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2016 Provincial Champions

From Calgary Giants:

The Calgary Giants were proud to be one of the two FMBA franchises represented in what was a great weekend of baseball in Innisfail for the 2016 AA Provincial Championships.  The Giants brought 16 guys north for the tournament which featured the Cold Lake Cardinals, Innisfail Indians, Calgary Cardinals and the Giants.  Through the round robin, it was the Giants and Calgary Cardinals earning berths in the finals, creating an All-FMBA provincial championship game and showing the strength and depth of talent present within the FMBA.  The Giants came out on top with a 5-0 win on Mondays final through a great effort on the hill from Steven Latos, three home runs and some solid defence.  The Giants bats created offence all tournament long, but the story for the G-men was the efforts of starting pitchers Desmond Sullivan, Drew Calanchie, Matt Bannister and Steven Latos, who all threw complete games and allowed only five earned runs through the 4 games.  We’d also like to thank the Innisfail Indians for hosting, and look forward to the Western Canadian Championships in Cold Lake in a few weeks.

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Perfect Game for Curtis Smith

From the Wolfpack:

No matter what league or level you play baseball at there are certain things in the game that are magical.  The perfect game might be the most magical of them all.  It was a great pleasure to be a part of Curtis Smith’s perfect game last night! Smitty dominated from start to finish against the Cardinals, a top FMBA team in itself.  The Wolfpack was in a bit of disarray going into the game, but after seeing 11 strikeouts and an even amount of ground balls & fly balls we left feeling pretty good. It was a Perfect night in FMBA history, Hats off to #27 Curtis Smith!

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BackPacks Sweep Kelowna Tourney

From the Diamondbacks:

The BackPacks pulled together an impressive squad for the Canada Day long weekend in Kelowna. Players were sent by the Cardinals, Dukes, Wolfpack and Diamondbacks creating an outfield known as “Shark Week”, an infield which turned double plays into butter and a pitching staff that used 4 pitchers over 5 games – 3 of which went to extra innings and as a whole went undefeated 5-0.