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Supers begin title defence by splitting first two games

Canora Supers win decisively on the road, but then go down to defeat in ragged home opener.

CANORA - The Canora Supers opened the 2023 Southeast Senior Baseball League season by wasting no time making it clear that the team is ready to go after a fourth straight league championship.

On May 12, the Supers headed south to visit the Yorkton Marlins.

“It was a bit of a sloppy contest as both teams are still ironing out some kinks, but in the end the Supers scored nine runs on nine hits in a 9-1 win,” said Greg Andreychuk, player/coach.

The Supers scored three in the first inning, and then four more in the fifth to blow open a close game. 

Kody Rock led the way for the offence with three singles, a run-batted-in, and a stolen base. Dylan Toffan had two singles and two runs scored. Kholton Shewchuk, Ian Quewezance, Clay Sleeva and Jeff Stewart each had one hit. The Marlins surrendered eight walks and made a few costly errors, with the Supers taking full advantage of the added opportunities.

Kody Rock went six innings on the hill while allowing just one run on three hits with eleven strikeouts to pick up the win. Kholton Shewchuk pitched a clean seventh inning with one strikeout to finish off the game.

“Also of note in this contest were the debuts of Canora native Ty Sleeva, and Yorkton native Riley Stewart,” said Andreychuk. “Both are first year 18U players with the Parkland AA Expos team.”

Gloomy home opener

The home opener for the 2023 Canora Supers on May 17 was a chilly, windy and miserable night. The Supers play was on par with the lousy weather as nothing seemed to go right in a 14-4 loss to the Yorkton Marlins in Southeast Senior Baseball League action.

Kholton Shewchuk started on the hill, and pitched very well for Canora, according to Greg Andreychuk, player/coach.

“Unfortunately the defence and hitting were not up to snuff to help the cause,” said Andreychuk. “Shewchuk scattered six hits and four strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings, but four costly errors increased his workload and gave the Marlins more opportunities. He gave up seven runs but only three were earned as he took the loss.”

Shae Peterson gutted out the rest of the game on the mound, pitching against a fierce wind and some hot Marlins bats. The game was called after five innings due to darkness.

“The Supers got plenty of baserunners against Marlins pitcher Grady Hawkins, as he gave up six walks and hit four batters,” said Andreychuk. “Unfortunately the Supers could only muster one hit all night, and that was Grady Wolkowski's first home run in senior baseball.”

Brendon Landstad drew a run-scoring walk, and Jeff Stewart had a sacrifice fly to drive in another run.

With the loss the Supers fall to one win and one loss on the young season.

The Supers travel to Yorkton on May 26 for another crack at the Marlins.

Canora’s next home action is on May 31 versus the visiting Langenburg Legends.