Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Re: Oildome U-18 AAA Midget Baseball

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It has been a very exciting few days for the Oildome U-18 AAA team and their families. Our team attended the Provincial Tournament in Winnipeg recently, as one of 12 teams competing for first or second  place and the opportunity to go on to Westerns in Alberta or Nationals in Quebec.

This team consists of boys from many communities of south westman including Wawanesa, Souris, Pipetone, Hartney, Melita, Deloraine, and Boissevain.  With the AAA league following completion of the regular season and AA ball season, the team only played two exhibition games and a hand full of practices together before heading to Winnipeg to compete against many teams who have played together all season long.

We went in as the underdog and not much was expected from these small town boys.  What could be more satisfying for the players, coaches and families than proving them all wrong! That’s exactly what we did! We advanced with a win in each game we played all the way to the finals on Sunday evening.  That game couldn’t have been more nerve wracking or exciting! We needed to go into an extra inning to secure the win. And we did!!!

So now on to stage two! We are going to Sherbrooke, Quebec, to play in the Nationals! What an exciting and awesome opportunity! With the date of this adventure being August 17-23 it is fast approaching.  This doesn’t leave much time to organize everything from flights and hotels to transportation and food, and somehow come up with the funds to do so.

The families of these boys are beyond proud of the hard work and dedication they have put in to this team and ultimately what they have accomplished. The communities all these boys call home should also be proud to have them represent Manitoba at this National level. Therefore we ask if your company/business would be interested in a donation to help with the expense of this adventure. Any and all donations will be put towards flights, etc. and would be greatly appreciated by these Oildome families. It is a great honour to represent our Province as for many years it has been a team from the city who has had the privilege to go.

Thank you in advance for your support of these talented young ball players. Representing Oildome are Jordan Foote (Boissevain), Dawson Cullen (Wawanesa), Mitch Dillabough (Deloraine), John Patmore (Pipestone), Eric Sorenson (Deloraine), Jeremy Cory (Wawanesa), Cole Kirkup (Souris), Brett Hammond (Boissevain), Mavrick Morrow (Boissevain),  Dawson Hole (Boissevain), Jared McCorrister (Boissevain), Brayden Teetaert (Hartney), Jack Kirkup (Melita). Coaches are Shaun Cory (Wawanesa) and Jeff Smart (Waskada),  If you wish to help out the team or would like more information, please contact Brian Sorensen at 204-215-0157. There may be some local fundraiser as well - stay tuned for more information in the near future.

Sincerely,

Oildome U-18 AAA Baseball Team

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