Southwest Dashboard – Thursday, August 18 –

Westerns U13 start today

The Swift Current U13 57’s will host eight of baseball’s top teams from four provinces for the Western Canada U13 Baseball Championships this weekend with action at Ford Field and the Kiwanis Diamond along 19th Ave NE.

The 57’s will kick off at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon against the Carillon Sultans of Steinbach at Ford Field. Swift Current will then face the Spruce Grove Parkland Twins tomorrow and the Victoria Seawolves on Saturday.

The teams will be presented at the opening ceremonies at Ford Field tonight at 7:00 p.m. and the players will take part in a skills competition Friday at 7:00 p.m. from Mitchell Field. The quarter-finals begin on Saturday afternoon with the semi-finals and medal matches on Sunday.

CMX Powersports Team Races in Assiniboia

The CMX Powersports Motocross team was on the track in Assiniboia for an SMA meeting last weekend.

Cole Conn finished 2nd overall in the Pro MX3 and GP Pro-Am classes, and moved up to the top spot in the season standings. Luke Hodgins 8th in MX2 and 9th in MX3 and Jesse Gardner finished 9th in MX2 and 7th in MX3.

Additionally, Shawn Maffenbeier competed at the Canadian Motocross Championships finishing third overall for the season in the 450 class.

The team is racing in Lloydminster this weekend.

Team Saskatchewan lacrosse still undefeated at Canada Games

Carter Michaluk had a goal and four assists in two games and Cameron Greenley added an assist as Team Saskatchewan beat Prince Edward Island 10-2 and New Brunswick 8-4 in men’s lacrosse Wednesday at the Canada Games. Saskatchewan (3-0) is playing its final round robin game this morning against Quebec.

In volleyball, Griffin Duncalfe and Shaye Wall helped Saskatchewan to a straight-set victory over British Columbia on Wednesday and will face New Brunswick this afternoon.

WCBL final goes the distance

There will be a deciding third game in the WCBL Finals after the Moose Jaw Miller Express beat the Okotoks Dawgs 3-1 on Wednesday night at Ross Wells Park.

Nate Mensik hit a solo home run and Austin Gurney and Luke LaChance each made a run for the Millers. Kellan Voggesser took the victory on the mound in relief while Reece Helland collected the save.

The win-win match for the championship takes place tonight in Okotoks.

Canada advances to World Juniors semifinal, USA upset by Czechia

Canada clinched its ticket to the semifinals of the World Junior Hockey Championships with a 5-3 victory over Switzerland on Wednesday in Edmonton. Logan Stankoven had two goals and an assist for Canada while Tyson Foerster and Ronan Seely had two points each.

The Canadians will face Czechia, who beat defending champions USA 4-2 in another quarter-final on Wednesday. Sweden and Finland will play the other semifinal on Friday and the medal matches on Saturday.

Near-perfect stripling as Blue Jays beat Orioles

Ross Stripling was perfect in six innings and the Toronto Blue Jays exploded in six runs in the seventh inning to beat Baltimore 6-2 and save the final of their three-game series.

Stripling allowed one hit in 6.1 innings and struck out the first 18 batters he faced in his first start since returning from a hip injury.

Toronto begins a four-game series with the Yankees leading the AL East who, like the Blue Jays, have won just three of their last ten games. Jose Berrios will start for the Jays against Frankie Montas.

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