News and Announcements
With the addition of two more teams, the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League would like to welcome two new conference sponsors to the league. The Western Cycle Source For Sports Conference and Pattison Agriculture Conferences each feature 5 teams with 4 teams per conference making the Playoffs. The starts Tonight with a Pattison Agriculture Conference game between the Wynyard Blues and Rosebud Junior Royals (formerly Wadena Wildcats). The league now has 10 teams with two Conferences. The league wraps up with the Playoff Tournament July 1st in Wadena, SK. Attached is the schedule to date (with a few games to be scheduled yet). League results and the Master Schedule will be posted on Richardsonpioneerfastball.ca.
The Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball Leagues, Rosebud Royals experienced their first out of country ball since the 90’s this past weekend at the North American Fastball Association (NAFA) World Series in Fargo, North Dakota. The Royals entered the “A” division of the event featuring 37 teams from 17 different States or Provinces. Most teams were from larger cities while Rosebud was made up of ALL Wadena players plus James Anderson, pitcher from Hudson Bay. The Royals lost to teams from Kansas, Wisconsin, North Dakota, defeated Prince Albert Saskatchewan’s Thunderbirds and finally lost a team made up of players from all along the East Coast the Hagerstown A’s based out of Maryland. Although the Royals lost more than they won they competed very well in all the games, usually only having one inning per game that cost them. The Royals players were very impressed with the immaculate facilities, featuring 13 lighted and irrigated softball diamonds in one location and 5 more under diamonds construction. Other teams from Saskatchewan in that division included the Kahkewistahaw Blue Jays, Tint Centre Cubs (Saskatoon), Peguis Redmen, Kelvington PDC Comets, PA Thunderbirds, and Conquest. The Comets had the most success from Saskatchewan loosing their first game in a close one only to go on a 4 game winning streak before loosing out in their 6th game.
Rosebud’s Dylon Murias extended his World Series Experience being picked up by the NAFA U23 “AA” Free Agents Team. Each year NAFA takes eligible players from the Adult Divisions to make up a “Free Agents” team. This year there was one college female player and 14 players in the Men’s “A” Division that played on the U23 “AA” Free Agents Team. This years U23 “AA” draw had 8 teams including The PA Thunderbirds and Conquest Jr Coyotes from Saskatchewan. Murias’ Free Agent Team went 0-2 in their pool but picked up a win in the first round of the Playoffs against the eventual B-side winners Bowen FP from Illinois. The Free Agents then lost to Wisconsin’s Sand Prairie Construction Team in the Event Semi-Final putting them in a tie for 3rd in the event. Saskatchewan Conquest Jr Coyotes won the U23 “AA” Men’s Championship after defeating the Prince Albert squad in the other Semi-Final. Murias played Short Stop for the U23 Tournament and also batted lead off for the team. “The Players were awesome people, and it was a great experience. I was very happy to be a part of it” said Dylon. Murias ended up playing 9 games in 3 days between the two divisions.
The Royals World Series experience completes one of their most International years in their 48 year history. Earlier this year the Royals also hosted the New Zealand Midgets in a June double-header.
Aerial Image and details of Fargo North Softball Complex:
Pictured Left to Right: Back: James Holowaty (Pitcher/Coach), Ian Lazar, Dylon Murias, Shain Scheschuck, Brynn Achtymichuk, Derek Ekstrom. Front: Ben Tokarchuk, Scott Comfort, James Anderson, Greg Tokarchuk, Dane Ward, Dryden Ekstrom.
With Mike and Josh Jordan heading to Nova Scotia for Senior A Provincials with the Bulyea Rustlers, the Senior C Provincials are set for this weekend in Earl Grey. The remainder or the Wynyard Blues find themselves in the Green Pool with the Earl Grey Rockets, Conquest Capitals, Saskatoon Padres, and Dry Creek Penguins. Wynyard plays Friday at 12:30, and 4:30 and Saturday 10:30 AM, and 4:30 PM.
The Rhein Rockets with Rosebud Royals, James Holowaty and Scott Comfort are in the White Pool with Grenfell Gems, PDC (Kelvington) Comets, Saskatoon Merchants, and Warman Gems. Rockets play at 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM on Friday and Saturday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
The Black Pool includes Moose Jaw Giants, Hanley Merchants, Fleming Jets, and Laird Dynamos.
Top two teams in each pool advance to the single knockout playoffs starting at 9:30 AM.
Leslie Beach welcomed the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball league with the full bleachers and fences lined with golf carts Friday night. The Richardson Pioneer Fastball League held a showcase game for the Regional Park at Fishing Lake on the newly developed “Ron’s Field of Dreams”. Players were impressed with the Field condition and excellent setting. The game featured players from the Rosebud Royals, Fishing Lake Cubs, Foam Lake Merchants, Wynyard Blues, Kelvington Comets and Wadena Wildcats with a close 7-6 7-inning battle. The Wynyard/Foam Lake/Fishing Lake team jumped out to a 7-run lead early but the Wadena/Rosebud/Kelvington team battled back with a 2 run home run by Dylon Murias, and a Grand Slam by Scott Comfort. Cubs pitcher, Corbit Sabit held the comeback off pitching 7 innings for the 7-6 victory in the first ever Men’s Fastball game on the new field.
Event organizers look forward to more games on Ron’s Field of Dreams with talks of more RPFL league games, another showcase game like Friday’s or even a tournament next summer. Catchers Helmet Video highlights are available on Scott Comfort’s Youtube Channel with a GoPro helmet cam worn by catchers Scott Comfort (Royals) and Ryan Kayseas (Cubs).
The league may be wrapped up but the Richardson Pioneer Fastball League is hosting a Showcase Game at Leslie Beach Regional Park at Fishing Lake tonight at 7:30. Players from Foam Lake Merchants, Fishing Lake Cubs,Wynyard Blues, Wadena Wildcats and Rosebud Royals are making up two teams for the first men’s fastball game on the newly developed “Ron’s Field of Dreams”.
If other communities are interested in hosting a showcase game or even a Regular Season game next season contact league Marketing Manager Scott Comfort at Scott@ScottComfort.com, 306-338-9632 or on the leagues Facebook Page.