The Portage Collegiate Trojans will be in Brandon for the next few days as they look to capture the Provincial Championship.
PCI punched their ticket after a pair of comeback victories in the Zone 4 playoffs last week. In the final game, the Trojans came back from a 13-run deficit to secure their spot in the provincial tournament. Head coach Cam Asham says once they get to Brandon, they'll be operating on a clean slate.
"The guys are pretty confident in their abilities to come back, as we did that in both games of the Zone Championships. We came back with walk-off wins, and that gives us a little momentum going in," Asham explains. "We also know that we need to start fresh."
The Manitoba Provincial Baseball Championship will see four pools of three teams, with two round-robin games against the teams in their pool. The top two teams from each pool move onto the playoff rounds, which begin on Friday afternoon.
The Trojans start off the tournament by taking on the Birtle/Shoal Lake/Strathclair squad tonight at 5:30 and will play their second game of the round-robin tomorrow at 11:45 against William Morton Collegiate.
Asham outlines how they have been preparing this week.
"We went through the same routine as we were stuck in the gym both days," Asham continues. "The weather kept us in the gym for both of our practices this week, so we just stuck with our routine. The pitchers pitched, we did our batting stations, did some ground balls and so on. We've been on this routine for probably a month and a half in the gym."
The coach adds their main goal for the tournament is to have fun and play their best baseball of the season.
"We want to just focus on going there and playing the best ball that we've played so far this year," says Asham. "We're looking to play some solid ball in all aspects of the game and see where that takes us."
The Trojans will make their provincial debut tonight at Don Sumner Field in Brandon. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:30.