N.B. Petro Hawks become senior men champs in Canadian Native Fastball

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The Regina N.B. Petro Hawks were prepared to fight to earn the championship title for the senior men’s division at the 2014 Canadian Native Fastball tournament held in Prince Albert this weekend.

A runner for the Randy's A's is caught between first and second base during the first of two final games at the 2014 Canadian Native Fastball Championship on Sunday. The N.B. Petro Hawks won both final games against  Randy's A's 5-4 and 1-0.

The Hawks defeated British Columbia’s Randy's A’s twice in two final games with a score of 5-4 and 1-0 at Prime Ministers Park late Sunday evening.

“It’s been quite a battle, we’re pretty played out right now,” said Hawks coach Lyle Mcnab before their final game against Randy’s A’s.

The Hawks played a total of five back-to-back games on Sunday.

“Randy’s A’s is a good team and we’ve probably been battling with them for probably 10 years,” he said. “They’re good batters and hitters.”

The team Randy’s A’s plays in memory of coach Dean Martin’s son. Martin said one of the biggest challenges the team encountered was waiting to play the final game against the Hawks.

“We just started coming around at the last part in the game this game,” Martin said between the final two games. “They (the Hawks) have been playing so they’re ready.”

To see a slideshow of the first final game, click here.

In the double knockout tournament, the Hawks lost only once to the 2013 champs, the Westbank Cardinals, dropping the Regina team to the B-side on Saturday. 

The Hawks won three consecutive back-to-back games on Sunday, including a win against the Westbank Cardinals in a second match up. The Cardinals had lost against the Randy A’s in the semifinals.

The James Smith Red Sox senior men’s team won two out of four games in their series. The team lost their last game to the Skownan Bigmen 15-3 on Sunday morning.

The James Smith Indians lost both of their games Friday morning and Saturday morning. They conceded their final Sunday morning game due to a lack of players.

Red Nation grabbed the title of senior women’s champs after their 3-1 win against the MFN Mystics.

Big Scoop Supreme won the masters women division in their game against Yesterday’s Jazz 16-13.

The Sapotawayak Cree became the masters men champs after defeating Woodstone Construction 8-7.

The James Smith Cree Nation masters men team reached the semifinals in the consolation draw before losing 14-3 to the SKO Vets.

“We had fun, that’s what we wanted to do,” said coach Walter Constant. “We didn’t expect to win but it’s good to come out and have fun.”

The 63-year-old coach and first baseman added that many of the team members had attended national championships in the past, but now the game is all about having fun.

To see a slideshow of this game, click here.

The Goodfish Chiefs won their final under-21 game against the Keese Koose Blue Jays by a blowout of 12-0 at the 11 p.m. game at Prime Ministers Park.

The Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) Chiefs lost their game against the Keese Koose Blue Jays 3-2 knocking them out of the tournament on Friday evening.

The score was close throughout the game, the Blue Jays tying the score 2-2 at the bottom of the sixth inning. PAGC was unable to score at the top of the seventh and was looking to hold the Jays to move into extra innings. A pop fly to centre field proved to be the team’s downfall as an error on the catch drove the winning run home.

To see a slideshow of this game, click here.

PAGC won their first game of the under-21 championship on Friday against Cross Lake Bullets by a blowout of 15-0.

PAGC’s only other loss in the tournament was against the Goodfish Chiefs, the eventual Under-21 champs, on Saturday morning.

There were a total of 69 teams playing at the CNFC -- nine teams in the Under-21 division, 23 teams in the senior men’s division, 17 teams in the senior women’s division, five teams in the women’s masters division and 15 teams in the men’s masters division.

The 2015 Canadian Native Fastball Championship will be held in Winnipeg, Man.

kristen.mcewen@paherald.sk.ca

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    August 05, 2014 - 16:01

    U21 championship game did not start at 11 they decided they would make them wait until all the trophies and awards were given out to play them they didn't start toll 1245 and finished at 230! Unorganized there was no need for them to be playing that late when there was a perfectly good diamond right next to diamond one. Shame. Playing tired boys 1245 till 2 in the early morning.