NSRBL playoffs are underway

As of Monday night, three of the four North Saskatchewan River Baseball League playoff series have started, all the provincial playoff series are completed and the representatives are set for the next step.

In senior A provincial action, the North Battleford Beavers knew they'd be in tough against the Mervin Flyers in their best-of-three provincial playoff series, but the Beavers' pitching stepped up huge and catapulted them into the provincial championship tournament.

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The Beavers won two games straight. The first was a 9-6 win Friday night. Rylan Rogers started for the Beavers and they beat Scott Thompson and the Flyers.

Sunday, the Beavers gave Kyle Gregoire the ball to start and he didn't disappoint. The young lefty held the Flyers off the board as the Beavers won 6-0 to finish the series.

Now the Beavers prepare for senior A provincials in Saskatoon Aug. 7-8.

"We are starting to hit the ball a lot," says Beavers manager Ryan Shepherd. "We haven't made a lot of errors in the field and our pitching has really been coming on strong later in the season."

The Beavers look to continue their winning ways and even their first-round playoff series as they play Meadow Lake Wednesday in North Battleford. If the series goes the distance game three goes in Meadow lake Thursday.

Meadow Lake also clinched a berth in senior provincials as they beat Wilkie two-games to one in A2.

After winning the first game in Meadow Lake the White Sox were in Wilkie for double header Sunday. Aaron Sittler and the Brewers won game won 9-5, but in game two, Quincey Winkler led the White Sox to a win and the series victory.

Wilkie will look to prove something now with just league playoffs remaining. The Brewers were scheduled to play the seventh place Unity Cardinals Tuesday, Wednesday and, if necessary, Thursday.

In the third versus sixth series, the Border City Blue Jays took a 1-0 series lead with a 2-1 win over the Lloydminster Junior Redhawks. The two Lloydminster teams were back in action Tuesday and a possible game three is set for Wednesday.

The other game one winner in the first round of NSRBL had the Lloydminster Meridian Twins winning over the eighth place Mervin Flyers. The Twins won game one 10-2 and were scheduled to play game two Tuesday night in Mervin.

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