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The Southeast Leagacy Midget AAA Twins recently won gold at a tournament in Medicine Hat.

The Southeast Legacy Midget AAA Twins recently won a tournament in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

They defeated the Calgary Rockies 3-2 in the championship game.

“It’s nice to show the guys that we can win a five-game tournament, and get it done when it comes to provincial time,” said coach Derek Wallace.

The Twins opened the tournament with a 15-5 loss against the Rockies on July 4. Wallace said that the team started the tournament slow against the Rockies, as they only had four hits.

The following day the Twins earned their first win of the tournament, with a 9-8 victory over the Calgary Redbirds. Calgary led 7-2 after the second inning, but the Twins fought back to tie the game 8-8 entering the seventh inning.

Drew Fellner scored Garret Fitzpatrick with an RBI single for the winning run.

The Twins finished round robin play against the Lethbridge Giants, and beat them 18-14, thanks in part to a five-run second inning. Lethbridge scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to make the game interesting.

The Twins finished 2-1 in their pool and advanced to the semi-final round. They beat the Medicine Hat Knights 10-3.

“The semi-final game was probably our best offensive game of the year; I think we had a lot of guys really start hitting like we thought they could all year,” said Wallace.

They had 10 hits, and scored in every inning except the fourth and fifth frames.

Sean Jonassen contributed a double, a single and two runs batted in.

The win sent them to the final against the Rockies, and they avenged their earlier loss. Garrett Fitzpatrick's single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Carver Krafchuk for the game-winning run.

Dylan Hockley, Chris Cooper and Brandon Hutt were the Twins' pitchers in the final.

Up next for the Twins is a July 12 double-header against the Regina Mets at Lynn Prime Park. Games start at 1 and 3 pm.

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The Estevan KPC Mosquito AAA Sluggers finished league play with a tournament in Regina July 5.

The Sluggers were seeded seventh out of the seven teams, and were matched up against the second seeded Swift Current Indians in the first round. Estevan lost 12-3.

Coach Ryan Siever said the Twins had the bases loaded twice, but they couldn’t take advantage.

“Kids came out and swung the bat well, started putting the ball in play and tried to make some things happen, but Swift Current played some good defence,” he said.

Jackson Miller started the game and was relieved by Tyler Dutka and Kyle Mack. Siever said they all did a good job of throwing strikes.

The following game Estevan fell 15-3 in four innings to the Regina Buffalos, and they were eliminated from the playoffs.

The Sluggers got off to great start, knocking out the starting pitcher early in the game.

After two innings, the game was tied 3-3, but Siever said the “wheels kind of fell off.”

“We started making these errors that we haven’t made all year,” he said.

Siever said the Sluggers need to eliminate their mental errors.

“If we can stay focus and play the game the way we know we can, we’ll be just fine,” he said.

The Sluggers next play in a tournament in Melville from July 11 to 13.


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