Both the East Central 18U AAA Red Sox and their 15U AAA counterparts, the Dodgers, met with success at provincial tournaments over the long weekend.
The 18U AAA Red Sox took top honours at the Saskatchewan Selects tournament held in Swift, and they did so in dominating fashion, running the table on their league rivals. The Red Sox opened with a 5-2 win over the Black Gold 47s in their opening on Saturday. Later on Saturday, the Sox posted an 8-2 win over the Sask Five Giants. Four runs in the sixth inning launched the team to a win on the efforts of Cam Marshak and Cade Armstrong.
On Sunday, the Red Sox downed the Regina Wolfpack 7-2, setting them up for a Monday morning semi-final against the South East Twins. Pitchers Marek Yeager for the Sox and Sutter Balog for the Twins duked it out, leaving the score tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Carter Dosch’s sacrifice fly resulted in the walk-off score to send the Sox to the final.
In that final against the Regina Athletics, Joel Bauml led the way for the Red Sox with four runs batted in as the East Central 18U squad captured the championship with a decisive 13-7 win,
Meanwhile, the East Central 15U AAA Dodgers contended against western Canada’s best in the Regina Legasse tournament. Wins over the Regina Wolfpack and the Calgary Bisons Orange launched the Dodgers into a Sunday morning semi-final against the Webber Wildcats. The combo of Jarret Rude, Blake Morelli, Cade Britz and Pryor Dyck contributed with multiple runs including home runs by Morelli in the fourth and fifth innings. Graydn Wilson was the winning pitcher in the 14-4 win.
The Dodgers capped the tournament with a win over the Brandon Marlins. The game was tied 8-8 in the bottom of the seventh when the Dodger’s Dryden Ekstrom singled to score a winning walk-off run.
It was a solid pair of tournament victories for the East Central squad on the Victoria Day weekend. The two teams are back in action this week. The Dodgers are back at home tomorrow for a 6:00 pm matchup against the Saskatoon Brewers at James Korte Field in Muenster.
The Red Sox return to James Korte Field on Thursday as they take on the Sask 5 Giants.