Minor Baseball hand out awards
Swift Current Minor Baseball wrapped up another outstanding season with their annual awards banquet, which featured guest speaker Ernie Whitt, the current Manager of the Canadian National Baseball Team and a former catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.
“Yeah we are pretty happy,” said SCMB President Pat Rokochy. “Our numbers keep trending upwards. We’re happy to have about 340 kids registered this year, which is up from last year. Then we added a couple new teams this year, so it’s very nice for us.”
“It just puts a nice wrap in the year,” said Rokochy of the fourth annual event. “Everyone has had a few weeks off now from baseball to kind of gather themselves and take a summer break. It’s nice to come back and recognize and celebrate the successes and the good year that we just had.”
Bantam catcher Ethan Murdoch was named the SCMB Most Outstanding Player to go along with the Bantam AAA Player of the Year.
“It’s a great feeling to get recognized for what I’ve done here. I was really happy with the season I had and the people I got to play with and the coaches I had, so I got a lot of help. It wasn’t just a personal season, we had great success, and I had a great time on the field with the boys and the great coaches helping me out.”
Murdoch recently won silver with Team Saskatchewan at the Ray Carter Cup 15U National Championship in Oshawa, ON.
“It was unreal. It’s pretty hard to describe. People ask me about it and I still don’t know what to say. It was crazy. The team we had, I had the most fun we’ve ever had on the baseball field together. It was crazy to play on that big of a stage. It was a great week.”
He was joined on Team Saskatchewan by Swift Current’s Kelsey Rokochy and Brody Alexandre.
“It was a great experience. It is a big deal and you kind of get lost in the scene of the big game. You see the guys that you’ve had by side before with you and it just sort of calms you down and you know your guys are there and everybody is there to support you. It was great to have those guys there with me,” said Murdoch.
Murdoch, who plays primarily catcher, was able to get a few pieces of advice from Whitt, a former catcher himself.
“It was awesome to learn and listen to some of the things he said. He talked about the big leagues and some of the things that go unnoticed as a catcher. You just pick up the little things, as a catcher you have to have the little things. Just to listen to some of the little things that he worked on that got him to the majors and to be so successful was awesome. I hope to do some of those things in the future.”
The awards recipients were as follows: Junior Umpire of the Year – Josh Hiebert
Senior Umpire of the Year – Darwin Seidler
Mosquito Coach of the Year – Brad Robinson
Peewee Coach of the Year – Monty Reich
Bantam Coach of the Year – Travis Harkes
Midget Coach of the Year – Dustin Bissonnette
House League Coach of the Year – Darwin Schultz
House League Team of the Year – Grey Jays tee ball team
Mosquito Player of the Year – Kyrell Adair
Peewee Player of the Year – Rydell Adair
Bantam AA Player of the Year – Wyatt Harkes
Bantam AAA Player of the Year – Ethan Murdoch
Midget Player of the Year – Logan Fritzke
Sharon Hogg Community Service Award – Kevin Patenaude
Louis Cherpin Volunteer of the Year Award – Perry Coward
SCMB Most Outstanding Player – Ethan Murdoch.