Slave Lake lands baseball provincials

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake will host the Midget ‘AA’ Tier 4 provincial baseball championship tournament on the last weekend of this month.

That good news came in just recently from Midget Heat coach Kevin Campbell.

The tournament runs July 26 – 28, Campbell says, and includes teams from Battle River, St. Albert, Team Alberta Women, High Prairie and Sylvan Lake, as well as the host Heat.

Meanwhile, preparatory games continue. The Heat were in Sylvan Lake this past Saturday for a pair of games. Playing the host team in the opener, the Heat pulled off a 15 – 6 victory. Kyle Campbell was the starting pitcher and went five 1/3 innings. Chase Nehring closed it out for the victory.

“The Albrecht brothers (Max and Jack) hit really well for us,” says coach Campbell, “going 5 for 9 at the plate.”

The second game had the Heat up against HP (High Prairie) Sauce, “and we didn’t get the start we wanted,” says Campbell.

That’s putting it mildly, as the Sauce jumped to an 8 – 0 lead. But Slave Lake struck back with three runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth to tie the game. High Prairie went ahead by one, but the Heat scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to win by one run.

Sharing pitching duties in the win were Aiden Blocka and Uneeb Khan.

The Mosquito Heat went 3-0 on the weekend. Game 1 was against the Parkland Twins. Evander Pawliw, Grady Beauchamp and Nico Diaz shared the pitching duties in the 13-5 win. Colby Campbell had an inside-the-park home run and Grayson Conrad went 2/3 to help the Heat for the victory.
Game 2 saw the Heat face the St. Albert Cardinals. Damian Hill and Aidan Noskey had the task of shutting down the Cardinals’ offense on the mound. Connor McDermott, Owen Griffith and Lucas Diaz all had keys hits for the heat.

Game 3 was against the 4 – 1 Leduc Oil Giants. Colby Campbell pitched a complete game shutout as the Heat took the Giants 12-0. Nathan Ghostkeeper went 2/3 and Damian Hill had a three-run inside-the-park home run for the Heat.

“Great weekend of ball for the boys,” says Campbell. “They are heading in the right direction for the provincials this coming weekend.”

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