The Midwest AAA Bantam baseball team has done it again. The boys team, which features Neepawa's Nick Kuharski, played in Provincials this weekend in Morden for the chance to advance to either Canadian Nationals or Western Canadians, and after another undefeated weekend, they are off to Nationals.
Play started on Friday at 11:15 a.m. against the Winnipeg South Chiefs. Darcy Buhler, Adam Robidoux (who replaced Chase Anderson, who is out with an injury), and Noah Lemoine shared the duties on the mound, and led Midwest to a 4-0 win.
Next up was Interlake at 4:15 p.m. Pitching was handled by Neepawa Natives draft pick Morgan Geekie and Dayton Heino, and a grand slam over the right field fence by Chad Kilimnik helped the team to an 11-2 victory.
Early Saturday morning the All-Stars faced Carillon, who they had not played before. The game started at 8:45 a.m., and once the cob webs were gone Midwest again walked away with a decisive 10-2 win. Adam Robidoux got the win on the mound, with Ryan McLenehan coming in in relief.
In their final round robin game Midwest came up against Parkland who was also undefeated in the tournament to this point. Dayton Heino started on the hill and threw a strong first half. Keenan Lewis came in to finish out the game, and the boys earned a 6-3 win.
In the semi-finals on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. the All-Stars played North Winnipeg, who won the City Championship this season. It was a bit of a slow start for Midwest who were down 2-0 after the first inning.
The boys kept digging and chipped away at the score, and then Adam Robidoux hit a three-run homer that blew the game wide open. Brody Smith pitched 5 2/3 innings and Riley Shamray finished up on the mound. The final score was 9-4 Midwest.
The finals were played in drizzling rain under a slate grey sky.
That did not stop the fans from coming out, as Midwest took on the home team, South Central. In front of a couple hundred spectators Midwest continued their run for Provincial gold, and to the dismay of most of the crowd, they won!
Morgan Geekie pitched a complete game. Branden Hatley and Jayden Bergen shared the pitching for South Central. Midwest fought hard for the win and came up with a 3-1 final score.
With gold medals around their necks the Midwest AAA Bantams now get the opportunity to represent Manitoba at the 2013 Baseball Canada Bantam Boys Championship Aug. 22-26 in Vaughan, Ont.
While the team is there everyone can follow the action live at http://www.baseball.ca/bantamboys/index_eng.cfm?content=schedule by clicking on the Results/Live Action button beside the appropriate game.