SWIFT CURRENT - Local baseball age-rep. teams continued their strong starts to the season during the Victoria Day long weekend.
The Southeast U18 AAA Twins competed at a U18 Selects tournament in Swift Current, finishing with a 2-2 record. They opened with a 22-2 win over the Saskatoon Giants, a game that was called after five innings through the mercy rule. The Twins scored at least twice in each inning.
Dylan Frey had four runs and four runs batted in (RBI), while Dax Brown also brought in four.
Aiden Trimble and Draven Naviaux combined to allow just three hits for the Twins.
Their next game was a 9-3 win over the Regina White Sox. The Twins scored three times in the third to break open a close 1-0 game. Sutter Balog had three RBIs and two hits in the game.
Callum Hollinger went 6 1/3 innings and didn't allow a run until the seventh.
The Twins then lost 13-7 to the Zone 7 Sun Devils out of west-central and northwest Saskatchewan. The Twins had a 4-2 lead after the first inning, but the Sun Devils fought back, and took over with seven in the fourth inning.
Trimble had two RBIs for the Twins.
Their final game of the tournament was a 2-1 loss in extra innings to the East Central Red Sox on Monday morning.
The Twins forced the extra frame with a run in the seventh, but the Red Sox scored one in the eighth. Spencer Copeland's hit scored Hollinger in the seventh.
Balog went seven innings, giving up two hits and striking out 13.
The Estevan U18 AA Brewers improved their record to 6-0 with two wins, 11-1 and 15-8, over the Regina Pacers on Saturday.
The Brewers scored five times in each of the third and sixth innings in the first game to invoke the mercy rule. Tallan Howie and Mathias Fornwald each had two hits, two RBIs and two runs for the Brewers.
J. Mayer allowed just two hits in six innings for the Brewers.
The next game saw the Brewers score four in the first and surrender five in the second, but took over with five of their own in the third and four in the sixth. Fornwald had three hits, including a home run, and six RBIs, while Jayden Kuchinka had four hits, two RBIs and scored four times.
Sam Bendickson and Tanyan Strudwick shared the pitching duties.
The Southeast U15 AAA A's lone game in league play last week was a 12-6 win over the Regina Athletics last Tuesday. Tyson Hardy led the offensive attack with three hits including a home run. He had two runs and three RBIs.
The A's rallied from an early 4-1 deficit, highlighted by 10 runs in the fifth.
Caden Dorrance earned the win with five innings on the mound.
The Estevan U15 AA Brewers started their season 2-1, beginning with a 9-2 win over the Regina U15 AA Blue Jays on May 18.
Then they split games against the Weyburn Beavers on May 21, losing 11-7 but recovering to win 13-11.
The Estevan U13 AA Brewers opened their season with a 17-6 win over the Weyburn Beavers on May 16.
The Brewers then swept two straight from the Regina Blue Jays, winning 28-13 and 17-6 on Monday to improve their record to 3-0.
The Estevan U11 AA Brewers improved their record to 7-0 with three convincing wins in league play: 26-1 over the White Butte Broncos Blue on Saturday, and 8-0 and 13-1 over the Regina White Sox on Sunday.
The Brewers will host the Regina Blue Jays on June 3 and the White Butte Broncos Black on June 4.
(Note: information on the U15, U13 and U11 Brewers' games was not available through Game Changer).