Baseball seems so far in the future with this terrible weather, but Adlai Muench of Martensville was part of a provincial team of players that travelled to Vero Beach Florida over the Easter break to play against American teams. Muench was scouted as one of the top thirty U18 baseball players in the Province and attended an invitational tryout at Leakos Field in Saskatoon in early September 2016. The team is coached by Greg Brons and focuses on those athletes that will graduate in 2019. In the fall they extended their season by travelling to Peoria, Arizona to practice and play teams of their same caliber. In Florida, at Historic Dodger Town, the Saskatchewan players faced teams from New York, Kentucky and Vermont. They proved to be quite competitive opponents as all the games were very close. It was a round robin format that was set up more like an ID camp of these higher caliber of players. Coach Brons and his coaches are using this as an opportunity to finalize their roster to 18 players for the U18 team. This team will participate in the Canada Cup in August.
Muench fared quite well in Florida, batting just over 600 with 3 RBI’s and a triple. On defense Muench is a left fielder with the team. He is currently playing his second year with the Saskatoon Midget AAA Giants. The Giants play tournaments in Alberta, North Dakota and Wyoming so he will get other opportunities to see high level international teams. “I love playing ball at this level and I have had some pretty great experiences”, commented Muench. “It’s great getting to play against other players who are so talented.” He goes on to comment how his time with Team Saskatchewan gives him an opportunity to improve his skills.