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Twins win first game of season

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Mackenzie Hientz

Hayden Lavoie of the Estevan KPC Mosquito AAA Sluggers arrives safely into third base.

The Southeast Legacy Midget AAA Twins defeated the Saskatoon Diamondbacks 6-3 on May 10 to earn their first victory of the season.

The Twins jumped to an early lead, as they scored a run in the first inning, and added three more in the third. John MacFarlane keyed the offence in the third with a two-run triple.

Austin Kuchinka was the pitcher of record, as he pitched into the fifth, and allowed three runs. Two of them were earned.

Coach Derek Wallace said it was good for the team to get that first win out of the way, to reduce the pressure associated with consecutive losses.

“It lets everybody know that you can win…so it’s nice to get that little confidence boost, and know that if you stick to the program, we will win games,” said Wallace.

The win over the Diamondbacks was in the second half of a double-header. They lost 8-0 earlier in the day. Wallace said the Twins started slowly and had trouble at the plate, with just two hits.

James Giroux took the loss, as he allowed four earned runs in five innings.

The following day, the Twins lost twice to the Regina Mets: 16-10 and 6-0.

In the first game, Wallace said the team started strong offensively, scoring four runs in the first, but couldn't recover from struggles in the middle innings.

The second game against the Mets was their best defensive effort of the season, he said.

Their record was 1-6 following the double-header against the Mets.

The Twins were slated to play a double-header on May 14 against the Regina Athletics in Weyburn. (Results were not available at press time). They will play at a tournament in Saskatoon during the Victoria Day long weekend.

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The Estevan KPC Mosquito AAA Sluggers went 1-3 to open their season.

On May 10, they played the Melville Millionaires twice and dropped both games, losing 6-5 in the first game and 14-10 in the second

In the first game, coach Ryan Siever was impressed with the resilience of his team. They were behind 6-2 in the top of the sixth and final inning, and scored three runs, but came up short, as they stranded the tying run on third.

“Overall it was a fairly good first game, we were pretty impressed with those boys for coming back and making a game of it right there at the end,” said Siever.

The Sluggers lost the following game 14-10. Siever said that the team struggled early, as they had some troubles throwing strikes, but the Sluggers scored some runs late in the game.

The following day, the Sluggers were matched up against the Weyburn Beavers. They split a double-header, losing 8-6 in Game 1 and winning 12-0 in four innings in Game 2.

In the first game, Siever said his team was hitting the ball well, but Weyburn played well defensively.

The game was tied at five in the top of the sixth, but the Beavers pulled away with three runs.

The second half of the double header was the Sluggers most complete game of the weekend, Siever said. They had great pitching, as Scott Weinrauch went four innings, and they scored six times in each of the first and fourth innings.

“We were impressed that they came back a little hungry for a win and got that first win for us this year,” said Siever.

The Sluggers are slated to play in the Legacy Tournament in Regina during the May long weekend. 


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