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Twins play double-headers versus Mets

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Southeast Legacy Twins pitcher Austin Kuchinka was the starter during a game against the Regina Mets on July 12 at Lynn Prime Park.

The Southeast Legacy Midget AAA Twins recently went 1-3 against the Regina Mets in a couple of double headers.

The most recent set of games was July 15 in Regina. The Twins dropped both games, 9-8 in the first and 14-5 in the second.

In the first game, the Twins were down 4-2 after the first inning, but had an 8-6 lead by the seventh. Regina scored three runs in bottom of seven for the win.

Garret Fitzpatrick had three runs batted in to pace the offence.

In the second game, the Twins scored five runs in the third inning to take a 5-4 lead, but the Mets responded with five of their own in the bottom half to lead 9-5, and then they continued to pull away.

The Twins split a pair of home games against the Mets on July 12. They lost the first one 17-0 in five innings, as the mercy rule came into effect.

“We just weren’t making the routine plays and stuff just kind of piled on,” said coach Derek Wallace.

In the second game the Twins responded with a 2-1, walk off victory.

“We did a great job of putting the first one in the past and getting back to work and coming out with the big win there,” said Wallace.

James Giroux pitched 6 2/3 innings, and allowed one run on nine hits, and struck out five. Garrett Fitzpatrick came on in relief, and pitched a third of an inning, but was still credited with the win. 

“James Giroux went on that second game and pitched an extremely good game, and gave us a chance to win, and the defence kept us in it,” said Wallace.

Fitzpatrick hit a home run in the fourth inning to tie the game, and Giroux had the game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh that scored Bryce Burnett.

The Twins play their final home game of the regular season on July 18 at Lynn Prime Park against the Saskatoon Giants at 6 p.m. And they will conclude the regular season on July 19 in Regina against the Wolfpack.

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The Estevan KPC Mosquito AAA Sluggers finished 1-3 during a tournament in Melville from July 11 to 13.

The Sluggers opened the tournament with a 13-3 loss in four innings to the Regina White Sox.

“We just didn’t make a couple of plays in the field, and got down a little bit early,” said coach Ryan Siever.

The Sluggers hitting the ball well, Siever said, but Regina played solid defence.

The following day, Estevan played the Saskatoon Screwballs, and lost 17-3 in five innings.

Saskatoon jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, and the Sluggers responded quickly, scoring a couple runs of their own, Siever said. But they started to struggle defensively, and the pitchers could not find the strike zone.

The next game the Sluggers earned a 15-13 victory against the Saskatoon Braves.

“The kids played well, they were swinging the bats really well that game,” said Siever.

Estevan finished fifth out of seven games in their pool.

They played the fifth place team from the other pool, Prince Albert, on July 13, and lost 9-8.

Estevan was trailing 8-2, and scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game.

Tase Miller hit a three-run inside the park home run.

“Nice hit right to the fence, he got on his horse and he bolted all the way around,” said Siever.

He said that the team threw strikes, and Hunter Siever allowed just one run in the final 4 1/3 innings.

But Prince Albert once in the sixth for the winning run. The Sluggers had base-runners and a chance to tie, but couldn't score. 

The Sluggers will finish the season by hosting provincials from July 18 to 20 at Luscar Park.


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