Swift Cur­rent to host 30 base­ball teams this week­end

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Swift Cur­rent will serve as host to 30 mi­nor base­ball teams from Saskatchew­an and Al­berta this com­ing week­end. The An­nual Swift Cur­rent In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment will start on Fri­day, June 19th and end on Sun­day, June 21st. Games in the Mos­quito, Pee Wee, Ban­tam and Midget di­vi­sions will be held at the base­ball di­a­mond com­plex on 19th Av­enue NE and also at Ford Field and Riverdene Park.

Teams from across Saskatchew­an and Al­berta will be com­pet­ing for top hon­ors in the tour­na­ment’s four di­vi­sions.

“This event is a top cal­i­bre base­ball tour­na­ment for our lo­cal teams that will be com­pet­ing in pro­vin­cial play­offs later in July,” states Wen­dell Kehler, Pres­i­dent of the Swift Cur­rent Mi­nor Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. “We en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to come to the di­a­monds this week­end and en­joy some ter­rific base­ball.”

Kehler adds that host­ing a tour­na­ment of this cal­iber is an op­por­tu­nity to show those vis­it­ing ball teams the ex­cel­lent base­ball fa­cil­i­ties that we have to of­fer in the city. It will also help to pre­pare Swift Cur­rent’s teams for their pro­vin­cial play­offs next month.

He is also quick to ac­knowl­edge the tremendous amount of work that a tour­na­ment of this size takes to put on. “In the past years, we have re­ceived many com­pli­ments from out­side teams that speak to the qual­ity of the tour­na­ment and our at­ten­tion to de­tail,” adds Kehler. “This feed­back speaks vol­umes to the ded­i­ca­tion and huge amount of ef­fort from our teams’ par­ents, coaches and tour­na­ment vol­un­teers. We could not do it without the help of every­one, in­clud­ing the City’s Parks & Recre­ation depart­ment!”

The Swift Cur­rent teams that will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in­clude the Mos­quito In­di­ans, coached by Bryce Martin, whose games will be played on the two Mos­quito Di­a­monds on the west side of 19th Av­enue NE, and start on Fri­day night at 7 p.m.

The Pee Wee In­di­ans, coached by Tom Crozier, will play at Ford Field and Riverdene Park, and be­gin Satur­day morn­ing at 8:30 a.m.

The Ban­tam In­di­ans, coached by Dar­win Hef­fley, will play their games at Ki­wa­nis Field and Kins­men Field on the east side of 19th Av­enue NE beginning Fri­day night at 6:30 p.m.

The Midget In­di­ans, coached by Ken Wall, will play at Mitchell Field beginning Fri­day at 6 p.m.

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