YORKTON - The Parkland 18U AA Expos squared off against the Regina Pacers in the final action of the day Saturday at the Provincial Tier 1 tournament being held at Jubilee Park in Yorkton.
And, it was an old-fashioned slug fest with runs aplenty by both sides as the teams would combine for 30 hits.
The teams traded three-run efforts in the first inning, setting the tone for what was to come.
The Pacers pulled ahead with four more runs in the top of the second inning, then added four in the fourth inning to lead 11-3.
The Expos cut into the Regina lead responding with three in the home-half of the fourth inning to make it an 11-6 contest.
The Pacers then put up a huge six-runs in the sixth inning to jump ahead 17-6.
The Expos weren’t done though, putting four on the board in their half of the sixth inning cutting the Pacer lead to 17-10.
The line score then showed a minus-one run for Regina in the seventh inning, and the Expos tried valiantly to mount a comeback, scoring four in the home-half of the final frame coming up two runs shorts in a 16-14 decision.
Colton Hubic started the game on the mound for the Expos. He allowed 15 hits and 11 runs over four innings, striking out three.
Logan Wolkowski threw three innings out of the bullpen.
Carson Brooks started for the Pacers. The right-hander surrendered six runs on eight hits over four and two-thirds innings, striking out two.
The Expos totaled 16 hits. Dion Maksymchuk, Jeff Stewart, Sam Cristo, Brandon Spilchen, and Matthew Datema all collected multiple hits for the home side.
The loss eliminated the Expos from the playoffs Sunday.
Other afternoon games Saturday saw the Unity Cardinals over the Weyburn Beavers 8-6 and the Assiniboia Aces over the Regina Buffalos 13-1.
The playoffs go Sunday with the semi finals set for 9:30 a.m. at Jubilee Park with the Regina Buffalos and Regina Whitesox in one contest, while Unity takes on Assiniboia in the other game. The winners will meet in the gold medal game scheduled for 1 p.m.