After further discussion, the 2020 SESBL season will not take place. As time has passed, several teams have had too many players not able to fully commit to the season. The only teams able to commit were the Parkland Pirates and Canora Supers.
Although the 2020 season is now closed, the league hopes to be back in 2021 and stronger than ever.
In the meantime, there has been some informal discussion about having a weekly pickup game, or exhibition games. Once specific details have been discussed we will pass along the information on the website.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the status of the Southeast Senior Baseball League season is up in the air. Once the dates for stage 4 of the reopening of Saskatchewan/Manitoba occurs, we will have a better timetabe of our approximate return. For the time being the league is suspended until further notice.
For the 2020 season, the Back Forty Brewers, Grandview Lakers, Parkland Padres and Yorkton Orioles will be taking a leave of absence. This leaves the Canora Supers, Langenburg Legends, Parkland Pirates, Roblin Stars, and Willowbrook Royals as the five remaining teams vying for the league title.
The Annual General Meeting occured via conference call on May 4, with new league President Tyrel Thopre presiding and representing the Langenburg Legends. Greg Clark and Mark Griffitts were there on behalf of the Roblin Stars. Greg Andreychuk (Canora Supers), Mark Jacobs (Parkland Pirates), Jeff Bahrey (Yorkton Orioles), Chris Morrison (Parkland Padres), and Branden Storey (Grandview Lakers) were all part of the call too. The Willowbrook Royals and the Back Forty Brewers had no representation.
It was agreed upon unanimously that league fees would not be charged this year due to the league's good financial position, and the uncertainty of the season's length.
Changes to some league rules were also discussed, with some to be incorporated in the near future. The current league constitution is not up to date, and had a few topics with grey areas. These issues will be pondered, and possibly changed in the coming days/weeks with further discussion. Topics such as raising the league bond from $100 to $200, incorporating higher penalties for forfeiting games, and specific penalties for issues requiring disciplinary action were discussed but all tabled until these issues could be processed in detail. Ultimately we would like no grey areas in the constitution, so all issues could be covered.
There will be no baseball played for the time being, but once we return to the diamonds we hope to have the league running much more smoothly.
Stay safe and see you all on the diamonds when we are given the green light!
Congratulations to the Parkland Pirates as they captured the Senior AA Tier 2 Provincial Championship this weekend in Lloydminster with a 4-2 victory over the North Battleford Beavers in the final. It is their organizations' first Provincial title since the 2015 season, and the first Provincial title for the SESBL since Langenburg captured the Senior AA Tier 4 title in 2016. Below is the championship photo
Back Row: Mark Jacobs (Manager), Brad Haberman (Assistant Coach), Jeremy Johnson, Phil Sobkow, Kody Rock, Ross Stillborn, Tyrel Thorpe, Dane Kobylko, Jordan Evans, Dalane Lamb, Barry Calanchie (Assistant Coach)
Front Row: Benny Walchuk, Jarrett Waldbauer, Derek Kohut, Logan Calanchie, Matt Poier, Nick Carlson, Kholton Shewchuk
The Canora Supers captured the SESBL title for the first time since 2008 with a best of 5 series sweep over the Langenburg Legends. Congrats to the Legends on another great year. With a solid nucleus, leadership and young players coming up in Langenburg the future is bright. Thanks to all the umpires, news media, players, volunteers and fans on another successful baseball season. Below is the Supers championship team photo
Back Row : Greg Andreychuk (Player/Manager), Darcy Blommaert, Jorden Cherewyk, Jett Stechyshyn, Brendon Landstad, Jordan Evans, Phil Sobkow, Kody Rock, Travis Mentanko, Kholton Shewchuk, Tanner Melnychuk, Colby Parachoniak
Front Row: Grady Wolkowski, Brendan Babichuk, Derek Palagian, Ian Quewezance, Logan Parachoniak, Sean Kolodziejski, Evan Rostotski, Clay Sleeva, Adam Korb, Brogan Legebokoff, Dylan Toffan (coach)