Midgets start second round with two wins, one loss

Heat host games this weekend

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

The Midget Heat boys’ baseball team of Slave Lake managed to get all three games in at High Prairie on the weekend, going 2 – 1. Wins were over High Prairie and Edmonton Angels; loss was to Sherwood Park.

The opener was an 11 – 3 shutout of the host team. Uneeb Khan pitched the five-inning shutout. Will Chemago threw out “about” four base-stealers, says head coach Dave LaFrance. Aiden Blocka, Matt LaFrance and Chemgo all got opposite field hits, that set the tone. Kyle Campbell also hit well.

Sherwood Park beat the Heat 6 – 1 in the second game, hitting and base-running very well. Matt LaFrance took the loss. Hitting for the Heat cooled off against a good pitcher, who mixed his locations and pitches well. LaFrance knocked in the only Slave Lake run. Chase Nehring and Parker Hay pitched in relief.

Game 3 saw the Slave Lake bats come back to life. In combination with a strong outing on the mound by Parker Hay, the Heat won 9 – 3 over the Angels of Edmonton. The fifth inning was big; all nine Heat players batted and scored seven times. Hay helped his cause by scoring three runs. Chemago mopped up on the mound.

“All in all a great weekend for us,” says LaFrance. “Solid pitching for the ones that got the opportunity.”

Next up: hosting in Slave Lake this Saturday and Sunday. Teams TBA. Work on hitting and fielding continues for the Heat in practice this week, says the coach.

Pee Wee ball

Blake Bellerose of the Slave Lake Pee Wee Heat hurls one in there against Barrhead in a Pembina League game on June 6.

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