Brandon Cloverleafs first baseman Matt Gunning earned a pair of league awards this season.
The Virden native was named both the Manitoba Senior Baseball League’s most valuable player and all-star first baseman. Gunning led the league with 31 hits, 10 doubles and 27 RBIs this season while helping the Cloverleafs win the regular-season pennant with a 16-4-0 record. He also had a solid .403 batting average, scored 18 runs and struck out only three times in 77 at-bats. Gunning was walked 15 times, tying him for the league lead with teammate Mason Schiff, who was named the all-star shortstop.
Meanwhile, Cloverleaf outfielder Pearce McDonald was named rookie of the year. He finished the regular season with a .423 batting average, 14 runs scored and 10 batted in.
Cloverleaf Casey Clark and Brandon Marlin Ryan Duncan shared the MSBL home-run title with two apiece, while Jesse Goertzen of the Marlins was the winningest pitcher with six. Jeff Wiebe, who coached the Marlins to second place with a 15-4-1 record, was named manager of the year, while Neepawa Farmer Cam Tibbett’s .408 batting average was tops in the league.
Heather Andrews received the Dick Campbell Award for most dedicated volunteer.
The Brandon Cloverleafs dominated the all-star team with Gunning, Schiff, Travis Jean, Kevin McNeill, Jason Rae and Anthony Friesen all making the squad, which was rounded out by Andrew Lochhead and Mitch Olson of the Reston Rockets, Nolan Jago of the Marlins and Neepawa’s Torey Scott.
Meanwhile, the league announced the championship series schedule, with the Cloverleafs hosting the Marlins in the opener on Tuesday. All games will be played at Andrews and start at 7 p.m., with Game 2 going Aug. 8, Game 3 on Aug. 10 and Game 4 on Aug. 12. If necessary, Game 5 will go Aug. 14 followed by Game 6 on Aug. 16 and Game 7 on Aug. 17.
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