WILKIE — After a disappointing provincial weekend in Kindersley at senior men's provincials, the Wilkie Brewers are looking forward to competing for a league championship.
The Brewers started off their provincial weekend Aug. 5 evening with an 8-6 loss after a back-and-forth game with the Standard Hill Lakers. They then struggled through a 16-6 loss versus to a hot North Battleford Beavers squad on Aug. 6 morning. Aug 6 evening the Brewers played under the lights against the Kindersley Stallions. This once again was a back-and-forth game with the Brewers evening the score in the final inning and then coming through to win 9-7 in an extra, eighth inning. Aug. 7 morning the Brewers again won a close game as they defeated the Cabri River Rats 8-7 with a walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh.
With all five teams finishing with a 2-2 record, the tie-breaker came down to runs allowed. This eliminated the Brewers along with the River Rats and Beavers and sent the Standard Hill Lakers and Kindersley Stallions to the finals.
Brewers manager and player, Rob Cey, says, "Despite a disappointing weekend at provincials we are encouraged that we were very competitive even though we chose not to pick up any players that were not on our league roster. Furthermore, had we cleaned up a few of our mistakes early on in the tournament we could easily have finished on top again this year. However, this will just serve as more motivation moving forward into the NSRBL league championship."
Game one of the league championship goes Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. in Wilkie. Game two takes place at Silver Lake on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. and Game three, if necessary, is back in Wilkie on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m.
This will be the last opportunity for Brewers fans to see the Brew Crew in action in hopes of seeing their team capture the North Saskatchewan River Baseball League championship.