North Battleford is getting set to host the senior provincial baseball championship this weekend.
All but three games in the 12-game schedule will be played at Beaver Lions Stadium during the three-day tournament, with will see six teams competing in the AA Tier 3 Championship. The North Battleford Beavers will be kicking off their weekend at 7:30 p.m. against the Rosetown Angels, while Meadow Lake and Unity will play their first games at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. respectively.
Ryan Shepherd, manager for the hosting Beavers, told battlefordsNOW the tournament it is a great opportunity to get fans out to watch some great baseball in the Battlefords.
“The teams that are coming are coming with some pretty good pitchers, and pretty good bats,” he said. “They’re usually the top teams in their respective leagues that come out to provincials.”
As for Shepherd’s team, he has high expectations after the Beavers' second-round exit to the Unity Cardinals, a team that is in the same pool as them in the Provincials.
“We looked at all the teams coming out and I feel like we have just a good of a chance as any to finish the weekend on top or amongst the top,” he said. “We’d be pretty disappointed to not make semis on Sunday.”
Shepherd said he believes this is a second chance that the Beavers can capitalize on.
“We were expecting to do a lot better in league,” he said. “It would be nice to come back and win provincials and bring some hardware back. If nothing else, its good ball here in the Battlefords and it’s a good experience for us.”
The Gold Medal game is set to start at 2 p.m., barring weather, on Sunday at Beaver Lions Stadium.
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