The Vauxhall Academy of Baseball Jets secured a tournament victory in Lethbridge over the weekend.
“It was a good weekend. We didn’t allow a run until the fourth game of the tournament,” said Jets head coach Les McTavish. “That certainly helps when you’re throwing strikes and pitching well on the mound. We played solid defense, and our hitting is starting to come around pretty well. It was a weekend we’ve been waiting for, for a while to be honest. The guys played well, it was great weather, there was some good crowds. Anytime you can hold opponents to three runs total in five games, and in the final we put up 17 hits.”
On Saturday, the Jets started both games slow before scoring in the middle frames to win 6-0 over U of C Jr. Dino’s and 5-0 over Trail, BC.
Bryce Fraser started game 1 going 7 innings allowing 1 hit with 12 K’s and 0 BB’s to earn a very impressive victory. Fraser was named game MVP.
Offensively, the Jets were led by Shawn Grandmont who was 1 for 3. Jordan Dray was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Brett Resch was 1 for 4 with an RBI. Jared Binsfeld was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI to round out the offense.
Game 2 saw the Jets win 5-0 with Brandon Hatley starting on the mound going 5 innings allowing 1 hit, 2 BB’s with 8 K’s. Connor Green finished things off going 2 inning allowing 1 hit with 3 K’s and 0 BB’s. Offensively, the Jets were led by Jared Binsfeld who was 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Shawn Grandmont was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Ben Erwin was 1 for 1 with an RBI. Tyler Wood was 1 for 2 with an RBI. Liam Vulcano was 1 for 3, David Richards was 1 for 3 with an RBI and Matt Rath rounded out the offense with a solid game going 3 for 3.
On Sunday versus Saskatoon, the game was tight until the 6th inning with a 3-0 score when the Jets scored 4 runs in the 6th and 4 runs in the 7th.
Wesley Moore was dominate on the mound going 6 innings allowing 2 hits with 8 K’s and 1 BB. KJ Moreno was very good in his inning of work going 1 inning with 1 K.
Offensively, the Jets were led by Jordan Malainey who was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Brett Resch was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Jordan Dray was 3 for 5. Damiano Palmegiani was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. Jared Binsfeld was 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Matt Rath was 1 for 3 to round out the offense.
The Jets started the final day of the tournament vs Calgary Rockies in a big way with an 8-2 victory and continued to stay hot with a 9-1 victory in the final over the PBA JV.
Game 1 saw Josh Burgmann start and was dominate going 5 2/3 innings allowing 2 hits, 1 run with 2 BB’s and 11 K’s. Garrett Nicholson threw 2/3 of an inning allowing 1 run with 3 BB’s and 1 K. David Richards finished things off going 2/3 of an inning allowing 1 hit with 2 BB’s and 1 K. Offensively, the Jets were led by Jordan Dray who was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Brett Resch was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Tyler Wood was 1 for 2. Jared Binsfeld was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Matt Rath rounded out the offense going 1 for 3.
The Championship saw the Jets play against the PBA JV with the Jets coming out on top with a 9-1 victory. Carsen Perkins had a great start going 5 innings allowing 4 hits with 0 BB’s and 4 K’s. Jalen Lane threw 1 inning allowing 2 BB’s with run allowed. Ben Erwin finished things off throwing 1 inning allowing 2 hits with 1 K.
Offensively, the Jets had a big day pounding out 17 hits with every player in the starting 9 registering a hit. Jordan Malainey was 1 for 5. Shawn Grandmont was 2 for 5 with an RBI. Jordan Dray was 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Brett Resch was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Damiano Palmegiani was 1 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Tyler Wood was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. Jared Binsfeld was 1 for 4. Liam Vulcano was 2 for 4. Matt Rath rounded out the offense going 2 for 4 with an RBI.
This weekend, the Jets take on the Great Falls Chargers in doubleheader action at Jets Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the Lethbridge Elks at Jets Stadium at noon on Sunday.
“We play four games at home this weekend. It’s graduation weekend, so there’s usually lots of people, and it’s exciting for our Grade 12s.”
The team’s overall record is now 21-11 on the season.