Meadow Lake Sr. Sox lose one, win one

Davin Hildebrand (right), of the Meadow Lake Sr. Sox, kept his eye on the ball as umpire Bruno Kossmann and Lloydminster Jr. Redhawks catcher Cole Kustaski looked on during the local team’s North Saskatchewan River Baseball League (NSRBL) season opener May 26 at Lions Regional Park. The Sox were defeated 4-1 by Lloydminster, but would come back in game two of the Saturday double-header to defeat the Standard Hill Lakers 15-5.

by Phil Ambroziak

The North Saskatchewan River Baseball League’s 2012 season is in full swing, and the Meadow Lake Sr. Sox kicked things off with a win and a loss after hosting a double-header May 26 at Lions Regional Park.

“These are our first games of the season, as our game last week (against the Midwest Expos from Lloydminster) was rained out,” explained Sox player and team manager Regan Beck.

In spite of having the home-field advantage, however, the Sox were denied victory in their opening game, losing to the Lloydminster Jr. Redhawks 4-1. The lone Sox run was scored by Brett Mitchelmore off a drive by Davin Hildebrand.

“We looked a little rough out there,” Beck said following the loss. “We struggled at bat and on the field, and they had a really good kid throwing for them. They played very well and definitely earned the win.”

Beck went on to express how important it is for his team to “start hitting the ball.”

“With only one run, you can’t win the game,” he said. “We put very little pressure on their defence, but it’s an early game. Sometimes it takes a little longer to get back into it.”

Lloydminster coach Jeff Latish said, overall, his team played well considering it was still early in the season.

“Our guys played a solid game throughout,” he said. “We didn’t get as many hits as I would have liked, but overall, we played pretty well. We didn’t really make many defensive mistakes, and we had quite a few good rounds.”

The Sox would pull up their socks come the second game of the afternoon, downing the Standard Hill Lakers 15-5.

“Things were a little tight at the beginning – we were even down 4-1 at one point,” Beck continued. “Then, Kevin Gerwing hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning, which calmed us down a bit. Quincy (Winkler) also hit a home run early in the game, which helped.”

Beck also credited Standard Hill’s decision to switch pitchers throughout the game as a reason for the home team’s ability to score additional runs.

Standard Hill coach Garry Pauls, meanwhile, said his team played well throughout the course of the game.

“The start was pretty good, as we hit about three-and-a-half of our innings pretty well,” he said. “It’s the first game of the season for us – about half the team is new.”

The Sox are scheduled to face the Lakers again tomorrow (May 30) in Standard Hill.

“We’re back in Meadow Lake on Sunday (June 3), hosting the Lloydminster Twins who are the three-time defending league champs,” Beck said.

“They’re always a challenge, so hopefully we can give them a good game.”

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