NOTE: A Foam Lake win on Tuesday Night gives them first place in Conference and they will face the Jr Royals. A tie or loss and the Rosebud Royals are 1st.

Western Cycle Source for Sports Conference Tuesday June 25th in Rhein 6:15
Rhein Rockets vs Da Boyz (Gordons)
Balcarres Broncs vs Neudorf Posse

Second Games in Each Conference Tuesday 7:15
Winners play Winners and Losers Play Losers

10:00 AM The 4 Teams with 1-1 records from Tuesday play (teams crossover to other to play team from other conference)
12:00 A and B Finals: Winners from 10:00 in B and teams that won 2 games on Tuesday in A
3:00 A loser vs B winner
5:00 LEAGUE FINAL A winner vs B Winner (Note: B Winner does NOT have to beat A Winner twice. A winner has home field advantage)

Tuesday June 18th:
Wynyard Blues 18
Fishing Lake Cubs 1
WP: Mike Jordan
Home Runs: Jordan Karakochuck, Logan Karakochuk (Wyn)

Neudorf Posse 3
Balcarres Broncs 1
WP: Drew Hoehn
HR: Chris Baber (Posse)

Thursday June 20th:
Balcarres Broncs 18
Da Boyz 0
WP: Not reported

Friday June 21st:
Neudorf Posse 3
Rhein Rockets 13
WP: Justice Keshane
HR: Justice Keshane (RR)

Saturday June 22nd
Rosebud Royals 8
Neudorf Posse 7
WP: James Holowaty
HR: 3 Drew Hoehn (Drew Hoehn pitched complete game for Posse and hit 3 home runs)

Rosebud Royals 11
Rosebud Junior Royals 2
WP: James Holowaty
Home Runs: Lance Holowaty, Scott Comfort, Dylon Murias (Royals)

Sunday June 23rd:
Balcarres Broncs 3
Rhein Rockets 7
WP: Terry Peppler
HR: Rhett Reeve (Rhein)

Rhein Rockets 11
Balcarres Broncs 8
WP: Brett Peppler
HR: Craig Geisler (Broncs)
Evan Neibrandt (Rockets)

Rosebud Royals 5
Foam Lake Merchants 5
Pitchers: James Holowaty and Ryan Junop
HR: Mark Pankratz

Pictured: Tristen McMartin (Rosebud Royals) batting against Drew Hoehn (Neudorf Posse) Saturday in Ituna in very wet conditions.