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Phillies to resume season 0

By Dan Falloon, Portage Daily Graphic

The Portage Phillies will resume their Winnipeg Fastpitch season on Monday night with a pair of pivotal games against the Notre Dame Clubs. (File photo)

The Portage Phillies will resume their Winnipeg Fastpitch season on Monday night with a pair of pivotal games against the Notre Dame Clubs. (File photo)

The Portage Phillies haven't played a Winnipeg Fastball League game since July 26.

They'll break the drought Monday night when the Notre Dame Clubs visit Republic of Manitobah Park for a doubleheader before finishing the regular season Thursday with the completion of a June 7 game against the Vipers.

But team members haven't been sitting around twiddling their thumbs waiting for the season to resume.

Head coach Rob Olson, pitcher Gregg Waldvogel and fielders Dan Fedak and Troy Mutch joined the Clanwilliam Greys to play in the 2012 Western Canadian Fast Pitch Championships in Winnipeg from Aug. 9-12.

Playing in the masters division, the Grays posted a 4-2 record in the preliminary round. They won all three Thursday games, defeating Cross Lake 11-4, Saskatoon 8-0 and the Tigers 12-4. They opened Friday with a 10-1 loss to the eventual champion Moose Jaw Giants, but rebounded to beat Edmonton 4-3. On Saturday, they fell 10-3 to the Peace Country Masters to wrap up the round-robin.

In the first playoff game, the Greys were eliminated 7-1 by Edmonton to end up in fourth place overall.

Waldvogel, meanwhile, was honoured as the round robin's top pitcher.

Meanwhile, three others were away the same weekend. Bryce Graham, Jay Dewis and A.J. Spiller joined the Winnipeg Bullets to play at the 2012 North American Fastpitch Association World Series in Topeka, Kansas.

The Bullets lost all three of their games, dropping the opener 3-2 to R.M. Kurtz Enterprise of Pennsylvania, before losing 11-4 to Kansas' Bruna Implements and 8-6 to the Central Illinois Knights.

The Phillies were slated to meet up Thursday night to get back into gameplay before a big final week.

Olson said he doesn't expect the layoff to result in any negative ramifications for the club.

"It's not really that big a deal," said Olson. "It doesn't take long to get back into the swing of things."

The Phillies currently reside in second place in the league, but cannot catch the first-place Peguis Braves, who hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. However, the Phillies can be caught and passed by both the Farmers of Plum Coulee and the Stealers, so locking away three wins next week will do plenty to help the team's ranking entering the playoff tournament in Stonewall on Aug. 25 and 26.

For more, please see Friday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.

dan.falloon@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: PDGdfalloon

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