The Swift Current Midget Indians will conclude their season at home this weekend as the hosts of the Western Canadian AA Midget Baseball Championships.
The Midget Indians will host the provincial champions from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba at Mitchell Field beginning Friday morning and concluding Sunday.
The Indians competed in the Saskatchewan Premier AAA Midget Baseball League this season and finished with a 13-16 record.
“Expectations are not going to change. Our mentality is going to be just to play like we have played all year and just a keep a level head about things and just go about our business. Our expectations are just right where they have been all year,” explained head coach Brennan Peterson.
The Midget Indians played their final regular season game on July 21 but they were staying sharp with games this past Sunday in Weyburn against Estevan and the Regina Wolfpack. They also played against the Bantam Zone team as well.
“We have had a few opportunities to stay in game shape, so I think we will be ready to roll come Westerns weekend,” said Peterson.
Other years the team’s roster has been altered by absences due to players leaving for hockey tryout camps but Peterson said they will have their entire roster available this weekend.
They have also added two pitchers to help them navigate the batting orders of four provincial championship teams this weekend.
“We added a pitcher that played for the North East team in AA Provincials, they lost in the final to Lloydminster. Then we picked up a guy from the Regina White Sox.”
The team was not allowed to defend its AA title at Provincial after being left out of the tournament with a large number of entries and the fact that they were already into Westerns as hosts.
“Yeah it was tough, especially because we are going back to defend the title. When that opportunity is taken away from you it kind of hurts. I guess you just go with what is handed out and make the best of it,” said Peterson.
A number of players have played in Westerns before, including some that helped the team place second in Morden, Manitoba last year.
“Yeah I think some of them have been there. The thing about Westerns is that you don’t really know what your competition is like, so you are walking in a little bit blind. You just show up and play your game and hope everything works out for the best,” said Peterson.
The Midget Indians will open their tournament on Friday at 12 p.m. against Alberta’s Bonnyville Braves.
They will continue the round robin Saturday at 9 a.m. against Prince George. They will take on the Lloydminster Twins that evening at 6 p.m.
The Tribe will wrap up the round robin on Sunday at 12 p.m. against the Brandon Knights.
The top two teams will face one another in the championship final at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Mitchell Field.