​A Tough Loss in Weyburn Friday, Back on Track Sunday


June 17, 2018


The Cardinals traveled to Weyburn on Friday June 15 to take on the undefeated Beavers. It was a nail biter the entire evening as the Cards were up 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of 9, where unfortunately the Beavers were able to continue their magical start to the season by pushing across two runs to win 4-3.


Dillon Champagne of Livonia Michigan started on the hill for the Cards, tossing 5 1/3 innings allowing just one earned run, seven hits and four strikeouts. Parker Hubbard (Bevill State CC) came in relief, pitching 2 2/3 innings allowing three hits, two earned runs and four strikeouts to eventually take the loss. 


Clyde Yeh (Barry University) continued to swing a hot bat with three of the seven Cardinals hits. Riley Jepson (U of the Fraser Valley), Logan Zozaya (Lane CC), Jimmy McDonald (Lane CC) and Jayse Wilson (Strathmore, AB) each had one hit apiece


On Fathers Day Sunday June 17 the Cardinals hosted their arch rivals from Melville in a 2:05 PM matinee at Jubilee Park. Several additions to the lineup made their Cardinals debut, including starting pitcher Harrison Grow (Lane CC), Jared McDonald (Western Oregon U), Griffey Halle (Western Oregon U. They all made a great first impression as the Cardinals held on to a 4-2 victory.


Grow started on the mound, and went seven innings allowing just an unearned run, five hits with four strikeouts to pick up the win. Brian Chen (University of Taipei) pitched a scoreless eighth, while Austin Skelhorn earned the save in the ninth allowing one run, two hits and two strikeouts.


Offensively Jared McDonald started as the DH and was 2 for 4 with a double and two rbi. Clyde Yeh had two singles and an rbi, while Halle had a double and a run scored. Thirus Jones, Ryne Niemi, Colin Kellington and Jimmy McDonald each had one hit. 


With the win the Cardinals improve to 3-9 on the season, and look forward to hosting the Swift Current 57's Monday night, June18  at 7:05 PM from Jubilee Park



Make it Two in a Row!


June 12, 2018


In the early part of the 2018 season the Cardinals offence was fairly silent as the team batting average remained below the Mendoza line. But the last few games the bats have woken up and the Cards have taken advantage of opportunities. On June 12 in Melville, the trend continued as the Cardinals put up six runs in the second and third innings to cruise to a 15-2 victory.


The Cards managed fifteen runs on ten hits but drew nine walks and took advantage of four timely Mils errors to put the game out of reach early. Clyde Yeh (3B, Barry University) kept up his torrid start with a single, double, home run and four rbi to lead the Cardinals attack. Dillon Champagne (1B, Salem International U) and Riley Jepson (RF, U of Fraser Valley) both had a single and a double. Ryne Niemi extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single, while Jayse Wilson and Gage Buck recorded a single each. 


The pitching was handled by two players from the University of Calgary: Owen Steele and Logan MacDougall. Steele was lights out tossing seven innings while allowing just one earned run, four hits and seven strikeouts to get the win. MacDougall pitched the final two innings and gave up just one run and two hits.


With the win the Cardinals record sits at 2-8, still last in the WMBL Eastern Division but in striking distance of the third place Regina Red Sox, who they will play next on Thursday June 14 in Regina at 7:05



Cards Get First "W" of the Season


June 11, 2018


It took nine tries and a lot of frustration, but the Cards finally put it all together at home this night as three pitchers combined to strike out fifteen batters, while twelve hits led to eleven runs in an 11-5 victory over the Melville Millionaires. 


Brian Chen (University of Taipei) started on the hill for the Cards, and cruised through three innings allowing just two hits, two walks and five strikeouts. The first two Millionaires hitters reached base but were both caught stealing to get Chen out of potential trouble. A half hour rain delay would end Chen's night prematurely giving way to Chris Cook (U of Calgary Dinos). Cook would pitch three innings allowing four hits and two earned runs with an impressive six strikeouts. He would eventually pick up the win. Parker Hubbard (Bevill State CC) pitched the final three innings to record the save. He allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits with four strikeouts.


The offence was lethal as twelve hits and eleven walks led to eleven runs scored. Ryne Niemi (Adams State U) was a home run short of the cycle with three hits and four rbi's to lead the way. Jayse Wilson (Strathmore, AB) had two singles, two runs and an rbi. Dillon Champagne (Livonia, MI) hit a massive home run over center field and a single as well. Matt Zanutto had a 2 rbi double and Colin Kellington had an rbi triple. Thirus Jones and Gage Buck each continued to swing hot bats with a single and a walk apiece.


The Cards record now sits at 1-8 on the season. Several more players from Oregon are set to arrive in the coming days to help bolster the Cards lineup. The next game is Tuesday, June 12 in Melville against the Mils. Game time is 7:05 PM at Pirie Field. 



Another Heart-Breaker 


June 10, 2018


The Cardinals traveled to Weyburn on Sunday June 10 for a 2:05 PM game vs the Beavers. The pendulum swung a few times before a four run bottom of the seventh was the kiss of death for the Cardinals in an 8-7 loss.


Tyson Black made his first start of the season on the mound and was perfect through three innings. He would give up two in the fourth, one in the fifth and sixth to finish with four runs allowed (three earned) over six innings. He would allow only five hits and a strikeout while pounding the strike zone. 


Andrew Cisneros (Mendocino College) entered the game in the bottom of seven. After the first two batters got out, the Beavers mounted a furious rally in which two walks, a hit batter, two singles, a double and an error led to four runs and an 8-7 Beavers lead. The Cardinals were not able to push across the tying run, extending their losing streak to eight. New Cardinal pitcher Brian Chen (Taipei City, Taiwan) threw a scoreless eighth inning of relief in his debut.


The offence was sparked by Thirus Jones (2 for 5, 1 run), Ryne Niemi (2 for 3, 2 rbi, 1 run), Gage Buck (1 for 1, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 2 rbi) and newcomer Clyde Yeh (3 for 5, 1 rbi, 1 run). Colin Kellington also had one hit, run, and an rbi.


The Cardinals will be back at it tomorrow evening as they host the Melville Millionaires at 7:05 PM. Riley Jepson (University of the Fraser Valley) and Parker Hubbard (LHP, Bevill State CC) are expected to be on the roster for this game. Come on down to Jubilee Park for a great ballgame!



​​Unlucky Seven


June 10, 2018


The Cardinals losing streak has been extended to seven games to start the 2018 season as they dropped games to Swift Current and Regina on Friday and Saturday night respectively.


On Friday June 8 the Swift Current 57's were in town to complete a two game series. In the first inning Swift Current took advantage of two walks and a deep three run home run by Bo McClintock to take an early 3-0 lead. Starting pitcher Ryan Thrasher settled down to only allow one run in the next three innings but struggled to find the strike zone throughout. He would be saddled with the loss. Austin Skelhorn would come in relief and allow two runs over four innings while Logan MacDougall would throw a scoreless top of nine. The Cards only allowed five hits but ten walks and the inability to generate much offence cost them.


Thirus Jones continued his good start to the season with a pair of hits, as did Ryne Niemi with an rbi double. Gage Buck also had a single as the Cards could only muster up four hits off of the 57's Zach Bravo


On Saturday June 10 the Cards once again struggled at the dish as they only had five hits off a trio of Red Sox pitchers and could only manage one run in a 10-1 defeat.


Thirus Jones, Ryne Niemi, Colin Kellington, Gage Buck and Logan MacDougall all recorded one hit. MacDougall had the lone rbi on a sacrifice fly.  


Starting pitcher Dillon Champagne tossed five innings allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits, three walks and eight strikeouts to eventually take the loss. Chris Cook came in relief and only allowed one earned run and two hits over three innings. With the game out of hand and a depleted pitching staff outfielder Ryne Niemi came in to pitch the top of the ninth. 


With the two losses the Cardinals start the season 0-7. However there will be an influx of players arriving over the course of the next week as they are just finishing up their schooling or Collegiate seasons. The Cardinals had fourteen players available for these first seven games so they look forward to seeing what the new talent brings to the table.


The Cards will be in action this afternoon at 2:05 PM in Weyburn vs the Beavers. Local product Tyson Black is expected to get his first start of the season on the mound. 



Cards Let One Slip Away vs 57's


June 7, 2018


The two time defending WMBL champion Swift Current 57's were the Cardinals opponent on this evening. It was a competitive game all the way through but unfortunately a great pitching performance by Owen Steele (Calgary, AB) and Andrew Cisneros (Sacramento, CA) was squandered by seven errors and eleven runners left on base in a 5-4 setback.


Steele threw five solid innings allowing four unearned runs on four hits and six strikeouts while allowing just one walk. Cisneros tossed four excellent innings of relief allowing five hits and an unearned run with four strikeouts and just one walk. 


Ryne Niemi (Adams State University) continued his great start to the season with two singles, an rbi and a stolen base. Thirus Jones (Orlando, FL) and Gage Buck (PBA Lethbridge) each had a single, double and an rbi. Buck also scored two runs. Colin Kellington, Chris Cook and Jayse Wilson each had a single. 


The losing streak is now at five to start the season, but the Cards look to get in the win column tomorow night as they once again host the 57's at 7:05 pm at Jubilee Park. The Cardinals would like to thank Gifts of Gold for being the game day sponsor!


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Cards Fall to 0-4 With Loss at 3rd Annual Kids Game


June 6, 2018


On the morning of Wednesday, June 6 the Cardinals hosted the Melville Mils in front of 600 loud, screaming young students. The Cardinals made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth as they loaded the bases and had the tying run up to bat with none out, but could not get any further as they fell 10-6.


Jake Gill (University of the Fraser Valley) and Chris Cook (University of Calgary) shared the pitching duties. Gill threw 3 2/3 innings allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits, four walks with seven strikeouts to take the loss. Chris Cook came in relief tossing 5 1/3 innings allowing eight hits and five earned runs with no walks. 


The Cards offence was able to generate six runs on eight hits, highlighted by a three run homer by Thirus Jones (Salem International University) and a solo shot by Dillon Champagne (Salem International University). Jayse Wilson (Strathmore, AB) had two singles, two runs, a walk and a stolen base. Also getting hits were Colin Kellington (Chilliwack, BC), Ryne Niemi (Adams State University), Matt Zanutto (University of Calgary) and Cook. 


The Cards were given extra opportunities by drawing seven walks and three hit batters, but just could not cash in enough times. With the loss the Cardinals fall to 0-4 on the season. The next home game is Thursday, June 7 as the defending WMBL Champion Swift Current 57's come to town for a 7:05 PM first pitch 


A big thank you to the Co-op for providing all the food, beverages and volunteers for the game. Also a big thank you to all of the students from Yorkdale, Dr. Brass, St. Paul's, St. Michael's, Canora, Churchbridge, Saltcoats and Sturgis on making this another great event! The Yorkton Cardinals players and staff look forward to this game each and every year!



Cards Downed by Weyburn in Home Opener 


June 4, 2018


The Cardinals were finally able to beat Mother Nature, although she put up a pretty good fight with some threatening clouds at the beginning of the game and a half hour rain delay in the middle. The game eventually went the full nine innings, but the Cards were not able to beat the Weyburn Beavers in a 7-3 defeat.


Dillon Champagne (Livonia, MI) was the starting pitcher and threw five innings allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, three walks and five strikeouts. He left with the game tied at two. Andrew Cisneros came in relief giving up two runs on four hits and two strikeouts to eventually take the loss. Austin Skelhorn tossed the final two innings allowing three runs on three hits with three strikeouts.


Offensively the Cards could only manage four hits off of a tough Beavers pitching staff. Matt Zanuto (U of Calgary) led the way with a double, while Chris Cook (U of Calgary), Gage Buck (Prairie Baseball Academy) and Jake Gill (U of the Fraser Valley) each had a single.  


It was a see-saw affair until the top of the eighth when a three run home run by Weyburn's Cam Williams gave the Beavers some breathing room while never looking back. With the loss the Cards fall to 0-3 on the season. The next game will be on Wednesday at 11:05 AM, June 6 

as the Melville Millionaires come to Jubilee Park to take part in the third annual kids day game. It is always a great atmosphere as the kids are loud and enthusiastic. We hope to see another huge, noisy crowd!



​Cards Fall 9-3 to Millers in Season Opener


May 31, 2018


The Cardinals traveled to Moose Jaw to face the Miller Express on Thursday, May 31. After a 2 rbi single by Ryne Niemi in the top of the first inning to give the Cards a 2-0 lead, the Millers responded with 8 in the bottom half to take a commanding 8-2 lead on the way to a 9-3 victory.


It was a night to forget for starting pitcher Austin Skelhorn of Aurora Ontario. He surrendered 8 runs on 3 hits, 4 walks and a hit batter without recording an out. Jake Gill of White Rock, BC would come in relief and toss 4 innings while giving up just one run. Andrew Cisneros (Sacramento, CA) and Chris Cook (North Delta, BC) would each throw 2 scoreless innings to finish off the game. 


Offensively Ryne Niemi (Belton, TX) led the way with 2 singles, a double and 3 rbi. Dillon Champagne (Livonia, MI), Cook, and Gage Buck (Abbotsford, BC) each had a single to round out the Cards offence


With the loss the Cardinals record sits at 0-1. Their next action will be the home opener on Saturday, June 2nd at 7 PM when the Regina Red Sox invade Jubilee Park. The road game scheduled for Friday June 1st in Melville at 11:05 AM has been postponed to another date. 




Become a Billet


May 4, 2018


The Cardinals are presently in need of host families for seven players. Players arrive in late May and depart by mid August. Each host family will be compensated $400 per player per month. For more information please contact the Cardinals Billet Coordinator Jackie Sedley at (306) 621-4589



2018 Season Tickets


May 3, 2018


2018 Season tickets are now available at Awesome Rides (formerly Thoen's Sales and Leasing) on 75 Broadway Street East. The cost is $150 including 24 home games. You can also purchase season tickets by contacting Ken Chyz at (306) 621-5687



Kody Rock Finds Success With Baby Brewers


Former Yorkton Cardinal pitcher Kody Rock made a successful first step with the Milwaukee Brewers Arizona League affiliate. After starting the season in the WMBL, Rock signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers in July and made the most of his opportunity. 
 
The Canora, Saskatchewan native, who has been playing baseball since he was four, turned his passion into a very productive college career with Mayville State in North Dakota. 
 
Rock also enhanced his pitching skills by competing in summer baseball with Yorkton and the Mankato Moondogs of the Northwoods League. 
 
As a senior with Mayville State in 2017, Rock was 9-4 with a 2.88 earned run average. He also pitched 100 innings,  striking out 104 batters while being named to the 2nd team All-Conference in the North Star Athletic Association.


During the 2016 WMBL season in Yorkton, Rock was 5-2 with an excellent 1.91 earned run average. He had 58 strikeouts in 61 innings while also being named the WMBL top pitcher and a 1st team All-Star as a starting pitcher. Those outstanding performances impressed the Milwaukee scouting staff and earned Rock a professional contract. 
 
With the 2017 baby Brewers, Rock saw action in 12 games pitching 19.2 innings. He earned two wins and four saves while compiling a 3.66 ERA. Rock also walked three and struck out 17 batters. 
 
Other summer league grads, Sean Wooten, John Axford, Andrew Albers, Marco Gonzalez, Dan Runzler and Andrelton Simmons found their way to the majors after playing in WMBL. 
 
Rock hopes to climb his way up the ladder within the Brewers organization in 2018 and beyond. All the best to Kody in his professional baseball career! 

 

Simmons Shines in 2017 MLB Season


Andrelton Simmons was a member of the 2009 Yorkton Cardinals. His bat was very good, but his defensive ability at shortstop was at a level never seen before or since he graced Jubilee Park and all other WMBL stadiums. He was and still is truly one of a kind.


Simmons made his MLB debut in 2012 with Atlanta, and has not looked back. He went on to win two gold gloves with the Braves in 2013 and 2014, while also winning the platinum glove in 2013 as the National League's top defensive player.


In 2017 Simmons won his third career gold glove as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. He also achieved career highs in several offensive categories including hits (164), runs (77), doubles (38), stolen bases (19), on base percentage (.331) and slugging percentage (.421). He also hit a very respectable .278. 


Congratulations to Andrelton on another fine season in the show, with continued success in 2018 and beyond!