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Cloverleafs claim MSBL championship

The Manitoba Senior Baseball League's most decorated team has done it again.

The Brandon Cloverleafs blasted the Brandon Marlins 10-3 on Saturday night at Andrews Field to reclaim the Cliff Seafoot Memorial Trophy as MSBL champions. By winning the best-of-seven final series 4-2, the Cloverleafs got their name on the trophy for the sixth time in the last nine years and a record 16th time in the MSBL's 54-year history.

"It's consistency, right," Cloverleafs manager Ryan Potter said of the team's recent success. "It's one of those things where in a couple of those years, we probably should have won again. Just a good group of guys, real solid. They show up every night and they play hard and I think that's the biggest thing we do is we come and we play every night. We don't quit."

Matt Gunning led the Cloverleafs on Saturday, hitting a solo home run in the first inning and a two-run bomb in the fifth. Matt Mutcheson earned the win on the mound, while Paul Thompson of the Marlins took the loss.

Pitcher Anthony Friesen was named the Cloverleafs' playoff most valuable player, while Pat Vandoorne earned the same honour for the Marlins.

The victory also gives the Cloverleafs the right to represent Manitoba at next year's Canadian Senior AAA baseball championship.

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