Wadena Ball Days
The Wadena Wildcat Pee Wee boys softball team hosted their North Central Saskatchewan League during Wadena Ball Day on June 3. The day would feature some of the top teams in Western Canada with teams coming from Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Irma, Alberta. The local team started their day with a great battle against the Prince Albert Astros, eventually losing 3-2 in what many observers called “an unbelievable game for 12 and 13-year olds”. Next up for the local boys would be the Irma Tigers, the perennial provincial champs from Alberta. The game would stay close for the first three innings before the Wildcats would pull ahead, with the final score ending up 9-3 Wadena. The Cats final game would be against the Saskatoon AA Selects, with the boys scoring early and often, finishing the day with a 10-1 win. Next action for the Wildcats is in Delisle on June 10 against Shellbrook, Warman and Delisle before heading to Provincials on July 8 and 9. Following Provincials it is off to the National Championships in Palmerston, Ontario in August.
Other minor ball games during the day included the Wadena Wildcat Mites against Humboldt 1, the Learn to Play Boys against the Learn to Play Girls, and Wadena Mosquito Boys Baseball played the squad from Wynyard. The Pee Wee Girls Softball team had a good battle against Humboldt 2 but lost by two. Mya Kolash of Wadena had a home run in the game.
Wadena Ball Days wrapped up with a pair of games in the Richardson Pioneer Men’s Fastball League Saturday night. The first game say the Fishing Lake Cubs come to town and pick up a win against the young Wadena Wildcat team. The score was 4-2 after 3 but the cubs bats hit their stride for a 14-3 final score. The Cubs send Corbet Sabit and Hal Machiskinic to the mound and the Wildcats had Coltin Paquachan, Lucas Ochitwa, and Nate Pomedli share the duties. Coltin Paquachan had a homerun in addition to his pitching duties while Lucas went 2 for 2 adding a walk.
FISHING LAKE CUBS 14
WADENA WILDCATS 3
WP: Corbit Sabit
HR: Coltin Paquachan
The final game of the day saw a good battle between the Foam Lake Merchants and the Rosebud Royals. The Merchants jumped to a 4-2 lead through two but the Royals answered back in the 4th with a 5-run inning. The Merchants rallied in the top of the 7th with 4 runs of their own but the Royals held them off for a 11-8 victory. The Royals James Holowaty pitched 6 1/3 innings with Neil Finch coming in to close out the 7th. For the Merchants Kevin Garinger went 4 for 4 with a Homerun and Brodie Lamb went 3 for 3. The pitchers for the Merchants were Kevin Garinger (4 innings) and James Anderson (2 innings). The Royals Mason Nedjelski and James Holowaty both reached base every at bat.
ROSEBUD ROYALS 11
FOAM LAKE MERCHANTS 8
WP: James Holowaty
HR: Kevin Garinger
Pictured: Keenan Sowa waits for a hit from Rocky Nanaquawetung.