The bantam Westman Magic have secured a spot at the Western Canadian Softball Championship after a solid performance at the provincial U-16 championship in Winnipeg.
After dropping their round-robin opener 6-0 to the Smitty’s Terminators, the Magic beat the Winnipeg Lightning 13-11, the Winnipeg Angels 4-3 in extra innings and the Winnipeg Thunder 2-1 to reach the provincial final. The final, however, was not played due to rain on Sunday, but both teams will go to Strathmore, Alta., in August for Western Canadians.
Meanwhile, the under-14 Magic are one win away from booking their ticket to the Western Canadian championship after the first weekend of provincials in Winnipeg. They topped their group with a 4-0 record but lost their 1 vs. 1 Page playoff to the Smitty’s Terminators and dropped to the semifinal.
Sunday’s semifinal against Central Energy was postponed due to rain on Sunday and will be made up tonight at 7 p.m. in Brandon. The winner will advance to Western Canadians in Maple Ridge, B.C.
<t-5>The under-18 Magic weren’t as successful at their provincial championship. They posted a
1-4 record in the preliminary round before rain forced their final round-robin game against the Winnipeg Lightning to be postponed. Westman opened the event by beating Eastman 11-4 before falling 8-7 to the Manitoba Thunder, 1-0 to the Winnipeg Angels, 12-1 to the Smitty’s Terminators and 7-6 to the Southern Bandits. The Magic may make up the game this weekend, but it is dependent on the result of another postponed game between the Lightning and Thunder.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 16, 2012