For the 6th time in seven years, the Rosebud Junior Royals (formerly the Wadena Wildcats) have captured the Provincial boys softball
title. The tournament, held in Wadena, featured Saskatchewan’s three “A” teams, from Wadena and area, Saskatoon and Shellbrook. The Junior Royals won both round robin games on Saturday by scores of 8-0 and 10-5, giving them a bye to the Final. In the final, the boys faced the Saskatoon Selects. On the offensive side, Luke Scutchings was 2-for-3 with a double and triple. On defence, two outstanding plays by right fielder Karter Hamel and a outfield assist at home by centrefielder Griffen Helberg, stymied any chance of Saskatoon getting on the scoreboard. Koby Faubert would throw a complete game, 3-hit shutout as the Royals would take the Final 4-0.
Next up for Juniors is the Rosebud Royal tourney on July 14, then the Leslie Beach men’s tourney followed by the Canadian Championships in Saskatoon from July 30-August 4. The Royals open up play against Newfoundland on July 31 at 9:00 AM. Many of the players then head to Swift Current in August 8 to represent Saskatchewan in the Western Canada Summer Games.