Sox shut down visitors in double-header

Mill Town White Sox player Quincy Winkler pitched the opening game between his squad and the Midwest Expos from Lloydminster in a double header played at Assman Field Saturday afternoon. Meadow Lake was victorious in both games, 6-0 and 4-0 respectively.

Mill Town White Sox player Quincy Winkler pitched the opening game between his squad and the Midwest Expos from Lloydminster in a double header played at Assman Field Saturday afternoon. Meadow Lake was victorious in both games, 6-0 and 4-0 respectively.

by Phil Ambroziak

Their game on Sunday against the Wilkie Brewers may have been rained out, but the Mill Town White Sox of the North Saskatchewan River Baseball League are still happy with how this past weekend turned out.

Sunday’s game was scheduled to take place in Wilkie, but one day earlier the Sox hosted the Midwest Expos from Lloydminster at Assman Field in Lions Park where they came out on top with back-to-back wins of 6-0 and 4-0 respectively.

“These were huge games for us because it was the last double-header we had scheduled against these guys and, as another team in our division, the more victories we can get over them will help our chances when it comes to qualifying for playoffs,” explained Sox player and team manager Kevin Gerwing.

In the opening game, pitcher Quincy Winkler gave a tremendous showing, allowing only one hit throughout the entire contest.

“Craig Weran pitched for us in the second game, and he did an excellent job as well,” Gerwing noted. “We were great on defence all weekend too, but where we really need to pick up on is our hitting. Other than that, we played good, solid games throughout.”

As for Meadow Lake’s efforts offensively, Gerwing reiterated the need for adequate practice time if things are going to improve before the end of the season.

“One thing that’s missing is our timing at the plate and that has to do with the lack of batting practice we’ve had this year,” he said.

Traditionally, the Sox use Assman Field (also known as Diamond #1) for games and practices. This year, however, the city also booked some minor baseball games, as well as slo-pitch games on the same diamond. This has limited the NSRBL squad’s practice time and, according to Gerwing, the diamond has become damaged in places because of the slo-pitch league’s insistence on moving bases and running on the infield grass.

“We need to practice on this diamond because it’s the proper dimensions – if we use the smaller diamonds, we’d constantly be hitting the balls out of the park and it wouldn’t be the same as it is on game days,” Gerwing said.

Meanwhile, the NSRBL regular season is expected to wrap up in mid-July with playoffs beginning immediately thereafter. As for the Wilkie game that was rained out, Gerwing said it has yet to be rescheduled.

“We’re in discussions with Wilkie and the league, but a new date hasn’t been chosen yet,” he said.

Currently, Meadow Lake is second in its division with a 4-2 record. They trail the Border City Blue Jays who are 6-1, but are ahead of the Lloydminster Twins (3-4) and Midwest Expos (1-6).

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