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Cardinals in provincial final but …

Leading 5-4 after two, the Cardinals had a hard time stopping the North East Red Sox over the next couple of innings in the 2017 Senior AA Tier 3 Provincial Championship final, held at Unity August 13.

The Astros put up three runs in the third and four in the fourth, and although the Cards were able to hold them in the fifth and sixth innings, the Astros were ahead 11-6 going into the seventh and final inning. The Cardinals faced a 12-6 score going into the bottom of the seventh and although they were able to put three runs up on the board, it was too little, too late, making the Astros the 2017 provincial champs.

Although they did not win the home-hosted tournament, the Cardinals did an excellent job of hosting, providing the Unity and area crowd with lots of entertaining baseball over the weekend. A booth and beer tent, with excellent seating for the semifinal and final, were also part of the weekend’s festivities.

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Cardinals beat Brewers in provincial semifinal

After the top four teams each ended the round robin with a 2 and 1 win-loss record, the semifinals were determined: North East Red Sox versus the Lloydminster Twins and the Wilkie Brewers versus the Unity Cardinals.

It was the Red Sox and the Cardinals who advanced to ply in the provincial 2017 Senior AA Tier 3 Championship final at Unity SK August 13, 2017. The Cardinals beat the Brewers 12 – 3.

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Friday’s paper

When the August 26th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald hits the mailboxes and stores Friday morning, you can expect 20 pages of interesting and useful information. Some highlights to watch for:

  • a thoughtful piece on the benefits of Unity being an active community and hosting events, large and small;
  • tips from the RCMP on how to deal with callers pretending to demand money on behalf of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA);
  • an article about a little known supportive program for women cancer patients; and
  • a refresher on some of the rules around fishing in Saskatchewan.

There is also the latest RCMP report, a wrap on the NSRBL season and an editorial piece on the Colten Boushie shooting at Biggar. Lots to read about in this week’s issue!

Below, Rhett Feser of the Unity Cardinals runs for first base after a hit in the provincial final against Wilkie Aug. 14. Feser led the Cardinals in batting this year, finishing fourth overall in the league. He was also the third best pitcher in the NSRBL.

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The Unity Senior Cardinals at provincials

Just a few shots from the 2016 Saskatchewan Senior Men’s AA Tier 3 Championships final, held at Rosetown, August 14, where the Unity Cardinals played the Wilkie Brewers. The Cardinals’ team photo is in the August 19th Unity Wilkie Press-Herald.senior safesenior lining up hitsenior 1st run


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Friday’s paper

The Press-Herald staff is back from summer holidays and even Helena Long has returned from her medical leave as the office begins to gear up for a busy fall and Christmas season. We started with stuffing the August 19th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald full of local news and information! Check it out for:

  • a wrap-up article on the Western Canadian U21 Fastball Championships hosted in Unity August long weekend;
  • coverage of the Wilkie-Unity matchup at the senior men’s provincial final August 14;
  • photos and details on local ball players picked up by other teams for Western Canadian and national tournaments; and
  • savings and budget tips for post-secondary students.

Lots of ball in this paper as the season comes to an end but we didn’t forget the RCMP report nor the crop report. There are also three interesting letters to the editor, along with a profile of a contracting business in Unity.

Below, members of the Unity Senior Cardinals receive their silver medals, after losing to the Wilkie Brewers in the 2016 Saskatchewan Senior Men’s AA Tier 3 Championships final.

Unity Senior Cardinals

Next week’s paper

Come Monday and the July 13th issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald and we will be almost halfway through July already! Get out when you can and enjoy the summer!

The pages of next week’s paper will tell you:

  • who the first ball teams are to bring provincial titles back home to Unity;
  • what local farmers are saying about this year’s hay crop;
  • about the last Cardinals/Brewers game of the regular NSRBL season; and
  • what kind of insects were captured in the Malaise trap at St. Peter’s School earlier this spring.

And don’t forget to check out the ads (two of our Main Street businesses have specials on this month!).

Below Cardinals’ pitcher Cory Wildeman in a game against the Wilkie Brewers July 7.

Cory Wildeman


Cardinals win to play another day

After winning their quarter-final three-game series against the Midwest Expos, the Cardinals advanced to the North Saskatchewan River Baseball League semifinals.

Their first game against the Border City Blue Jays was in Lloydminster July 30, where they lost 5-0, putting them into a must-win position for the second game, played in Unity, Saskatchewan, August 5.

Safe at 2nd

Unity Cardinals vs Border City Blue Jays

Cory Wildeman started on the pitcher’s mound for the Cardinals, holding the Jays to only one run – in the third – for the first five innings.

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On the other side of the ledger, Blake Robertson scored on an RBI by Trace Sperle in the first and Graeme Gieni made it around the bases after being walked in the second.

The score remained 2-1 for the Cardinals until the sixth inning. After the Blue Jays were placing runners on base and there was only one out in the top of the sixth, the Cardinals made a pitching change and Rhett Feser came in to close out the game.

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 Despite two strikeouts, with defensive errors being made by the Cardinals, the Blue Jays managed to score three runs, putting the home team behind 4-2. A hit by Ryan Greenwald brought Rhett Feser home in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-3 but the Cardinals started the seventh inning in a deficit position.

Feser was able to strike out Scott Willis for the third out in the top of the seventh without the Jays scoring, despite having runners on second and third.

The score remained 4-3 as the Cards went up for their last bat. Scott Greenwald went out on a fly to first.

batter up!Cory Wildeman was up next, hitting an in-field ball and going out at first base.

With two out, rookies Blake Robertson and Trace Sperle were up next and both got on base. Blake scored to tie the game and Mark Ralston was up next.

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Mark Ralston hit and was safe at first base while a Blue Jays error let Trace run home to make it 5-4 and a win for the Cardinals.

The third and final game in the series goes tonight, August 6, in Lloydminster, with the winner moving on to the NSRBL final against the Lloydminster Twins.

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Brewers to meet Cardinals in Unity tomorrow, May 27

The Unity Cardinals will host the Wilkie Brewers for their first baseball game of the 2014 North Saskatchewan River Baseball League season. The game will also be the first of the season for the Brewers.

A couple of familiar faces will be missing from the Cardinal lineup. Ryan Greenwald is recovering from shoulder surgery but hopes to be back as a contributing member of the team before the end of June. Keith Heitt’s new job will make it difficult for him to get to most of the games so he has elected not to return this year.

While they didn’t play last year, Daniel Feser, Scott Greenwald, Mike Ganter and Thomas Duhaime have all worn the Cardinal uniform before. Player/coach Regan L’Heureux says they “are back working around Unity so they are going to be suiting up.” Rhett Feser also hopes to be a more frequent contributor this year.

Rhett and Blake Robertson are both playing on midget teams out of town but with most of their midget games on weekends, they will join the Cardinals in NSRBL play when they can.

L’Heureux said, “Every year we set two goals. In league our goal every year is to qualify for playoffs, then take it round by round and go as deep as we can. In provincials our goal is to qualify for the provincial tournament, then we’ll challenge ourselves to repeat our championship performance from last year.”

The Brewers are coached by long-time player/coach Bye Braun.

Both teams are looking forward to the May 27th game, each anxious to get the jump on their rivals right off the bat.

Here’s a photo from last year’s season opener between the two teams:

Unity Cardinals hosting Wilkie Brewers

The May 19th Press-Herald

As always, the next issue of the Unity Wilkie Press-Herald will keep you informed about what has been going on AND what will be going on in your local Saskatchewan communities! Check out the May 19th issues for:

  • local recognition of National Police Week;
  • an opportunity to help those with Crohns and colitis;
  • details on Delta Co-op’s latest expansion plans; and
  • a look forward to the Cardinals’ 2014 NSRBL season.

Then there’s the police report, a review of St. Peter’s School dessert theatre evening, the top 10, an editorial about using children’s pictures online and of course ads – ads for events, ads for specials, ads for important information such as changes to zoning bylaws.

And yes, we think perhaps spring has truly sprung, at last! Found these pussy willows last Friday, May 2, while out enjoying a sunny day.

Signs of spring