June 26, 2014
For Immediate Release
The Westman Softball Umpires’ Association is pleased to announce that they will be hosting not one, but two Softball Manitoba Provincial Championships next month.
For the second straight year, the Association will host the Under-14 A Girls’ Championship from July 18-20, while the Senior ‘B’ Women’s Championship will be played that same weekend.
For the U14 Championship, the host Westman Magic will be joined by seven other teams including the defending champion Winnipeg Lightning.
The Eastman Wildcats, Manitoba Thunder, Central Energy, Manitoba Angels, South Interlake Phillies and Smitty’s Terminators Y2K will also be in Brandon to compete at the championship.
“We’re really happy Softball Manitoba has chosen our Association to host a Provincial Championship again in 2014,” said Tournament chairperson Bruce Luebke, “I believe hosting these types of events is beneficial to our local Magic players, helps promote the game in our area and also aids in the continued development of our umpires.”
The Senior ‘B’ Championship will take place July 19-20 and feature three teams including the host Magic.
The squad will play a double round-robin with the Winnipeg Lightning and the Southern Bandits.
The complete schedule for the Championships is expected to be released in the next few days.
Both of this year’s Provincials will be taking place at Simplot Park, whose quad diamonds will be converted to softball to accommodate the event.
“We’d like to thank Brandon Minor Baseball for allowing us the opportunity to use their facility for the weekend,” said added Luebke, “Ideally, we’d like to host these types of events at a facility specifically designed for softball but that currently don’t exist in Brandon.”
To that end, the host committee has decided to designate Saturday, July 19th as Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex Day.
All proceeds from the Provincial Championships on Saturday will go to support the new softball complex currently under construction in Brandon.