Sox win first two games of the 2014 NSRBL season

The Meadow Lake Senior Sox won their first two games of the season, but lost 3-1 against the Lloydminster Twins May 31 at Lions Park. The team plays its next home game today (June 2) against Edam. Here, Regan Beck prepares to swing as on-deck batter Quincy Winkler looks on.

The Meadow Lake Senior Sox won their first two games of the season, but lost 3-1 against the Lloydminster Twins May 31 at Lions Park. The team plays its next home game today (June 2) against Edam. Here, Regan Beck prepares to swing as on-deck batter Quincy Winkler looks on.

by Phil Ambroziak

The Meadow Lake Senior Sox came out swinging last week, picking up two straight wins to kick off the 2014 North Saskatchewan River Baseball League (NSRBL) season.

The team’s season opener took place May 28 in North Battleford where Meadow Lake downed the Beavers by a score of 10-6.

“It was an OK game,” noted Sox player and team manager Regan Beck. “It was the first game of the year and it was cold, windy and wet. These conditions affected the performance on both sides, but we were able to capitalize near the end.”

Beck also praised the pitching performance of Jordan Stacey, who pitched a full seven innings. He said Stacey’s contribution, as well as the team’s ability to earn a few runs near the end, helped seal the victory.

Meadow Lake’s winning ways would continue on Saturday when the Sox hosted the Macklin Lakers at Assman Field in Lions Park. The game was the first of a double-header played by the Sox during Minor Ball Day and resulted in the home team defeating their opponents 6-3.

“Macklin is a team that’s just returned to our league this year,” Beck said. “We had another really good pitching performance, this time by Craig Weran. And, even though Macklin was able to get a few runs in the top of the seventh to make the score a little closer, they weren’t a huge threat and I considered the win that day to be a comfortable one. All in all, I was very happy with how that one went.”

The team’s winning streak would end at two, however, when the Sox came up against the reigning league champions, the Lloydminster Twins, later that day. But, according to Beck, it was a close game.

“Pitching for us in that one was Quincy Winkler who dominated the first six innings by striking out 15 of the 18 batters he faced,” he noted. “In the bottom of the sixth we were able to scratch out a run, but they had a very strong pitcher as well and we were struggling a bit at this stage. Then, in the top of the seventh, Quincy hurt his foot and started to have a hard time finding his footing.”

This, Beck said, resulted in little mistakes here and there and Meadow Lake ended up giving up three runs to cement the 3-1 Lloydminster victory.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to claw our way back up,” he added. “But, overall it was an excellent game – it wasn’t bad by any stretch.”

Meadow Lake’s next game is tonight at home against the Edam Blue Sox, another team that’s recently returned to the league. This Thursday, the Sox are on the road to take on the Mervin Flyers.

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