Wilkie Brewers pour on the Meadow Lake Sox

Seventeen-year-old Brett Daigneault grounds out to first, spurring the Sox runner to second base.

By Ben Ingram

The Meadow Lake Senior Sox were able to defeat the weather on Sunday, but the third-place Wilkie Brewers were too hot to handle.

The June 5 home game opened to ominous grey skies and after only two innings, the Sox trailing 1-0, it began to pour rain.

After waiting out the downpour, the game resumed again and the Sox ultimately fell 9-1, the Brewers claiming their fourth victory in a row.

“They’re a really strong team, probably the best team I’ve played,” said 17-year-old Brett Daigneault after the game.

While the Sox have fallen a combined 20-2 in their last two games, there were glimmers of hope on Sunday for a team that appeared more poised and ready to face the competition.

The team held a practise on Wednesday to address their issues in the outfield, where they were giving up several errors and having difficulty putting pressure on the other team’s offence.

“Worked on the batting, a lot of defence,” Daigneault said. “We had a lot of fundamental mistakes in our first game.”

Those difficulties were but a distant memory Sunday, but the Sox came to blows with the red-hot offence of the Brewers, a team that now sits third place in the North Saskatchewan River Baseball League standings.

The young Daigneault played a well-rounded game for Meadow Lake, pitching for three innings and having a strong showing at bat.

One highlight was Kevin Gerwing, who managed to turn a single basehit into a triple following a series of Brewer errors in the outfield.

Unfortunately Gerwing would be stranded at third when the next batter quickly fell to end the inning.

The Sox play again tomorrow at Lion’s Park against the Border City Blue Jays, a team that sits in mid-league position with a .500 average.

First pitch is 6:30 p.m.

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