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On June 16, one of the most exciting softball events in Wadena history happened with the New Zealand International Softball Academy’s 19-and-under Team coming to town. The event was planned a year prior with discussion centred around a Saskatchewan tour of midget ball players from New Zealand. With the strong connection of Wadena to boys softball the decision was made to include Wadena in the cross Canada tour. The New Zealand players were hosted by local billet off the Rosebud Royals and Wadena Wildcat Bantam team.

Game one started with New Zealand jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead over the hometown Rosebud Royals. The Royals would continue to chip away at the lead making it 5-2 in the third inning; however, New Zealand would again pull away after that making the final 12-2 for the team from New Zealand. Leading the way for New Zealand would be shortstop Josh Jacobs with two homeruns and four RBIs. The winning pitcher for the game would be Scott Hartley. The final line score would be:
Rosebud: 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 errors, 7 LOB
NZ: 12 runs, 10 hits, 4 errors, 9 LOB

Game two would see the hometown Rosebud Royals exact revenge on the young in New Zealand team. Rosebud would hold a 4-3 lead after four innings and continue to hold the lead until the next winning when New Zealand pulled ahead 5-4. The Royals would then score 4 runs in the sixth inning to jump out to an 8-5 lead on route to a 9-8 Final for the hometown Royals. Rosebud sent experience and youth to the Mound with Masters aged James Anderson getting the win pitching 5 and 2/3rd inning and Midget aged Nathen Pomedli coming in for the save. The final line score would be:
Rosebud: 9 runs, 12 hits, 1 error, 6 LOB
NZ: 8 runs, 11 hits, 2 errors, 4 LOB

The event was also used to promote boys softball across our province and with that the introduction of local boys that will be heading to New Zealand and Australia in February 2019. The local Saskatchewan Junior Canadian Royals will be heading to Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia to participate in games against boys teams from those countries. The local boys are 4-time provincial champions and are looking forward to the next step, that being ball at the international level.

Check out Helmet Cam Video from Royals Catcher Scott Comfort here:

Sunday June 17th in Wadena:
Wadena Wildcats- 11
Da Boyz – 3

WP: Nathen Pomedli
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Friday June 19th in Wadena (moved ahead and played instead of June 19th, 2018)
Foam Lake Merchants 8
Rosebud Royals 8

Pitchers James Holowaty and James Anderson
HR: Brodie Lamb, Greg Beaudoin, Korby Koshman (all FL)

Upcoming Games:
Stoney Creek Braves at Rhein Rockets 7:00 Monday
Neutral Site game IN ITUNA Rhein Rockets vs Da Boys 6:30 and 7:45 Double Header Tuesday

Schedule Changes

Posted by Richardson Pioneer Men's Fastball League at Jun 15, 2018 1:40PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Schedule Change for tonight in the Richardson Pioneer Mens Fastball League has Foam Lake Merchants are now playing In Wadena against the Rosebud Royals at 7:00.

Thursday night had the Rhein Rockets visit Fishing Lake. Rockets took the win 11-9.

Rosebud Royals still set to face New Zealand’s International Softball Academy Saturday at 4:30 and 6:30 on RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty Diamond in Wadena. Get there early to see the world famous New Zealand Haka Dance.

Rhein Rockets upcoming schedule. Monday in Rhein vs Stoney Creek, TuesdayJune 19 against Da Boys in Ituna (double header)6:30 and 7:45. Also make up game Rhein at Foam Lake Tues June 26


June 12th 2018
Foam Lake Merchants 10
Rhein Rockets 9

WP James Anderson
HR Logan Kristjanson, Chad Sebulsky, Evan Neibrandt
Foam Lake Merchants got ahead 10-6 going into the bottom of 7. The neutral site crowd in Sheho was treated to some excitement when home town boy Chad Sebulsky hit a 3 run Homerun to bring the Rockets within 1 but that was all the Rockets could muster in their last attempt. Merchants won 10-9.

Da Boyz 9
Rosebud Royals 15

WP Dylon Murias
HR n/a
Rosebud Royals kept a few runs ahead of Da Boyz during the game, then broke it open in the 6th batting around the order. Royals Pitcher Dylon Murias had his first complete game win holding the Gordon’s Squad off through the 7 inning game.

After the game the Royals stuck around to finish off their home dugout they were installing in time for the New Zealand International Softball Academy double header on Saturday. The Royals upgraded their Home Dugout and one more dugout on a second diamond. The Royals project used materials supplied by Wadena Coop with some of those materials donated by the Wadena Coop and some backhoe work donated by Doug Ward and Four Ward Holdings. The Dugout is one of a few of the upgrades happening at the McClymont Lions Sports Grounds, thanks to the Town of Wadena and companies like Wadena Co-op, Four Ward Holdings, and Diamond Sponsor RE/MAX Blue Chip Realty. The addition of the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball league and a huge jump in Minor Ball Numbers have given some new life to Ball in Wadena and the sports grounds.

Upcoming Games:
Wednesday’s Double Header between the Wadena Wildcats and Wynyard Blues has been postponed with a date to be determined.
Thursday June 14th 7:00: Rhein Rockets at Fishing Lake Cubs
Friday June 15th 7:00: Stoney Creek Braves at Foam Lake Merchants.
Saturday: Rosebud Royals vs New Zealand International Softball Academy 4:30 and 6:30. Come early to see the world famous Haka Dance.

Pictured is Royals Tristen McMartin (left) and Dylon Murias (right). This picture was taken after Dylon’s 7-inning winning performance on the mound for the Royals.

Rosebud Royals defeated the Foam Lake Merchants 15-11 in a high scoring event in Foam Lake on Tuesday. The teams bats were hot early in the game and cooled slightly as the game when on. Garth Anderson (FL), and James Holowaty each pitched the complete 7-inning games with Holowaty picking up the win. The only Home Run of the game came of the bat of Merchant Brennen Hack.

Rosebud Royals 15
Foam Lake Merchants 11
WP: James Holowaty
HR: Brennen Hack

Tuesday’s Games see the Foam Lake Merchants in Sheho to face the Rhein Rockets, AND Da Boyz visiting Wadena to face the Rosebud Royals. Both Games start at 7:00.


Rhein Rockets lost the final to Fleming Jets winning both pool games and loosing to The Fleming Jets. Evan Neibrandt and Bret Peppler had home runs. Terry Peppler pitched 2 games and Bret pitched one.

Rosebud Royals went 1-1-1 to win the C side losing to YFC Jays, tying the Fleming Jets, and beating SCN. Royals bats were hot with Tristin McMartin (pictured) hitting a Grand Slam, and home runs by Dylon Murias, Greg Tokarchuk, Derek Ekstrom, Scott Comfort. James Holowaty pitched all three games and Dane Ward hit a walk off to score three runs in the C-Final again SCN (Pelican Narrows).

The B- Final saw the KK Blues and YFC Jays tied 0-0 after 5 and the game was called due to lighting. KK Blues had some of the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League’s Stone Creek Braves.

Upcoming games include:
Monday June 11: Wadena Wildcats in Key vs Stoney Creek Braves 6:30
Monday June 11: Rosebud Royals at Foam Lake Merchants (game previously scheduled June 8th) 7:00
Tuesday June 12: Foam Lake Merchants vs Rhein Rockets in Sheho 7:00
Tuesday June 12: Da Boyz vs Rosebud Royals in Wadena 7:00
Wednesday June 13: Wynyard Blues vs Wadena Wildcats in a double header in Wadena 5:30/7:00
Thursday June 14: Rhein Rockets at Fishing Lake Cubs 7:00
Friday June 15: Stoney Creek Braves at Foam Lake Merchants
Saturday June 16: Exhibition: Rosebud Royals vs New Zealand International Softball Academy 4:30/6:30 in Wadena. (Come early to catch the world famous Haka Dance.