South Central -  2018 Provincial 15U AAA champions

Front row: A.J. Peters, Cole Harder, Jackson Rempel, Trenton Penner, Trent Crane, Owen Goertzen, Brock MacDonald, Myron Peters & Andrew Giesbrecht

Back row: Matt Giesbrecht, Clinton Brandt, Slade Sotheran, Dillan Thiessen, Reid Dyck, Ethan Giesbrecht, Denton Mateychuk, Christopher Peters, Brian Peters & Noah Olfert

It’s going to be a hectic couple of weeks for South Central’s 15U AAA baseball team.

South Central is the host team for the Western Canada Championship in Winkler from August 16-19.

Then South Central will head off to Oshawa, Ontario for the Canadian Championship which will be held from August 23-26.

South Central earned it’s spot at the Nationals thanks to a 6-4 victory over the North Winnipeg Pirates in the provincial final Sunday afternoon at Optimist Park in Winnipeg.

“It feels wonderful and it’s surreal at the same time,” texted South Central head coach Matt Giesbrecht shortly after his ball club won the provincial title. “Knowing the level of competition at the provincial tournament and then being able to finish at the top – pretty amazing.”

South Central gave up three runs in the bottom of the first and trailed the Pirates 4-2 before rallying for four runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Coach Giesbrecht, who watched his team defeat Winnipeg South 4-2 earlier in the day, mentioned that resiliency was the key to their success.

“We discussed a game plan going into the semifinal game earlier in the day and did not deviate from those ideas as the day progressed.”

South Central recorded three wins and one loss in the round robin.

The provincial champions outscored the BoniVital Black Sox 9-8 and blanked Pembina Hills 10-0 on Friday.

On Saturday South Central shutout the Carillon Sultans 1-0 and lost 12-2 to North Winnipeg.

“With respect to our pitching and catching, it was very important that we establish our off-speed pitch which in turn made the fastball very effective,” commented Giesbrecht. “Our defense was solid. The outfield tracked the ball extremely well and our infield made key plays and double plays when needed. The hitting was timely as we were able to receive contributions through the lineup the entire weekend. This was very evident in the semifinal and the championship game.”

So now the countdown begins to the Westerns in Winkler followed by the Nationals in Oshawa in back-to-back weeks.

That’s a lot of high calibre baseball over a short period of time.

“I don’t think our approach changes in any way heading into these events,” noted Giesbrecht. “We will continue having regular practices and do our best to help the players remain focused on our goals we set out to achieve at the beginning of the season.”

“This is a very special group of baseball players and treat each other as family,” added the South Central head coach. “Simply said, they play as a unit and always show the ability to remain focused to perform the task at hand. As a coaching staff, what more could you ask of your players!”


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Friday, October 19th

Ottawa 35 Hamilton 31
B.C. 42 Edmonton 32

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
Miller 6 Morden 0
Pembina 9 Portage Collegiate 8 (OT)

Winkler 1 OCN 0 (OT)
Dauphin 3 Waywayseecappo 2
Selkirk 3 Swan Valley 3
(suspended at 10:33 of 2nd period)

Charleswood 4 Pembina Valley 3 (OT)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Wpg Wild 3 Pembina Valley 0
Southwest 3 Wpg Thrashers 2
Norman 5 Central Plains 2

Pembina Valley 5 Eastman 3

Brandon 5 Everett 2

Manitoba 4 San Antonio 1

Florida 6 Washington 5 (SO)
Minnesota 3 Dallas 1
Nashville 5 Calgary 3

Major League Baseball
National League
Championship Series
Milwaukee 7 Los Angeles 2
(best of 7 series tied 3-3)

Toronto 113 Boston 101
Charlotte 120 Orlando 88
Brooklyn 107 New York 105 
New Orleans 149 Sacramento 129 
Minnesota 131 Cleveland 123
Memphis 131 Atlanta 117
Milwaukee 118 Indiana 101
Golden State 124 Utah 123
L.A. Clippers 108 Oklahoma City 92

Saturday, October 20th

Montreal at Toronto, 3 p.m.
Saskatchewan at Calgary, 6 p.m.

Zone 4 High School Hockey League
Carman vs Northlands Parkway
@ Winkler, 7:30 p.m.

Pembina Valley vs Wpg Ice
@ Morden, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg AAA Bantam Hockey League
Pembina Valley vs Brandon
@ Morden, 3:15 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Yellowhead vs Eastman, 1 p.m.
Southwest vs Norman, 2 p.m.
Parkland vs Interlake, 3:30 p.m.
Wpg Wild vs Kenora, 4:30 p.m.
Brandon vs Wpg Thrashers, 6:30 p.m.
Central Plains vs Wpg Bruins, 7:30 p.m.

Swan Valley at Wpg Blues, 7 p.m.
Waywayseecappo at Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
OCN at Steinbach, 7:30 p.m.
Selkirk at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.

Calgary at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado at Carolina, 12 p.m.
New Jersey at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
Buffalo at Los Angeles, 2:30 p.m.
Arizona at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.
Montreal at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Florida, 6 p.m.
St. Louis at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Vegas, 9 p.m.
Nashville at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Boston at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

Major League Baseball
National League
Championship Series
Los Angeles at Milwaukee, 7:09 p.m.
(best of 7 series tied 3-3)

Toronto at Washington, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Boston at New York, 6:30 p.m.
Orlando at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Miami, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Denver, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Portland, 9 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.


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