A youthful mosquito Twins baseball team will gain some provincial experience this weekend, as Lloydminster hosts the 2014 Mosquito A Provincials.
Welcoming five other clubs from Saskatchewan, Lloydminster will kick off the three day tournament on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. against Swift Current, a team they haven’t played before, and have little knowledge on.
But even with a provincial crown on the line, the extra development the young ball players will receive from playing a few extra games in the season will be valuable moving forward, especially for a Lloydminster team made up of mostly rookies at the mosquito level.
“It’s going to be lots of fun for them and gives them a chance to play some extra baseball at a little higher level,” said Aaron Canfield, Twins head coach. “Hopefully they will be up for the challenge and improve through the weekend.”
Lloydminster will also be joined by Martensville in Pool A, while on the B side of the draw, Kindersley, Tisdale and Melville will play off.
Each team in the pools play once, followed by a crossover playoff between the second- and third-place teams in each respective pool. The first place team in each pool gets a bye to Sunday’s semifinal, with the winners heading to the gold medal game on Sunday afternoon.
The Twins team has attended a couple tournaments over the season, finishing 1-1 in tournaments in Marwayne and Wainwright, plus some exhibition games in Kindersley this past weekend.
Canfield looks at this provincial tournament as a chance to show the rest of the province of Saskatchewan that Lloydminster is a solid baseball city, and that the Lloydminster Minor Ball Association is capable of hosting provincial tournaments and welcoming teams across the prairies to the Border City.
But even with a provincial title being contested for, it’s still about gaining experiences for future baseball development.
“It’s all about giving the players that extra bit of experience,” said Canfield. “That’s what it is about.”
Lloydminster and Swift Current open the tournament at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The Twins will take on Martensville on Saturday at 10 a.m. All games are at Legion Ball Park.