Dirt Bags win third straight men’s league title

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

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.”

Champs again

The Slave Lake Dirt Bags with their league championship trophy on Aug. 7. Back row, left to right are Luke McAulay, Tyler Busk, coach (and occasional player) Leard Robertson, Adam MacKenzie, Austin Kuhn, Craig Dombrosky. Front row: Cody Stasow, Danny Schanzenbacher, Robb David, Brayden Stasow, Carter Kuhn.

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