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WYNYARD BLUES Ice Breaker Tournament Results (provided by Mike Jordan – Wynyard Blues):
The Wynyard Blues hosted their 4th annual May Long Ice Breaker Tournament on Sunday the 22nd at the Wynyard Sports Grounds. It was a beautiful day and many people turned out to watch some very competitive fastball. Along with the Blues there was the Fishing Lake Mariners and Rosebud Royals both from the Richardson Pioneer men’s Fastball League as well as the PDC Comets (Kelvington) , the Fleming Jets and the Balcarres Bronx. PDC won pool B with Fleming going to the B side. Rosebud won pool A in a tie-breaker scenario which sent Wynyard to the B as each team finished the round robin at 1-1. In the A Final PDC bested Rosebud 3-1. Neil Finch pitched for the Comets and James Holowaty for Rosebud. In the B final, Fleming won 5-4 in a thrilling match over the hometown Blues. Mike Jordan was straddled with the loss for Wynyard while both Adam Wolfe and Brayden Stewart pitched well for the Jets. Mike Jordan also had a home run in the game. The C final saw Balcarres win over the Mariners. The Blues would like to send a special thanks to the tournament sponsors and volunteers for donating their time and money to make the day happen. Back to league play this week for the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League with the Fishing Lake Mariners at Fishing Lake Cubs Monday 7:00, Foam Lake Merchants at Wadena vs Rosebud Royals Tuesday 7:00, Fishing Lake Mariners at Wynyard Blues Wednesday 7:00 AND Fishing Lake Cubs at Rosebud Royal Thursday 7:00 in Wadena.
Pictured Rosebud Royals pitcher James Holowaty who threw all three games for the Royals and hit a home run in the second game (picture provided by Lisa Ochitwa)
Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League Results, Thursday May 19th, in Wadena, SK.
Wadena Wildcats 24
Fishing Lake Mariners 11.
Fishing Lake Mariners 3 2 0 1 5 0 =11
Rosebud Royals 3 1 4 5 4 7 = 24
A nice night for ball as the Wadena Wildcats hosted the Fishing Lake Mariners. The Wildcats won 24-11 in 6 innings. It was nice to see a lot of fans out cheering on both teams. The fans got plenty of entertainment with lots of hits and stolen bases. Brady Linnen hit two home runs with Lucas Ochitwa and Dylon Murias also hitting round trippers for the Wildcats. Nathan Pomedli pitched 4 innings for the Wildcats with Koltin Paquachan closing out the last two.
Brady Linnen 2 (PICTURED)
Tuesday May 17th in Wadena, SK
A large crowd applauded the Rosebud Royals and Fishing Lake Mariners after a 2-2 tie Tuesday night in Wadena. The Rosebud Royal jumped to an early lead with two runs in the first inning but the Fishing Lake Mariners answered back scoring one in the top of the second. For the next four and a half innings pitchers James Holowaty and Dusty Keshane did not allow a run. In the 5th Inning, Royals center-fielder Kory Achtymichuk made spectacular diving catch and doubled off the runner at second base to hold the Rosebud Royals lead until Darcy Kayseas hit a solo home run in the top of the 7th. Kayseas’ home run lead to a 2-2 final score for the first men’s league game in Wadena since the mid-1990’s. The next action for the Richardson Pioneer Fastball League has the Fishing Lake Mariners back in Wadena to face the Wadena Wildcats Thursday evening at 6:00 followed by Wynyard Blues hosting their Ice Breaker Tournament this Sunday starting at 10:00 with the A-final at 5:45.
James Holowaty – Rosebud Royals
Dusty Keshane – Fishing Lake Mariners
Darcy Kayseas – Fishing Lake Mariners
Foam Lake Merchants visited the host Fishing Lake Cubs Monday May 16th. Corbett Sabit took the mound for the Cubs and James Anderson was the starter for the Merchants. The Cubs took a two run lead in the third inning with some timely hits from their veteran players, Ryan Kayseas hit a scorcher to the fence scoring two runs. In the fourth the Merchants rallied back to tie the game with two runs scoring as a result of Mark Meldrum’s double. In the fifth the Merchants scored one more run on back to back doubles. With two out in the sixth Garth Anderson hit a double to score two more runs making the count 5-2. James Anderson finished the game off with two strike outs in the bottom of the seventh.
*Winning Pitcher: James Anderson
Pictured: Ryan Kayseas batting
Richardson Pioneer becomes Title Sponsor for the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League
Richardson Pioneer, a division of Richardson International Limited, Canada’s largest agribusiness is proud to partner as the Title Sponsor for the formerly titled Milligan Creek Men’s Fastball League.
In its inaugural season, the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League features six teams in East Central Saskatchewan. The league not only offers an opportunity for area men to play, it gives high school kids a chance to play with a lack of minor softball leagues in the area. The Wadena Wildcats and Fishing Lake Mariners are completely made up of 19 and under boys, in addition to some younger players on Wynyard and Foam Lake. The only other option for those boys is to play against Bantam and Midget aged teams with the closest being PA, Saskatoon and Regina.
“We are pleased to support this league and help give high school students and adults the opportunity to play fastball in their community,” says Carter Kolybaba, Director of Operations for Richardson Pioneer Wadena. “It’s having activities like this that make our communities thrive.”
The Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League consists of the Foam Lake Merchants, Fishing Lake Mariners, Fishing Lake Cubs, Wadena Wildcats, Rosebud Royals (Wadena), and Wynyard Blues. League President James Holowaty said “This partnership with Richardson Pioneer will allow the league to offer an opportunity to play in an organized league for years to come.”
Richardson International is proud to be truly invested in Canadian agriculture. Recognized as a global leader in agriculture and food processing, Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and a vertically-integrated processor and manufacturer of oats and canola-based products. One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, Richardson is headquartered in Winnipeg and has over 2,500 employees across Canada and the U.S.