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Ball teams have tough weekend

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Mackenzie Hientz

Garett Fitzpatrick of the Southeast Legacy Twins fields the ball while a runner is sliding into second, in an 8-1 defeat to the Regina Wolfpack on May 21.

The Southeast Legacy Midget AAA Twins won one of four games in a pair of double-headers on the road.

On May 24, the Twins lost the first game 10-0 in six innings to the Northwest Prairie Pirates in Lloydminster.

The Twins fell behind early, allowing five runs in the first.

The following game the Twins dropped a 9-4 decision. The Twins had a productive fourth inning as they scored three times but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Pirates.

The next day, the Twins travelled to Saskatoon and lost to the Cubs 13-3 in five innings in Game 1.

The Twins fell behind early, as the Cubs got out to an early three-run lead, but they tied it up in the second with three runs of their own. The Cubs then pulled away.

The Twins lone win of the weekend came in their last game, as they defeated the Cubs 12-4.

“It was good that the last game of the weekend, we found a way to put stuff together a little bit and come out with a least the one win,” said coach Derek Wallace

The Twins scored 10 runs in the second to take the early lead, and never looked back.

Overall, throughout the weekend Wallace noticed the improvement in hitting in each game

Going forward he said that the pitchers still need to work on attacking the strike zone, and just be more prepared defensively.

The Twins also played a game May 21 against the Regina Wolfpack and lost 8-1.

They are 2-13 in league play, and are scheduled to play a double-header against the Saskatoon Giants May 31 in Weyburn.

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The Estevan KPC Mosquito AAA Sluggers recently dropped four games.

On May 24 they hosted a double header against Swift Current, and lost the first game 13-0 and the second game 10-0.

Coach Ryan Siever noticed that the team was struggling with the hitting in those games.

The following day, Estevan played in Regina and lost both games of a double-header to the Buffalos.

In the first game they were defeated 13-8, but Siever said that was their best game of the weekend.

Siever said that it was a back and forth game, but the Sluggers made some costly mistakes

 “So if we would’ve made a couple of plays I think we definitely would have had the Buffalos that game,” he said.

Siever also saw an improvement in their hitting compared to the first two games of the weekend.

“The kids were swinging the bats really well that game and battling up there, which is nice to see, getting the bat on the ball and extending at bats,” said Siever.

The Sluggers lost their final game of the weekend 11-1.

Siever said he was impressed with the pitching during the weekend, as the team pitched well and threw strikes. Despite the losses, Siever said that the team is keeping a positive attitude and is willing to improve each game.

“Sunday they were a little upbeat and positive and more into the game which was good to see,” he said.

They also played on May 22, and lost a close game, 14-12 to the Weyburn Beavers

“We had a really good game against them, just couldn’t quite pull it out there at the end,” said Siever.

Siever has also noticed that the Sluggers are starting to gel together as a team, and he said that is important in upcoming games.

The Sluggers next action is the annual Eugene Emberley Memorial Tournament in Weyburn from May 30 to June 1.


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