Baseball story from the weekend: five wins, one loss

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

A lot of things were going on in Slave Lake on the July 6 and 7 weekend, and baseball was one of them. Or two of them, because two sets of provincial minor ball games were happening on opposite sides of Hwy. 88.

Over at Charity Park, the Midget Heat hosted St. Albert, Battle River and Sylvan Lake. At the Sinclair Fields, the Mosquito Heat took the field for games against High Prairie, St. Albert, and Edmonton.

The weather mostly cooperated – for once improving on the forecast. Except for a shower later Sunday afternoon, it was a great weekend for baseball.

On the Midget side, the Heat went 3 and 0 to improve to 11 and 2 on the season. They started with an 11 – 7 win over the St. Albert Cardinals. Kyle Campbell started on the mound and went 5 2/3 innings. Parker Hay came in to close things out.

In Game 2, Hunter Mouallem “put on a pitching clinic,” says head coach Kevin Campbell, in a 6 – 0 victory over the Battle River Bandits. Jack Albrecht helped things out with an RBI double to get the offense going in the fifth inning.

Those games were both on Saturday. Sunday’s contest was with the Sylvan Lake Mariners, played partly in light rain. Uneeb Khan was on the mound to start and got the win in a 15 – 3 game.

Coach Campbell says Aiden Blocka had two hits and Harley Andrews hit a double in the victory.

“The guys played some really good ball on Sunday,” he says. “We made a few too many errors Saturday, so it was nice to see us tighten things up on Sunday.”

The Heat play in Sylvan Lake this weekend.

Mosquito

The Mosquito Heat started things off Saturday morning with a game against the High Prairie Rebels. High Prairie won by a score of 9 – 6. Pitching duties were shared by Evander Pawliw, Aiden Noskey, Damian Hill and Nico Diaz.

“Tough game for the team,” says head coach Kevin Campbell (yes, the same guy). “We weren’t quite ready to play.”

The big bounce-back happened in Game 2, which was a 17 – 6 victory for the Heat over St. Albert Cardinals. Colby Campbell and Aiden Noskey took care of the pitching. Lucas Diaz, Owen Griffith and Conner McDermott hit well, says Campbell.

“Grayson Conrad was a home run away from the cycle in this game,” Campbell adds.

Game 3 on Sunday went back and forth, with Slave Lake coming out on top with a 12 – 8 win over the Southwest Edmonton White Sox. Damian Hill and Nico Diaz shared pitching duties. Grady Beauchamp went three-for-three at the plate and Nathan Ghostkeeper knocked in a few as well.

The Mosquito Heat are in action this weekend in St. Albert.

Nico Diaz of the Slave Lake Mosquito Heat puts everything he’s got into a pitch in a game against High Prairie.
Midget Heat pitcher Kyle Campbell winds up in a Saturday game gainst St. Albert at Charity Park in Slave Lake.

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