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Twins reach final in tournament

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Mackenzie Hientz

A member of the Estevan Sluggers gets a hit during a double-header against the Melville Millionaires on June 14 at Luscar Cactus Park.

The Southeast Legacy Midget AAA Twins baseball team reached the final of the Williston Invitational Tournament in Williston, N.D. from June 12 to 15.

The Twins had an overall record of 3-2 in the tournament.

They opened the tournament with a 7-6 loss to the Williston T-Birds. The Twins swung the bats well, collecting eight hits, led by Jonathon Macfarlane's double and single.

The following game the Twins defeated the Cody Wyoming Stampede 4-2. They were trailing 2-1 after five innings, but scored three runs in the sixth to take the lead, and won despite having just three hits. John Gabb pitched five innings to get the win.

The next day, the Twins had an offensive outburst against the Moose Jaw Canucks, beating them 13-3. Brandon Hutt led the attack, going three-for-four with three singles and three runs batted in (RBI).

They concluded the round robin with a 6-4 win over the Montana Halos. The Twins led throughout the game, and survived a late-game rally by the Halos.

The last game of the tournament was an 8-0 loss in the final to the Aberdeen Smitty’s. The Twins collected seven hits, but couldn't plate any base runners.

Coach Derek Wallace said that is an aspect the team needs to work on.

“Just move the runners around the bases and finding a way to score them when we get chances to,” he said.

But Wallace was impressed with the way the team played throughout the tournament.

“It was probably our most consistent weekend of the year, and I think everybody on our team kind of got to see what we were able to accomplish when everybody just works hard, and does their job,” he said.

He also said the tournament was a great opportunity to see how well they match with teams outside their league.

Next action for the Twins is a double-header against the Regina Wolfpack in Weyburn on June 21.

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The Estevan KPC Mosquito AAA Sluggers went 1-4 in their latest games.

On June 13 they defeated the Weyburn Beavers in what coach Ryan Siever said was a lopsided victory. (Score was not available. 

“The kids played well, they hit the ball well, so it was nice to see that out of those guys,” said Siever.

Then they played the Melville Millionaires in a double-header at home on June 14, and dropped both games.

In the first game, they lost 8-6. Siever said Estevan should have won but made a couple of mental errors that led to late runs for Melville.

Derek Weinrauch pitched four innings for the Sluggers, and Siever said that he threw really well.

In the following game, Estevan lost 10-0. They were up against a good pitcher, according to Siever.

“The boys hit well against him; it was nice to see them put the bat on the ball as much as they could, but just didn’t end up getting any runs,” he said.

The next day, the Sluggers were at home against the Regina White Sox. In the first game Siever said that the team didn’t play well, and lost 22-6.

In the second game, they had a better performance, according to Siever, but still loss 12-6.

Siever said they need to remember they can always find a way to win.

"I’m hoping that they’ve realized that every play is important and getting one out can be really big in an inning," he said.

The Sluggers will host the Regina Buffaloes for a double-header on June 21 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and then they'll visit the Regina White Sox for two on June 22. 


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