Saskatoon Tigers capture Women’s Senior C fastball crown

The Saskatoon Tigers won the 2017 Saskatchewan Women’s Senior C Fastball Championship on Sunday, July 30 in Warman

The Saskatoon Tigers rolled undefeated through a three-day tournament in Warman to capture the provincial Women’s Senior C fastball championship last weekend.
But it wasn’t easy.
The Tigers faced their toughest challenge in the semi-final on Sunday, July 30, when they squared off against the defending 2016 champions, the Saskatoon Grizzlies. With the game tied 2-2, the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on to punch their ticket to the final.
The Tigers went on to cruise to a 6-0 win over the Saskatoon Connextion in the championship game.
“The girls played well,” said Tigers coach James Southam. “They seemed to get better every game. It was nice to watch, and I’m very proud of them.
“The toughest contest was definitely the semi-final against the Grizzlies. We had our best defensive game of the season against them, and if we hadn’t done that we would have lost for sure. Give the Grizzlies credit, they’re a good team.” Continue reading “Saskatoon Tigers capture Women’s Senior C fastball crown”

Saskatoon Tigers win provincial Women’s Senior C softball crown, Chetty’s Pretty Boys win provincial Men’s C championship

Jessica Niekamp of the Saskatoon Grizzlies puts all she's got into a pitch during a game against the Saskatoon Mystics at the provincial Women's C softball championships in Saskatoon July 26
Jessica Niekamp of the Saskatoon Grizzlies puts all she’s got into a pitch during a game against the Saskatoon Mystics at the provincial Women’s C softball championships in Saskatoon July 26

The Saskatoon Tigers cruised to their first provincial Senior Women’s C softball championship on Sunday, July 26 with a 7-4 win over the Saskatoon Mystics.
“We were pretty confident heading into the tournament,” said Tigers head coach Lawrence Beatty. “But I kind of say that hesitantly, because we didn’t really know what to expect. It was the first time we had entered C provincials.
“And quite frankly, it was all we could handle.”
The Tigers’ last experience in a provincial competition was at the Senior B level two years ago, and it wasn’t pleasant.
“We didn’t do that well,” said Beatty. “But we went into this tournament in pretty good shape, with three solid pitchers and a great catcher, Rebecca Gurski. She caught every game and did a great job for us. She’s a tough kid.”
Rebecca Gurski’s older sister, Megan, was busy winning a gold medal for Canada as a member of the national women’s softball team at the Pan Am Games in Toronto on Sunday, July 26.
The Saskatoon Mystics had earlier downed the Saskatoon Grizzlies, coached by Roy Bedient of Warman, by a score of 7-2 in the semi-final.
A total of 10 teams competed in the women’s tournament.
The Chetty’s Pretty Boys from Ochapowace First Nation near Whitewood won the provincial Senior Men’s C championship the same weekend. The Pretty Boys beat the Pipestone Pirates by a score of 13-9 in the gold medal final.
Both the men’s and women’s tournaments were played at the Gordon Howe Park softball complex in Saskatoon.
The Warman Gems and Hanley Merchants were among 16 men’s teams vying for the title.
The Hanley Merchants made it as far as the tournament semi-final before losing 11-3 to the Pipestone Pirates. The Gems lost all three of their round robin games and were eliminated from playoffs.
Beatty, one of the organizers of the joint men’s and women’s tournament, said there were more teams than expected on the men’s side.
“We had 16 teams, which was a lot,” said Beatty. “It was great to see that many teams. The level of competition was really great and I think the fans got their money’s worth.”
Beatty said there was only one team entered in the Men’s Senior B tournament this year: the Bulyea Rustlers.
“They won the title by default,” said Beatty. “So they’re off to western Canadians in Winnipeg next month.”
Beatty said there’s not a lot of difference in the skill level between Senior B and Senior C, and noted that some of the teams in the Senior C tournament are probably second-guessing their decision not to go Senior B this year.