Swift Current to host 30 baseball teams this weekend
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.