The Slave Lake Dirt Bags retained their Southshore Men’s Baseball League championship last week with a win over the Wabasca Indians. The much-delayed final of the best-of-three series finally happened on Aug. 7 at Charity Park in Slave Lake, in good conditions.
Wabasca had started off the series in good form, winning 8 – 4. The Dirt Bags managed to get to Wabasca for Game 2 in spite of restricted traffic on Hwy. 88 and won 11 – 1. Game 3 was delayed a couple of times, either due to bad weather or blocked roads.
The Indians came to play and got off to a great start when their starting pitcher, Morin ‘Jorge’ Yellowknee, bashed one over the fence with two runners on base for a 4 – 1 lead in the third inning. But the Dirt Bags fought back, and took the lead in the fourth inning on a Robb David bomb that came within inches of clearing the fence. Pitcher Danny Schanzenbacher was solid the rest of the way; he gave up a few hits, but the defense held the Indians to just one more run and the game ended 9 – 5 for Slave Lake.
Dirt Bags’ captain Cody Stasow says special mention is due to first-year Bags David and Tyler Busk. David only started playing the game a couple of years, ago, and Busk even less than that.
“This guy had never played an inning of baseball in his life,” Stasow says. “He has come a long way. Last night, he played a big role, catching two important fly balls to get us out of jams.”