By Cole Parkinson
For the first time in two years, the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball Jets loaded up into a charter bus and went south for a road trip.
In the first weekend of action, the Jets matched up against Twin Falls High School for a doubleheader and then finished with a game in Salt Lake City against Skyline High School.
“We played pretty well in the first game in Twins Fall — we beat them 13-2. Played pretty well and we were happy with the overall performance, and we played well in all facets. They walked several guys, so that gave us some help,” said Les McTavish, Jets head coach.
The Jets saw Demitri Shakotko go 2-4 with a double and a pair of RBI, Cardel Dick had a 2-3 game with a triple and two RBI, and Jack Wheatley was perfect going 2-2 with a home run and three RBI. The Jets sent Kaleb Andersen, David Stewart, and Drew Lenehan to the mound.
Game 2 saw the Jets surrender an early lead, but they would bounce back and win it in extra innings 7-4.
“We got better and they bunted a lot and stealing, and all of that stuff. It was nice and refreshing to have some quality competition,” added McTavish.
The Jets would see five pitchers on the bump in the game including Anson McGorman, Mason DeRuyck, Parker Austin, Matt MacKenzie, and Keegan McNeil. At the dish, Kyle Yip had a double, Jared Bendfeld had a double and two RBI, Brennan McTavish had two RBI, Colin Fisher had a double and an RBI, and Raphael Ranger also had a double.
After a stop in Idaho, the bus continued towards Salt Lake City where the Jets hit the field to take on Skyline High School. Like the last game against Twin Falls, the Jets saw lots of early runs before the opposing team started clawing their way back into the game.
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