The Slave Lake Junior Heat baseball team improved to 7 and 5 on Sunday, with two wins over visiting Calgary North.
The first game was close – won 4 – 3 by the Heat in a seventh – inning comeback. The second ended early when the mercy rule kicked into effect. This was after the Slave Lake batters laid the lumber on the leather for 13 runs through 4 ½.
In the first game, Calgary got off to a fine start with three runs right off the bat. Not another run was scored by either team for five full innings, but the Heat exploded for four in the sixth and that was the end of that.
Ian Pollard got the win in relief and also drove in two with a double.
Coach Cody Stasow says the Heat didn’t play well in the first game but played “`100 per cent better,” in the second. Cole Cooper and Brayden Stasow shared pitching duties.
The previous weekend, the Heat hosted the Fort Saskatchewan Red Sox and won both games by three runs.
The battery of Randall Weber on the mound and catcher Brayden Stasow had a lot to do with the victory. Coach Stasow says Weber pitched the full seven innings and Brayden threw out a couple of Sox runners at second base. The final score was 5 – 2 for Slave Lake.
In the second game, Ian Pollard and Cole Cooper “pitched very well on the mound,” Stasow says, and “Nick Mulich and Cole Stasow both had good games at the plate, collecting a couple hits each.”
The final score was 7 – 4 for the Heat.
On July 2, the Heat tangle with a tough St. Albert team in St. Albert in a Sunday double-header.