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Bryan Swaenepoel’s two-out single in the ninth inning allowed the Brandon Cloverleafs to extend their lead on the rest of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League last night.
Swaenepoel singled home Tom Klapp for the winning run as the Cloverleafs beat the Baldur Regals 4-3 and opened a seven-point lead in the standings.
In the other MSBL game last night, the Bittie Blue Jays dumped the Oak River Dodgers 9-2 to move into a three-way tie for second place with Baldur and the Brandon Ora Dental Marlins.
Cloverleafs 4 Regals 3
Clark Andres struck out 13 batters in a five-hitter for the Cloverleafs. He gave up two walks and hit one batter as the Leafs improved to 12-4.
Regals starter Jay Steffen pitched a strong game as well, giving up eight hits and three runs in eight innings. He struck out nine batters and walked two.
Brent Unrau relieved Steffen in the ninth inning and took the loss.
Jamie Waddell-Hodgson went 3-for-5 for the Leafs, scoring one run and driving in another.
Darrick Jones hit a two-run single for the Regals, who have an 8-6-1 record.
Blue Jays 9 Dodgers 2
The Blue Jays did all their damage in two innings, scoring five times in the fourth inning and four times in the seventh.
Matt Mutcheson pitched seven innings for the win, giving up two runs on six hits. He walked just one batter and struck out five.
Mutcheson also scored twice and drove in one run for the Blue Jays.
Birtle’s Mark Wakely and Tyler Wilson both singled twice and had two RBIs apiece as the Blue Jays improved to 8-7-1.
Chris McKague drove in both Oak River runs with a pair of singles.
Starting pitcher Les Nichols took the loss for the 5-10 Dodgers.
He allowed five runs and IO hits in six innings. He walked two batters, with one strikeout.
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Eastley had sizzling bat
Reed Eastley of the Brandon Ora Dental Marlins has been named the Manitoba Senior Baseball League player of the week.
Eastley went 8-for-13 at the plate to raise his league-leading batting average to .448. He scored four runs and knocked in four others as the Marlins posted a 2-1 record last week.
Eastley also tossed two scoreless innings and earned his second save of the season during the week.
WASHINGTON — The reality of getting his first NHL coaching job sank into Bruce Cassidy when he turned on the TV in his hotel room.
“I saw my name on ESPN so I guess I’ve arrived,” the Ottawa-born Cassidy, 37, said during a news conference called by the Washington Capitals yesterday afternoon to introduce him as their new head coach.
He becomes the second-youngest NHL head coach. Carolina’s Paul Maurice, 35, who entered the league at age 28, remains the youngest.
“I’m anxious, I’m grateful, I’m nervous,” Cassidy said. “It’s a great opportunity for me.
“I certainly didn’t see it coming this year but I’m glad it did.”
For the last two years, Cassidy coached the Ottawa Senators farm team in Michigan. He was AHL coach of the year last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
“I guess we’re part of a new trend of teams bringing in young coaches and giving them their first chance in the NHL,” said general manager George
McPhee, who fired Ron Wilson on May IO after five years behind the Capitals bench. “We found what we think is a real good coach.”
Brandon native Glen Hanlon, who coached the Caps’ AHL affiliate in Portland, Me., was reported to be a candidate for the Washington job as well.
Owner Ted Leonsis was impressed after meeting Cassidy last Friday.
“When we talked, he was very, very relaxed,” Leonsis said. “There was a confidence in him and a realistic approach. ” — Associated Press
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the controversial decision to bump star running back Mike Pringle from the lineup to make room for Phillips.
Terry Baker added a pair of field goals for Montreal.
Tyrone Taylor scampered 120 yards to score on a missed Baker field goal in the second quarter and Scan Millington scored on a two-yard run for B.C., which also got a pair of field goals from Matt Kellett.
The Alouettes had a chance to score again from the B.C. five with two minutes to play, but Pringle fumbled on his first carry of the game.
Phillips, who was released from two NFL clubs for insubordination, is the poster boy for sweeping changes made after the Als lost their final eight games of the season. qp
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SWAN RIVER — Del Pednck is back in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
The former coach of the Waywayseecappo Wolverines has been hired as the head coach and assistant general manager of the Swan Valley Stampedes.
Former OCN Blizzard general manager Leonard Strandberg is the new GM of the Stampedes.
Pedrick was fired by the Wolverines last fall and finished the season as cocoach of the Cleveland Barons of the junior A North American Hockey League.
Pedrick guided the Southwest Cougars to Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League titles in 1998 and 1999.
In addition to his three-year stint at the helm of the Blizzard, Strandberg has served two terms as general manager of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Melfort Eagles — from 1989 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2002.
Strandberg and Pednck both signed two-year contracts to replace Mark Johnston.
Johnston, a former WHL Brandon Wheat Kings assistant coach resigned from his dual post of coach and GM of the Stampedes this spnng to pursue other opportunities.
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If you’ve never been to a stampede^ it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Noted as the
“Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, the Calgary Stampede, set for July 5-14 attracts top rodeo cowboys from all over the world competing for $50,000 per event.
From the colourful parade to the heart-stopping chuckwag-on races in the evening, professional rodeo doesn’t get any bigger or better than the Calgary Stampede.
But one doesn’t have travel to Alberta to experience a stampede as organizers are expecting upwards of 25,000 enthu
siastic spectators to converge on Morris from July 18-21. The Valley Agriculture Society that produces the Manitoba Stampede & Exhibition has been in existence since 1895, when the fair was purely an agricultural show.
Also known as “The Big M”, the Morris Stampede is Manitoba’s only pro rodeo event and is the largest east of the Alberta border.
The popular pony chuckwagon races, chariot races and Ben Hur races are featured all four days. Another crowd-pleaser for fans of all ages is the Manitoba mutton bustin’ championships
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featuring young riders aboard feisty sheep.
Over the course of July, it’s also a busy time of the year for Manitoba communities hosting semi-professional or amateur rodeos.
In the latter part of the month, CCA/MRCA action converges on Gilbert Plains on July 20-21, Austin from July 24-27 and Swan River July 26-28.
All three stops also feature pony chuckwagon racing.
On the amateur front, the Heartland Rodeo Association will be featured at the Tnple S Fair & Rodeo at Selkirk on July 6-7 followed by a two-day stop at Crystal City on July 12-13.
High school competitors are rodeoing at either the Heartland or MRCA
level in preparation for a trip to the national high school finals next month or keeping things at an even keel until a new season rolls around in August.
It's also the time of year that Ranch Rodeos are featured.
Striving to put a little distance between the CCA Finals and the MRCA Finals, the latter will be staged in Brandon two weeks later than the
Organizers feel this will give all competitors, man and beast, more preparation time should they be working both finals. Here’s the finals rundown: Heartland,
Carman, Sept. 4-5; CCA, Saskatoon, Oct. 24-27; CFR, Edmonton, Nov. 6-10; MRCA, Brandon, Nov. 14-16; and NFR, Las Vegas, Dec. 6-15.
Darrell Nesbitt is a freelance writer. His rodeo column will appear Wednesdays through the MRCA Finals in November.
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