Estevan KPC Mosquito AAA Sluggers head coach Ryan Siever was pleased with his team's effort at the provincial championship July 18 to 20 at Luscar Park, even though they had an 0-4 record.
The Sluggers opened the tournament with a 9-5 loss against the Regina Buffaloes.
“We were fairly close, it was one of our better games of the year overall, so it was nice to see the boys put up a fight and go in there playing hard,” he said.
Jackson Miller started the game and Kyle Mack closed it out. Siever said that both did well on the mound, as they threw strikes.
The following game, Estevan fell 6-2 to the Saskatoon Blue Jay Crush.
Hayden Lavoie started the game and pitched into the fifth inning.
“He threw very, very well,” said Siever. “We were very impressed. It was probably one of the best pitching performances we’ve seen out of one of our pitchers all year.”
He noted that they struggled offensively, as the game was tied 2-2 after the second inning, but they couldn’t score after that.
“We just couldn’t get the bats going in that one,” said Siever.
The next day the Sluggers were matched up against the Saskatoon Cardinals and lost 11-1. The game went four innings as the mercy rule came into play.
Kyler Dutka started the game and Hunter Siever came on in relief, said coach Siever
“Pitchers did what we asked them to do, they went in and threw strikes,” he said.
Siever said that the team was hitting the ball, but the Cardinals played well defensively and offensively.
“That Cardinals team was a very good hitting team and very solid defensively,” he said.
In the Sluggers’ final game, they dropped a 6-3 decision to the Saskatoon All-Star A’s.
Tase Miller started and Derek Weinrauch finished the game.
“We were hitting the ball, but we weren’t getting it through the infield or getting it past guys,” said Siever.
Overall Siever was proud of the way the team played throughout the tournament.
“I think we played our best baseball of the year and we were proud of the kids.” said Siever.
But he does wish they could have pulled out some wins.
“We felt like that we could have won a few games and be in contention,” said Siever. “We played some good games, just didn’t end up on the winning side of any of them unfortunately.”
Siever believes that the team did make positive strides in the right direction this year and he is excited for next year, since the majority of the team will be returning.
The Saskatoon Cardinals beat the Saskatoon Blue Jays Crush 12-11 to win the provincial tournament.