Mi­nor Base­ball hand out awards

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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.

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