The top six Midget aged baseball teams will be in Steinbach and Île-des-Chênes this weekend.

"Being from the Carillon area we are pretty proud to be able to show off our facilities and it's going to be nice to play in front of some fans," said Nick Grenier coach of the host Carillon Sultans.

The Bonivital Blacksox, Langley Blaze, Muenster Red Sox, Saskatoon Diamondbacks, Sherwood Park A's, and host Sultans will be competing to be crowned 2017 Western Canada Baseball Champions.

Playing on their home fields, having family friends in attendance and being to sleep in their own beds are just some of the perks of being the host team.

Grenier explained the team is really just looking forward to playing some ball.

"I know a lot of the guys just enjoy the sports so much that when ever they have a chance to be out on the field and be together it's always a good time," explained Grenier. "Obviously playing against some good competition is going to be good. We have some highly skilled players so having a shot at gold would be a goal for this team."

According to Grenier a lot of the players on this team have played with one another before, which will make gelling as a well-oiled machine much easier, which could help them hit the ground running in such a short tournament.

With teams coming from across western Canada the Sultans don't have a sense as to what each team is going to bring, are they going up against a lefty or a righty, what does he throw, and who are their big hitters, which is where constantly adapting to the challenge at hand is huge for these teams.

"Our pitchers have done well in the past. They just have to keep throwing strikes, because walks are what really hurts a lot of teams. If our pitchers keep pitching strikes we should be okay," said Grenier. "Our defence is solid and so we'll get those outs. We have a good offence and we just have to reduce the amount of mistakes we make. That'd be the goal."

Carillon's Schedule;

Sultans vs Sherwood Park A's @ Ile des Chenes, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Sultans vs Langley Blaze @ Ile des Chenes, Friday, 11:45 a.m.
Sultans vs Bonivital Blacksox @ Steinbach, Friday, 5:15 p.m.
Sultans vs Saskatoon Diamondbacks @ Ile des Chenes, Saturday, 5 p.m.
Sultans vs Muenster Red Sox @ Ile des Chenes, Sunday, 8:30 a.m.

The first and second place teams after round robin play will square off in the championship game Sunday at 5 p.m.

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SCOREBOARD

Monday, August 21st

American Baseball Association
Fargo-Moorhead 9 Winnipeg 3

Major League Baseball
American League
Baltimore 7 Oakland 3
Cleveland 5 Boston 4
Texas at Los Angeles, 9:07 p.m.
1st game: Chicago 7 Minnesota 6
2nd game: Minnesota at Chicago, 7:40 p.m.
National League
Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.
Arizona 3 New York 2 (10 innings)
Milwaukee at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.
Interleague
Seattle 6 Atlanta 5

Tuesday, August 22nd

American Baseball Association
Sioux City at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League
Oakland at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.
New York at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
Boston at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Chicago, 7:10 p.m.
Texas at Los Angeles, 9:08 p.m.
National League
Miami at Philadelphia, 3:05 p.m.
Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.
Chicago at Cincinnati, 6:10 p.m.
Arizona at New York, 6:10 p.m.
Miami at Philadelphia, 6:35 p.m.
San Diego at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Milwaukee at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.
Interleague
Seattle at Atlanta, 6:35 p.m.
Washington at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Colorado at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.

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