Santa Clara Baseball League schedule announced


By Eoin Devereux

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The boys of summer are back, as the Santa Clara Baseball League (SCBL) has announced its 2018 schedule. There will be eight clubs competing in the SCBL this season, playing one another twice over the course of the year. The regular season will end on July 4, with the playoffs beginning shortly thereafter. 

As for opening night, it’s set for Monday, May 14 and will see a pair of games on the docket for the Senior ‘AA’ circuit. The Carberry Royals will travel to Austin to face the A’s, while the Dauphin Brewers will be in Ste. Rose to play the Ebb and Flow Lakers.  As for the defending league champions, the Neepawa Cubs, their first game will be in Portage on Tuesday, May 15 against the Padres. The Cub’s home openers will take place on Wednesday, May 23, when they will host the Minnedosa Mavericks 

Another notable date to be aware of for this season will be Aug. 10-12, when the Cubs will host the Senior ‘AA’ provincial championship. This is the second straight year that Neepawa has been selected to serve as the host community. Scott Newton of the Neepawa Cubs said that Baseball Manitoba was very pleased with the local response to the 2017 event, in terms of both volunteer and attendance numbers. 

“The support of the community really made it an exciting weekend for everyone involved. Neepawa has always been great when it comes to volunteers and they proved it again last year. The number of people in the stands was also solid, and not just for the Cubs’ games. We’re really proud of what we were able to pull off last year and hope to build off it again this year,” stated Newton. 

Because the SCBL is hosting provincials, that will ensure two teams from the league will be involved. The Cubs have already secured their spot as the host club. The other position will be given to the team that finishes first in the regular season standings. If that team happens to be Neepawa, the second place club will secure the spot.