Midget Sox primed for provincials

by Phil Ambroziak

The Meadow Lake Midget Sox will have to pull up their socks if they want to make their mark at this coming weekend’s Provincial A baseball tournament at Lions Park.

In an exhibition contest against the Edam Blue Sox July 17, Meadow Lake was defeated 10-2. Coach Len Esau said the loss was a tough one, but did note several key players were absent because of last week’s Saskatchewan First Nations Summer Games.

“We’ve also had a bit of a spell between games, so the guys probably needed to knock off some rust,” he added. “They gave up quite a few runs to Edam in the beginning, but by the end they were playing much better.”

Pitching for the Sox throughout the game were Blaik Esau, Brett Esau, Dylan Esau and Johnny Cheze.

This weekend’s provincial tournament will take place July 26-28 and will feature eight teams. Because the Northwest Baseball League, which Meadow Lake competes in, does not keep a record of standings or hold playoffs, Esau said the tournament, much like the regular season, will be a good opportunity for the players to experience the fun associated with the sport of baseball.

“Our league is fairly informal – we just create a schedule and everyone plays,” he noted. “There are going to be some good, quality teams at this tournament. I’m not sure how we’ll do, but I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised. We’ll just give it our best and see what happens. Either way, it will be a great experience for the boys.”

He also encourages residents from Meadow Lake and area who enjoy baseball to stop by the park on the weekend and cheer on the local team.

“There are lots of younger kids who play baseball, so I think it would be great if their families brought them out to see some of the older kids play,” he said. “It’s going to be pretty good ball and will serve as a great way to promote the sport.”

As stated, the Northwest Baseball League does not recognize standings, but Esau said Meadow Lake finished with a record of 2-6-1, adding several games this season were rained out, but not rescheduled.

“We did OK,” he said. “Midget ball in Meadow Lake is a great opportunity for kids who are serious about the game and would like to enhance their skills. Maybe one day we’ll have more active players who will advance through the ranks.”

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