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Ball teams compete in tournaments

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Mackenzie Hientz

Chris Cooper is on the mound as he pitches against the Regina Wolfpack on May 21

The Southeast Legacy Midget AAA Twins went 3-1 in the Canada Cup selects tournament in Saskatoon from May 16 to 18.

That record should be a confidence boost for the team, as they played consistent baseball, said coach Derek Wallace.

The Giants opened the tournament with a 12-6 loss against the Lloydminster Northwest Prairie Pirates. Chris Cooper was the pitcher of record, as he worked into the fourth inning, allowing nine runs. Three of them were earned.

Carter Krafchuk led the offence, going three for four, with two runs and a run batted in (RBI).

The following day, the Twins edged out the Saskatoon Cubs 5-4.  Colton Gingras had a strong offensive outing, with an inside the park home run, a triple and three RBIs.

Austin Kuchinka pitched six innings and allowed three runs.

“We found a way to win that one, it was a really good game throughout and we just found a way to pull it out,” said Wallace.

After going 1-1 in their pool in round robin play, the Twins played the second place teams in the other two pools.

The first game was an 8-7 victory over the Saskatoon Diamondbacks on May 17.

The Twins showed resiliency in the game as they were down 7-4 going into the top of the seventh and final inning. They scored four runs to take the lead.

“We found a way to tie it up and go ahead and then hold on, so that comeback was really good to see,” said Wallace.

James Giroux led the offence with three hits and an RBI.

In their last game of the tournament, the Twins defeated the Regina Mets 4-3.

Dylan Hockley was the pitcher of record, pitching into the seventh inning, with seven strikeouts and one earned run against.

The Twins also played a double header May 14 against the Regina Athletics, and lost both games, 3-2 and 18-8.

They also played on May 21 against the Regina Wolfpack at Lynn Prime Park, and lost 8-1.

The Twins' next four games are on the road. They play two double-headers, one against Lloydminster May 24, and the other against the Saskatoon Cubs May 25.

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The Estevan KPC Mosquito AAA Sluggers played in their first tournament of the season in the Legacy Tournament in Regina, and went 0-3.

Despite the three losses, coach Ryan Siever said there were improvements in each game.

The tournament consisted of six teams, as each team played three games before the playoff round.

The first game on May 17, the Twins lost 10-0 against Swift Current. Siever said the team got off to a slow start, but played better as the game went on.

In the next game, Estevan was defeated 13-3 by the Regina Buffalos. Siever said that the team started out well, as they scored a couple of runs in the early innings. Then they ran into trouble in the middle innings.

The following day they were matched up against the White Butte Broncos, and lost 7-1.

Siever sad the Sluggers started well against the Broncos, as they had an early run, but pitching and some tough luck offensively contributed to the loss.

Estevan did not advance in the playoffs.

Siever was impressed with their fielding in the tournament, and the Sluggers had a good relay to tag a player out at home plate during one game.

 “We had some nice catches in the outfield, some good relays in from the outfield when the balls were hit out there past the fielders, said Siever.

The Sluggers are scheduled to play a double header against Swift Current at Luscar Park on May 24. Games start at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Then they'll play another double-header the following day in Regina against the Buffalos. 


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