By Cole Parkinson
This past weekend saw the final games of 2022 for the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball Jets. With home games on Saturday and games in Calgary on Sunday, the Jets saw competition against the University of Calgary Dinos and the Badlands Academy.
In the first game of the weekend, the Jets saw a great offensive performance backed by strong pitching as they took a 10-4 win over the Dinos. Keegan McNeil went four innings giving up no earned runs and striking out seven while Parker Austin went the rest of the way with three innings, no earned runs, and four strikeouts. Offensively, Kyle Yip went 3-3 with three RBI, Cardel Dick hit a solo homer, Brennan McTavish was 1-3 with an RBI, Colin Fisher had a hit and an RBI, and Karsen Haney went 2-2.
In the second game at home, the Jets’ offensive continued to mash as they posted a 15-2 win over Badlands Academy. Jacob Burgess got the ball for VAB and was stellar going six innings, giving up no runs, and striking out four. Seth Christie finished the game on the mound. It was a big day for the Jets lineup as Dick was 3-5 with another home run, a double, and two RBI, McTavish was 4-4 with a two-run home run, double, and five RBI, and Fisher was 2-4 with a double. Christie was 3-4 with a double and three RBI, Alex Laurence had a double, and Clemett went 1-4.
On Sunday, the Jets hit the road to Calgary as they took on the same two teams. The Dinos were up first, and the Jets saw another complete performance as they took another win, this time 7-1. Brett Getz was the starter for VAB and the pitcher went five innings with zero earned runs and eight strikeouts. Hudson Kozicki got the final two innings in relief and had a strikeout. VAB hitters continued to hit the ball well as Dick went 2-2, McTavish was 3-4, Jack Wheatley was 2-3 with a double and RBI, and Laurence, Clemett, and Eric Reiling all had a hit in the win.
The Jets ran out of steam in the fourth game as Badlands would cruise to a 13-0 win. The Jets had five hits in the loss as Dick and Yip each had a double while Laurence, Reiling, and Christie all had one hit.
“We played pretty well and then the last game we just didn’t throw strikes. But overall, it was a good weekend,” explained Les McTavish, head coach of the Jets.
With the fall season now over, the coaching staff was happy with how the team performed over the last several weeks. There were tons of good games and a handful of not-so-good games, but that’s to be expected in the fall as players try to get in the groove of baseball activities.
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