The Slave Lake Mosquito Heat won gold on Saturday at the Pembina League Championship in Boyle.
In Game 1 the Heat played Barrhead 2 and came up with a 10-8 victory. Carson Maitland, Jace Broadhead and Nico Diaz shared the pitching duties. Jerzie Green had the play of the game, throwing out a Barrhead runner at second base from centre field.
In Game 2 Grady Beauchamp, Jace Broadhead and Colby Campbell shared the pitching duties in another close game, defeating Barrhead 3 7-5. Creig Gelech and Oliver Horsman were both very strong defensively for the Heat. Dane Dierker went 2-3 at the plate.
Game 3 was a pitchers’ duel, with the Heat coming out on top with a 4-3 victory. Grayson Conrad had the hit of the game against a very good pitcher, driving in two runs. Liam Dierker was solid on the mound for the Slave Lakers.
The championship game was a nail-biter, with the game being tied 1-1 through four innings. The Heat bats came to life in the 5th with Liam Dierker and Jace Broadhead both hitting inside the park home runs to help the Heat take the 8-1 victory. Dierker, Carson Maitland, Grady Beauchamp, Colby Campbell and Nico Diaz shared the pitching duties.
The kids really had a lot of fun playing in close games. There were 11 teams participating in the tournament, so it was quite the accomplishment to win gold for this group.
Next up for the team will be the start of ‘A’ Provincials in early July.
Midget Heat go 2 – 1
Slave Lake’s Midget Heat boys’ baseball team had another successful weekend. They won two and lost one, playing in High Prairie instead of Slave Lake. The Heat were due to host, but heavy rain earlier in the week forced the alternate location.
Game one was against a tough St. Albert team and ended in a 7 – 6 loss for the Heat in extra innings. The Heat got off to a rocky start, giving up four runs in the first inning.
“We clawed back to tie it at six in the seventh,” says head coach Dave LaFrance, “only to lose it in the eighth.”
Game 2 was against the Edmonton Padres, a high-scoring affair. Parker Hay and Will Chemago pitched for the Heat in a 13 – 9 win.
“We could have been tighter on defence,” says LaFrance. “But our offence more than made up for it.”
Aaron Kuhn hit two triples.
The third game, against host High Prairie, was similar to the previous game – lots of runs, with Slave Lake getting more of them. Uneeb Khan and Chase Nehring handled the pitching in this one. Defence could have been better, but a highlight was a great running catch in centre field by Harley Andrews. Carson Masur had a good day at the plate.
“What’s next? We don’t know,” says LaFrance. “Some rest for the arms and chance to work on hitting and defence, of course.”
Kneeling: Nico Diaz, Creig Gelech, Grady Beauchamp, Grayson Conrad, Oliver Horsman, Dane Dierker. Standing: Colby Campbell, Jace Broadhead, Carson Maitland, Liam Dierker, Jerzie Green. Coaches: Campbell, Beauchamp, Dierker.