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Twins drop three to open season

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Jonathon MacFarlane checks his swing during the Southeast Legacy Midget AAA Twins' season-opening loss to the Regina Wolfpack.

The Southeast Legacy Midget AAA Twins might have dropped their first three games of the season, but coach Derek Wallace was still able to find some positives.

First they were swept in a double-header by the Regina Wolf Pack on May 3, losing 10-3 in Game 1 and 17-4 in six innings in Game 2. The games were a rematch of last year's provincial final.

“The Wolf Pack will be one of the best teams in the province, and talent-wise, we were right there with them,” said Wallace. “There are some little things that we have to work on and correct, but they're all things we can fix.”

In the first game versus the Wolf Pack, James Giroux took the loss on the mound, even though he gave up just two runs in four innings.

The Wolf Pack's final six runs were unearned.

Giroux led the Twins' offensive attack in the second game versus the Wolf Pack, as he went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs.

Garrett Fitzpatrick took the loss in Game 2 by allowing seven runs – four of them earned – in three and two-thirds innings.

The following day, the Twins lost 7-2 in six innings to the Regina Athletics. The game was called early due to inclimate weather. The second game of a double-header was postponed.

“The score wasn't indicative of the talent level of the two teams,” said Wallace. “It was just that we made a few more mistakes than they did that ended up costing us in the long run.”

Sean Jonassen had a double and a run batted in against the Athletics. Starting pitcher Carson Perkins allowed six runs in four innings.

All three games were played at Lynn Prime Park in Estevan.

Wallace said he was impressed with the Twins' approach at the plate in both games. They also made significant progress in their defensive play in the game against the Athletics.

“We were really aggressive and making plays out of nothing,” said Wallace.

The Twins next action will be home games on May 10 against the Saskatoon Diamondbacks. Games will be at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Tom Laing Field in Weyburn. Then they will visit the Regina Mets on May 11.

 


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