CARLYLE - The defending Saskota Baseball League champions begin their regular season next week as they focus on winning their third consecutive title. Since 2004, the Cardinals have been league champions an incredible 11 times, being victorious in both 2020 and 2021.
League play commences May 26th when the Cardinals travel to Estevan. All 9 teams are returning to the league this season and each squad will play 16 games, 8 home and home series. Teams returning are the Arcola Threshers, Carlyle Cardinals, Carnduff Astros, Estevan D Backs, Estevan Wolves, Kenosee Cubs, Kipling Royals, Oxbow Chiefs, and the Redvers A’s.
Veteran player coach Brent McLean is looking forward to the 2022 season. “Nearly all of our regulars are back including Josh Hohn, Scott Nicholson, Cade Bendtsen, Danny Rasmussen, Brett Turgeon, Talen King, and Brock Andrew. The boys from Weyburn are also returning, as is pitcher Kody Rock. Adrien Riddell is also joining the team.”
Every Father’s Day weekend, the Cardinals participate in a very competitive tournament in Saskatoon. On the July 1st weekend, they are hosting their invitational Big Moose Tournament with games to be played in both Carlyle and Kenosee Lake.
The season-ending Harbourne playoff tournament takes place the July 22nd weekend and for the first time ever it will be held in Estevan. Provincials take place in early August. Scores and standings are updated daily on the Saskota Baseball League website through Ballcharts.com.
The Cardinal home opener is Tuesday May 31st when they play host to the Redvers A’s.
McLean also wanted to recognize the Carlyle and District Lions Club. “Lions Park is looking great! Our main diamond has an electronic scoreboard sign and shortly a new sound booth. We have one of the nicest diamonds in the league and our fan support is second to none. The Cards are looking forward to another great year.”