Winnipeg Free Press Newspaper Archives May 27 1990, Page 102

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - May 27, 1990, Winnipeg, Manitoba Free press May 1990 sports giants seek return to form conventional Wisdom says youth gives your team sizzle but its experience that wins Ball the Elm Wood giants Are hoping they can have both the sizzle and the Steak this season in the Manitoba Junior baseball with five rookies fresh from last seasons midget Ball team and another five players with Only one year of Junior the giants have arguably the youngest team in the giants coach Dave Olsen Hopes the injection of new blood will reverse the teams fortunes of last when they finished third in the Ejbl with a 1410 they followed that up with a three game playoff series win Over South Winnipeg chiefs before losing three straight to James athletics in the next Olsen stresses it was not that caused he and co coach Tom Thompson to alter the chemistry of the e wanted to change the team around and we had the ability to do that because of the Talent level who coached the giants provincial Champion midget team in if youve got the Talent of those Guys coming up you want to try and make room for them because they can give you four what the team lacks in experience right now is made up for with enthusiasm and raw among the rookies who Are guaranteed a spot Are highly regarded pitchers Kalam a and Southpaw Rob two of the top midget pitchers last Rookie Catcher Lance Browne is expected to take the place of Elaine lost to Roland Huemmer coach Dave Olsen will be keeping his Eye on the Rookie the lineup also includes outfielder Greg la who led the midget league in slugging last and Jared Hall at first Bachart said he Doest feel any More pressure coming straight up to bypassing the giants Bison i feel the pressure brings along a better he if you make a few mistakes youre a it comes with the this year is going to be a learning experience for a lot of Olsen concedes its going to take some time before this years edition of the giants comes together As a but he likes the chemistry Between the players and says if the they can play respectably Early in the its conceivable the giants could go All the Way to the Prairie regional the giants last went to the Western finals in i think were going to have a Strong team but i think its going to be a learning experience for a said we feel were going to spend the first third of the season worrying about How were not worrying about Bow were going the giants coaching staff Are going to lean heavily on returning veterans to provide among the returnees Are shortstop Steve who played at lakes Regent College in North Dakota this season and was named Pitcher Wilf also Back from North Pitcher Jason who is expected to return from Mayville and outfielder Jeff Trager will also play leadership roles with the Trager said the veterans on the team consider last year a following the High expectations everyone had Early in the i think our veterans Are going to take that into this the thinking were not going to win just because of How Good people think we were going to have to play up to our level Ever time we go Trager believes this years edition of the giants matches up favourably with the 1989 and May in fact be weve got a pretty Quick team and a lot of but i think the Best aspect of our team is i dont think theres a weak spot on our where the team May be thin is on the pitching even with a handful of talented no one dominated at the teams training Olsen Hopes that will change once some of the rookies have gotten some game the giants Are scheduled to play Host to Pembina May 21 at Chalmers High school athlete of the week Christine Chilton great Start Chilton on target Christine Chilton May not look like the kind of Pitcher who intimidates but her stats Tell a different at the James collegiate invitational fastball tournament last the diminutive Oak Park raiders hurler won All five of her allowing just one run in the raiders 41 win Over fort Rich mond centurions in the Chilton has averaged seven strike outs per game this leading the raiders to a 70 league Ive played pretty Well mis i think in More confident in a year older and Ive got More experience said the 18 year old one of four talented pitchers on the were pretty Lucky that we have four Good i think that kind of takes the pressure off of Chilton was with the team last season when it won the provincial senior girls fastball and she likes the raiders chances of keeping the weve got a Strong our hitting is a Little but Overall were playing As a i would say weve got a Good Chance of re if we can beat they have a pretty Tough in her spare time Chilton coaches a 9 and 10yearold girls softball Muff 1011 main Street 970 Portage brakes suspension 2 4 wheel alignment Lur Bike Giveaway is Over i Wouk like to thank All the folks that entered the Happy Bike Riding please continue to support my main Portage stores and watch for specials and coming up again Ruff estimates mufflers shocks dual exhausts hours 8 am8 pm weekdays 8 am5 pm saturdays Bill Kucherak owner 1011 main 970 Portage

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