Neepawa looking forward to welcoming baseball’s best


Cubs to host Senior AA Provincials

By Eoin Devereux

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For the second straight year, Neepawa will serve as host to the Senior AA Provincial Baseball Championship. This premier sporting event will feature eight teams from a variety of leagues from across Manitoba. As the host club, the Neepawa Cubs receive an automatic invitation to the Provincials.

As well, the Portage Padres will serve as the representative from the Santa Clara Baseball League, due to winning the regular season pennant with a 13-1-0 record. Other teams that have secured spots in the tournament include:

- Brandon Cardinals (Brandon Senior AA)

- Springfield Braves (Winnipeg Senior AA)

- Boissevain Centennials (Southwest League)

- Morden Hawks (Border League)

- Hamiota Red Sox (Wildcard entry)

- Cartwright Twins (Wildcard entry)

Off the field, representatives with the Neepawa Cubs are optimistic they’ll be able to match the tremendous success of the 2017 Provincials. Last year, an estimated 400-500 people from across Manitoba attended at least some portion of the three-day event.

Cubs player/coach Scott Newton said the community stepped up in a big way in 2017 to assist with the weekend. He’s hopeful we’ll bring just as much enthusiasm to this year’s festivities.

“In order to ensure this weekend is a success, they need to find people who are willing to volunteer their time. There have been a few [individuals] already, who have contacted the club, indicating that they’d like to help in some way. We’re thankful for that support and are hoping others will also step up to ensure we are ready off the field as well,” Said Howden. “

“Hosting an event of this size was significant for the community. We received many compliments from reps with Baseball Manitoba and from visitors last on how well everything was staged. It really proved to be a great showcase everything that Neepawa has to offer.”

As for volunteering during the event, there are a wide variety of jobs to fill, including gatekeepers, grounds crew, scorekeepers, announcers and workers for the concession stand and beer gardens. Newton stressed, however, that they’ll ensure that volunteering is not an overly taxing job. He noted every little bit of support helps.  Anyone interested in helping out with the event is asked to contact Scott Newton, either via phone at (204) 841-4727, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The 2018 Senior AA Provincial Baseball Championship will be held in Neepawa from Aug 10-12.