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Twins play a barrage of games

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David Willberg

A member of the Southeast Legacy Twins slides in safely at first base in a game against the Swift Current Indians on June 7 at Lynn Prime Park.

The Southeast Legacy Midget AAA Twins played in some close games recently, but won just two of seven games.

The Twins latest games came on June 10 on the road, as they split games against the Regina Wolfpack and Regina Athletics. They lost to the Wolfpack 7-1 and won 10-8 against the league-leading Athletics.

In previous games, the Twins faced the Athletics in Regina on June 8, and lost twice, 4-2 and 4-3. In the first game, the Twins were tied 1-1 through three innings, but gave up one run in the fourth and two in the fifth, but never recovered.

In the next game the Twins fell 4-3 in extra innings. The Athletics scored three in the fifth to lead 3-0, but the Twins responded with three of their own in the sixth to tie the game.

Regina scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. 

The Twins also split a double-header against the Swift Current Indians on June 7 at Lynne Prime Park in Estevan.

In the first game, they lost a close contest 5-4. They gave up two runs in the top of the seventh and final inning.

Coach Derek Wallace said that the team played well throughout the game.

“We were within a strike of winning that game, and just had a little hit fall for them that ends up winning them the game,” he said.

The following game the Twins rebounded, defeating the Indians 12-2. The game only went six innings as the mercy rule was invoked.

The Twins had an offensive outburst in the third inning, scoring seven runs, and they had 13 hits in the game. Brandon Hutt went four-for-four, hitting a double and three singles, and driving in four runs.

Carver Krafchuk also had a good offensive outing, going three for four with a run batted in.

“Overall this is the most consistent weekend we’ve had…we had a chance to win in all four games,” said Wallace.

On June 5 the Twins were defeated 12-2 by the Athletics. Wallace liked the response of his team after this defeat.

“We’ve had some issues throughout the year of taking a while to bounce back from things, so it was really nice to see that we have that rough game, then we got right back to work,” said Wallace.

The Twins will ravel to Williston, N.D. on June 12 for a four-day tournament.

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The Estevan KPC Mosquito AAA Sluggers dropped a pair of games in Swift Current on June 8, losing 10-0 and 11-1.

In the first game, the Sluggers only played four innings before the mercy rule came into effect, but coach Ryan Siever said played well in the first three innings.

“In the bottom of the fourth inning we had some miscues on defence and just couldn’t quite get out of the inning, and gave up six so that ended the game,” said Siever.

In Game 2, Siever said that the Sluggers started the game well, as they got a leadoff walk and had players on second and third with nobody out, but couldn’t score.

The game went four innings as the previous one, but they played two more innings for practice purposes.

Throughout the two games, Siever saw improvements form his team.

“Kids are starting to hit a little bit better, pitchers are starting to throw strikes a lot more consistently which  is good, it keeps the game flowing,” said Siever.

The Sluggers are in action June 14 and 15 at home against Melville and the Regina White Sox, respectively. Games start at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. both days.


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