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Red Lions will face Primeaus in NCABL semifinal

Westlock will host games 1 and 2 Sept. 12
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The Westlock Red Lions will face the Edmonton Primeaus in a three-game semifinal series starting Sept. 12 in Westlock for the right to play for the NCABL crown. George Blais/WN
WESTLOCK - The Westlock Red Lions, who claimed the North Central Alberta Baseball League pennant Aug. 26, will face the Edmonton Primeaus in a three-game series this coming weekend for the right to play for the league championship.

Keller Field will be the site for games 1 and 2 of the NCABL semifinal series slated for 1 and 4 p.m. Sept. 12 — the Red Lions finished the year with a 7-0-1 mark, while scoring 37 runs for and giving up only 12. Meanwhile the Primeaus rolled to a 4-3 record, while cashing in 47 runs and allowing 41. Game 3, if necessary, will be hosted by the Primeaus Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

There’ll be a small $5 gate fee in place for the series for anyone 13 years of age or older — kids 12 and under get in for free.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge. We’re playing against a good team with a lot veterans and I know they’re looking forward to it as much as we are. I think it will be a fantastic series,” said Red Lions player/manager Chris Brand.

“It would be nice to see some home fans come out and watch. It will be an exciting day of baseball.”

This will be the first time the clubs square off in 2020 as they were in different pools for the regular season — the Red Lions were in Pool ‘A’ and the Primeaus were in Pool ‘B’. That said, the Primeaus are well known to the Red Lions.

“Their core has been the same for the past number of years so there’ll be no surprises,” said Brand.

The other semifinal series sees the Sherwood Park Athletics, with a 6-2 record, square off versus the Parkland Twins, who went 4-3-1 — games 1 and 2 go in Sherwood Park Sept. 13, while a third game, if needed, will be hosted Sept. 15 by the Twins.

The winners of the semifinal series will battle in a best-of-three for the league title Sept. 19 at the home of the club with the best regular-season record — games 1 and 2 go at 1 and 4 p.m. and Game 3, if necessary, will be held the following day at the same park at 2 p.m.