By Greg Price
Vauxhall Academy of Baseball Jets have much to be thankful for this past holiday Thanksgiving weekend.
Most of all is its improved play that saw the Jets beat University of Calgary Dinos 16-4 and 11-0 in a Sunday doubleheader at Jets Stadium.
“Over the last week with last Wednesday against the PBA and then Sunday against the University of Calgary, it’s the best we’ve played all year,” said Les McTavish, head coach of the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball Jets. “We were missing our three national team players, but we ended up taking care of the U of C easily. That’s good considering they were anywhere from three to five years older than us.”
Game 1 saw Bryce Fraser start on the mound, going two innings, allowing two hits and no runs. David Richards threw two innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts. Conner Green threw one inning, allowing three hits, four runs, two walks and one strikeout. Wesley Moore finished things off, going one inning, allowing one hit with one walk and one strikeout.
Offensively, the Jets were led by Brett Resch, who was 3-for-3 with a double. Jordan Dray was 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Tyler Wood was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Victor Cerny was 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBI. Jared Binsfeld was 1-for-2 with a grand slam. Shawn Grandmont rounded out the offence, going 3-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI.
Game 2 saw the Jets shut out the Dinos 11-0. Ben Erwin started on the mound, going two innings, allowing two hits and fanning two. K.J. Moreno threw two innings, allowing two hits. Garrett Nicholson threw one inning, allowing one hit with one walk and two strikeouts. Jalen Lane finished things off, going one inning, allowing one hit with one strikeout. Offensively, the Jets were led by Brett Resch who was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Jordan Malainey was 1-for-3 with a solo home run. Jordan Dray was 1-for-2 with a double. Victor Cerny 1-for-3 with an RBI. Jared Binsfeld 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Damiano Palmegiani was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.
“We came out and played complete baseball which is important. It’s always an interesting concept of what comes first, success or confidence?,” said McTavish. “I believe confidence comes before success. Over the course of this last month we started to develop more confidence as we got used to playing against higher competition. Some of these kids came from bantam baseball which is 54 feet. They have never played at 60 feet, six inches. As confidence comes, success will follow.”
Vauxhall Jets are tentatively trying to arrange a doubleheader against Absolute Baseball Academy from Calgary at Jets Stadium on the weekend.
Check http://www.vauxhallbaseball.com for confirmation.