By Greg Price
Now fully taking off in its second decade of existence on the baseball runway, the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball Jets have been getting their flight patterns settled to start the season.
The team had some intersquad games to start the month of September off before having its official first game to coincide with Spirit Week last Wednesday, a 6-2 loss to Prairie Baseball Academy.
Ben Erwin started on the mound, going one inning, allowing one hit, two unearned runs and a walk.
Connor Green threw one inning, allowing two hits, two unearned runs with one walk and one strikeout. Adam Macko went two innings, allowing three hits, two runs, two walks and three strikeouts. Garrett Hawkins threw two innings, allowing no hits with one walk and one strikeout. Garrett Nicholson threw one inning, allowing two hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Offensively, the Jets were led by Damiano Palmegiani who was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run. Owen Harms was 2-for-4. Brett Mercier was 2-for-3. Matt Gough was 1-for-2 to round out the offence.
The team then took to the weekend at Jets Stadium and split with PBA on Saturday. Game 1 was a 9-5 loss.
Erwin started on the mound, throwing 3-2/3 innings, allowing three hits, three unearned runs and three strikeouts. Green threw two innings, allowing five hits, with four runs and four walks. Garrett Nicholson threw 1-1/3 innings, allowing one hit, two runs, two strikeouts and three strikeouts. Kaiden Cardoso threw the final inning with a clean box score.
Offensively, the Jets were led by Liam Vulcano who was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a solo home run. Victor Cerny was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Harms was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Game 2 saw the Jets get in the win column with an 8-5 victory.
Wesley Moore started on the mound, going 3-1/3 innings, allowing one hit, three runs with four strikeouts and two walks. Hawkins earned the victory, going 2-2/3 innings, allowing three hits, one unearned run and two strikeouts.
Zach Newman earned the save, going one inning, allowing one hit with one unearned run.
Offensively, the Jets were led by Harms who was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cerny was 1-for-3 with three RBI and a solo HR. Brett Mercier was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The 22-man Jets roster consists of nine returnees and 13 newcomers.
The roster has five student-athletes from British Columbia, seven student-athletes from Alberta, two student-athletes from Saskatchewan, three student-athletes from Manitoba, three student-athletes from New Brunswick and two student-athletes from Nova Scotia.
10th Grade or Sophomores
Chase Florendine, Adam Macko and Dayton Peters
11th Grade or Juniors
Liam Vulcano, Ty Penner, Damiano Palmegiani, Kaiden Cardoso, Cooper Jones, Owen Harms, Jaden Griffin, Josh Tardif, Garrett Hawkins and Matt Gough
12th Grade or Seniors
Connor Green, Matt Rath, Wesley Moore, Garrick Nicholson, Zach Newman, Jared Binsfeld, Victor Cerny, Brett Mercier and Ben Erwin.