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Rhein Rockets Win the League in dramatic fashion!
Playoff MVP Evan Neibrandt and Terry Peppler. (Pictured accepting award from League Website Sponsor Scott Comfort RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty).
Game two was a back and forth game. After 2 scoreless innings Dave Renkas broke it open with a Solo HomeRun in the bottom of 3. The teams each got one in 4 with Veteran Terry Peppler pitching himself out of a bases loaded 1 out situation with two backwards K’s. The jr Royals then took the lead in top of 6 with 4 runs putting them to 5-2. Rhein answers back with 1 in 6. And after Terry Peppler shut down the Royals in the top of 7. In the bottom of 7 the Royals gave up one then with Rhett Reeve and 2 out in second Brett Peppler launched a Walk off Home run to win game 2.
With the Series tied at two the Modified best of 3 would be decided in a sudden death extra inning style game.
With a runner on second to start the inning the JR Royals the managed to load the bases. Clean up Hitter Carter McLean hit a long fly ball to second and Logan Schultz scored on the Sac Fly.
In the bottom of the inning With Adam Neibrandt on Second Evan Neibrandt hit a line drive triple in the gap to tie the game. Jr Royals gave Reeve and Peppler their bases to create a force play at home. However with Aaron Rathgerber up a wild pitch reached the screen allowing Evan Neibrandt to score from 3rd and claim the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League Championship.
Rhein joined the league in 2018. They lost in the Finals in 2018, Semi Finals in 2019 before reaching the Pinnacle of the league this year into he back of Veteran Terry Peppler that pitched most of the Playoff Games Including every inning of the final.
The Pitching matchup in the final showed the diversity of age in the League with Peppler being 43 years senior to Royals Pitcher Koby Faubert.
Jr Royals had a great season and have proven to be a strong team despite being all teenagers. The team has been in the league since it’s inception only clamming 2 wins in the first 3 years. They continued to work hard and develop to the point where they had a 5-6 record in 2019 and knocked off the 2018 Champs is the playoffs. This year the boys had a winning record and were 1 out away from the League Championship. The Jr Royals have nothing to hang their head about and will be a force in the league in 2021.
Past winners of the league:
Wynyard Blues 2018 and 2016
Stoney Creek Braves 2017
Rosebud Royals 2019
Jr Royals take lead in Richardson Pioneer Fastball League
Rosebud JR Royals win 3-1
Over Rhein Rockets
WP Koby Faubert
Hr Evan Neibrandt Rockets
Friday night at RE/MAX Diamond in Wadena saw a intense ball game 1 of the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball Finals. Veteran Pitcher Terry Peppler from the Rockets and 16 year old Koby Faubert didn’t allow many base runners all game in a low scoring battle. The Royals came out on top with error free defence and a great display of “small ball” to score some of their few base runners with bunts, stolen bases and Clutch hits.
The Royals jumped to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd but Evan Neibrandt quickly tied it up with a solo home run in the top of 4. The Royals speed was showcased in the bottom of 6 with Carter Petersen getting a lead off bunt single Between 3rd and the pitcher and a stolen base, followed by a 0-2 single by Luke Scutchings. Scutchings was able to reach 3rd off a stolen base and error and Lucas Ochitwa’s scored him on a groundout to 2nd to take the lead 3-1. Royals shut the Rockets bats down once again in the top of 7 for the win thanks to pitcher Koby Faubert and solid defence by the teenaged Royals.
Game 2 In Rhein 2:00 Saturday.
Game 3 if needed to follow extra inning Sudden death format.
Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League Semifinal 2:
7-0 Wynyard Blues def Rosebud Jr Royals WP Mike Jordan.
6-3 Juniors won game 2 WP Koby Faubert
1-0 game 3 WP Koby Faubert.
Like all of the League’s Playoffs Series’, this was a Modified Best of three with game three as an international rule sudden death game.
In the extra inning style game 3 each team started with a runner on second base. The Royals Kaden Fedak advanced the runner with a groundout to SS. Next up Luke Scutchings hit an RBI fly to right field before Mike Jordan shut the door for the Blues. In the bottom half of the inning the Royals Koby Faubert shut the Blues batters down with a Strikeout followed by two ground-outs
Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League
Final series dates (modified best of 3):
Friday at 6:30 in Wadena. 7 inning game.
Saturday at 2:00 in Rhein. 7 inning game. One-inning game 3 if needed would happen at the conclusion of game 2.
The League Final will feature a proven Rhein Rockets team having won 1st place in the league and been around the Men’s Fastball Circuit for year against a young team that has improved in the ranks every year of the leagues existence. The Jr Royals are made up of all U19 (formerly Midget Aged) and would have been competing for another Provincial Championship this year but with those cancelled this league title will be their last competitive games of the year.
Pictured: Royals pitcher Koby Faubert (age 16) in the Semi-Final Matchup against Wynyard Blues August 9th 2020.
Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League Playoffs:
Wynyard Blues def Rosebud Royals 7-1 and 7-0 In modified best of three.
WP both Games Michael Jordan
Jr. Royals – 7
FOam Lake – 0
WP: Koby Faubert (5.0 IP, 1 hit)
LP. James Anderson
HR- Luke Scutchings
Jr. Royals – 3
FL – 4
WP- Ryan Junop
For the First time the 3rd game was needed to decide the series. It was an extra inning sudden death format with a runner starting at second.
WP: Koby Faubert
LP: Ryan Junop
Kaden Fedak hit a 2B to lead off the bottom of the inning for the win.
Wynyard Blues and Rosebud Jr Royals Advance to Semi Final in Wynyard Sunday time 1:00 and 3:00 in Wynyard.
Rhein Rockets Defeated Neudorf Posse in Semi-Final.
6-5 in extra innings
12-3 game 2
Terry Peppler wins both games
Grant Edgar goes 3/3 Game 1 with 3 RBI and walk off single.
Evan Neibrandt with 3 home runs on the day.
Rockets advance to League Final and will host it as top seeded team.
Playoffs are set for the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League starting tonight. Attached is the complete draw.
After Consultation with Softball Sask and to follow the Province’s Covid Rules instead of a Playoff Tournament in one location the Playoffs are now hosted in the top seeds locations. The Playoffs will be a single elimination (no b-side) with Modified Triple Knockout. The Modified Triple knockout will consist of two 5-inning games and if those games are split the third game is an extra inning with the International Rule in Effect (9th batter starts on second base). In other word game three could end in one inning. Spectators must follow all Social Distancing Guidelines as be the Provinces current rules.
Round one starts tonight in Balcarres at 5:45 and Rhein at 6:15 with the Broncs hosting the Neudorf Posse and Rockets hosting the Fishing Lake Cubs. Round one resumes Saturday with the second place Wynyard Blues hosting the defending Champ Rosebud Royals, and Foam Lake Merchants at RE/MAX Diamond in Wadena to face the 3rd place Rosebud Jr. Royals.
Semi-Finals will be Sunday in the higher seeds location and times to be determined by the teams.
Finals dates are TBD but are to be finished on/before next Sunday the 16th. The location of those games will be in the higher seeds ballpark.
Final Standings (2020):
Rhein Rockets 5-1-1
Wynyard Blues 5-2
Rosebud Junior Royals 4-3
Balcarres Broncs 3-2-2
Foam Lake Merchants 3-4
Rosebud Royals 2-5
Fishing Lake Cubs 1-6
Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League
Rhein Rockets 7
Foam Lake Merchants 1
WP – Terry Peppler
Bret Peppler and Evan Neibrandt both 3 for 4 on the day.
Rosebud Royals 7
Rosebud JR Royals 4
WP James Holowaty
Hr Austin Paquachan (jrs)
WP- Mike Jordan 5 innings, 0 Runs, relieved by Tayler Jordan
LP – Drew Hoehn 4 innings, relieved by Justin Hollinger
The Blues were able to capitalize on a few Posse mistakes in the first inning, plating 7 in the process. Starter Mike Jordan threw well, only allowing 2 base runners over 5 innings. Tayler Jordan who came in relief worked out of a couple jams only allowing 1 run in his two innings. Dalton Lindal was the offensive star of the game going 3/3 while scoring 3 runs.
Jr Royals – 5
Neudorf Posse- 4
WP: Lucas Ochitwa
Luke Scutchings Grand Slam
Jr. Royals – 5
Foam Lake Merchants – 2
WP- Koby Faubert (2 hitter, 0 ER)
Kaden Fedak 2-2, 2 runs
Jr. Royals – 7
2 Koby Faubert
LP- Austin Paquachan
5-4 Foam Lake Merchants over Balcarres Broncs. Ty Bethum HR. WP James Anderson. LP. ??
Balcarres @ Wynyard
Blues – 9
Bronx – 2
WP – Mike Jordan
LP – Darian Bellegaurd
HR – Dylan Shewchuck (Blues)
On a great day for ball the Blues and Bronx battled it out. Both starting pitchers held the other team in check for the first couple of innings. The Blues led by a huge game from Dylan Shewchuck who had 3 hits, 1 home run and 2 doubles, were able to start to score. Blues thrower Mike Jordan had 11 Strike Outs while facing 2 batters over the minimum over 6 innings. Colin McLeod would finish up for the Blues while Colby Davidson took over for the Bronx.
15-2 foam merchants over fishing lake cubs. James A wP Austin P LP. HR Brodie Lamb Darby Koshman Korby Koshman. Cubs Austin Paquachan
Rosebud Royals 12
Fishing Lake Cubs 0
WP James Holowaty
Richardson pioneer men’s fastball league at RE/MAX Diamond in Wadena.
7-7 balcarres Bronx and neudorf Posse
Charles Mcnabb 5 innings 4 runs
Colby Davidson 2 innings 3 runs
Ty Betham 2 run HR in the bottom of 7 for the tie