Rumsey & District Register
The Sports Days have wrapped up for another year and we can mark it as a success in the books once again. There were 16 teams that came to join us this weekend to have some fun and enjoy playing great ball. I would like to send out a big thank you to the breakfast crews each morning; the Rumsey Firemen and the Trochu Elks; the concession crew, Morrin grad of 2019 and their parents; and the supper crew; Country Cookers; for the delicious meals they provided for the teams and spectators. They were very appreciated by all. The games went well which brought us to the finals on Sunday with the D and C Finals being played first at 1:30 p.m. In the D Final, the Cowboys and Indians team with Rob and Claire Sinclair and their family plus lots of friends, (I’m sure Rob would have wanted me to take notice that he was the oldest ball player this year! He hasn’t lost his pitching skills so I hope he returns next year) vs Sauce Kings which was mostly a local young team managed by Cayle Griffith and Matt Kiemele. After a close game ending in a score of 14-12, the Sauce Kings came away with the win.
In the C Final, the Swingers and Dingers, who were our A final champions for the last two years, a team from Big Valley managed by Dillon Houston, played against the Masterbatters, a team from the Three Hills and Trochu area organized by Ty Mulgrove. It also was a close game with the Swingers and Dingers coming away the champions.
In the B Final, the YankDeez; a team with Rumsey roots as Dallas Morgan is manager and returns every year to join in the fun of this tournament; and the ShitKids team managed by one of my own, Russel Steen with lots of his friends from Stettler area; gave us an exciting game to watch as the score went back and forth and the Shitkids prevailed to take away the win.
In the A final; our local team, Tittsberg Feelers, managed by Jackie Watts with lots of local talent, skill and experience, challenged the newcomers, Tunnel Beetles, a team from Big Valley consisting of the outlaws of the Stefaniks, Erica and Loralea, with a few originals thrown in for good measure, Ryland and Chance. After another nailbitter of a game, the Tunnel Beetles came away with the win.
All the games were closely matched, we have at least 3 games that went into extra innings. One of the new rules we incorporated this year was the “One up homerun” rule; which means that each team is allowed only one homerun ahead of the other team. So when team A scores with a homerun then team B must get a homerun before team A is allowed to score again with a homerun. If team A gets a second homerun before team B gets their first, it is counted as an Out and no points are awarded. Well, in one of our games during Saturday, the teams tied in the 7th inning so they had to play an extra inning. Team A already had one up on the homerun rule when the team captain came to bat with two out on the score book. He winds up with a big swing and hits a homerun, the team cheers thinking they have won the game until the umpire yells “OUT” because of the new rule. What a way to lose a game. We also had one team on Friday night whose players hit 4 or 5 homeruns with only one counting in their favor because the wind was so strong from the north that many struck balls were carried farther than expected. The pitchers sure had to work hard to throw into the wind that night.
Thank you to all the volunteers who put on this tournament and to all the teams who travelled out to our little community to join in on the fun. It was a great weekend.
The Rumsey Centennial Committee would like to announce our committee is complete for the Rumsey 100 years’ celebration on July 12, 13 and 14, 2019. We will need volunteers to help out with various events during the course of the weekend with several people already on the list. Please contact Mary Newton at 403368-2121 or Dariel McNaughton at 403-368-2120 if you are interested. Get your ideas ready for entries to the 100 years parade on Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a supper on Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. then a dance to the music of Precious Cargo starting at 9:00 p.m. There will be more news to follow as the ideas are turned into concrete plans.
Finally, the Birthday party at St. Mary’s Lodge was held on July 16 with Kendra Kiemele serving as hostess. There were only two birthdays this month, Watson Reed from Extended Care and Agnes Greig from the Lodge. Congratulations on celebrating another year. August birthdays will be celebrated on the 20th of the month and the hostess will be Dariel McNaughton.
Have a great week, everyone.