Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Gophers battle through quick season

  • Print
Garden City Fighting Gophers catcher Tyler Wood at the plate.

SUPPLIED PHOTO Enlarge Image

Garden City Fighting Gophers catcher Tyler Wood at the plate. Photo Store

Call them the boys of spring.

The Garden City Fighting Gophers boys baseball team is hoping for a sweet, albeit short, season.

Part of the Kilcona Peguis Athletic Conference (KPAC), the Gophers season runs like a quick tournament, with the team playing games against Lord Selkirk, Springfield and Maples. The top team advances to play the winner of the West Winnipeg Athletic Conference (WWAC) on Wed., May 21 at Shaw Park. The winner of that game advances to provincials, which take place May 29 to 31 in Brandon.

The Gophers won its first two games easily, defeating Lord Selkirk 18-3 and Springfield 15-0 on Fri., May 9. Results from the Gophers game on Fri., May 16 against Maples were not available before press time.

Gophers coach Donnie Smith, a former Winnipeg Goldeyes pitcher and a Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame member, said the team has a good mix of players, including some with Triple-A baseball experience.

"Every guy so far has been making good contact and putting a lot of balls in play, and our pitching has been really good," Smith said.

"I have two boys who got the wins on Friday (May 9). Jarrod Vincent and Adam Wowryk both threw really well for us. Jarrod threw a complete game. Also, having a good catcher is a huge bonus and that would be Tyler Wood."

Vincent, a Grade 12 player and former member of the North Winnipeg Pirates AAA team, said Wood, a Grade 10 player and current Pirate, is the backbone of the Gophers.

"He’s a big part of team," said Vincent, 18, a West St. Paul resident.
"He catches the ball and keeps the ball in front of him. There are no passed balls. He calls all the pitches. Basically he runs the infield with the pitcher."

Wowryk, a Grade 12 player and former Pirate, said Wood is just as valuable at the plate.

"In the last two games, I don’t think he’s got out. I think he’s eight for eight at bat," said Wowryk, 18, a Tyndall Park resident.

But it’s not just a star catcher leading the way. Vincent said every aspect of the team was strong in its first two games.

"Our pitching was good. We all threw strikes and there was no walking," said Vincent, who plays shortstop when he’s not on the mound.

"We had some good fielding. Our outfield was on point and our infield was pretty good too, although there were little errors. All-around we played some strong games."

The Gophers advanced to provincials last year, but weren’t able to do any damage. Vincent said he doesn’t see any reason why the Gophers can’t make some noise this season.

"If everyone is putting in 100 per cent, we’ll do just fine, but we need all nine guys on the field going as hard as they can," Vincent said.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Fall Arts Guide

We preview what’s new and what’s coming up in Winnipeg’s new arts season

View our Fall Arts Guide

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

Do you agree with the Winnipeg School Division’s decision to ban e-cigarettes?

View Results