By Cole Parkinson
While the weather may be cooling down, the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball Jets are just starting to heat up.
With four games on the schedule last week, the Jets welcomed in a team from Ottawa — the Capital City Reds.
In the first game, the Jets’ bats did all the heavy lifting as they put up a crooked number of 18-1.
Brett Getz started on the mound going four innings allowing a single hit and a walk while also striking out four.
Keegan McNeil threw a pair of innings with one walk and three K’s, while Demitri Shakotko finished things off with a clean inning of work.
Offensively, the Jets were led by Cardel Dick who went 1-3 with a double and two RBI.
The rest of the offence was just as productive though as Jack Wheatley had a double, Kyle Yip was 1-3 with three RBI, Kayden Hleucka was 2-2 with a double and four RBI, Jared Bendfeld was 1-3 with an RBI, Adam Vulcano was perfect going 3-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, Brennan McTavish had a double and an RBI, while Riley Pearce and Carson Boyko each had one hit.
The bats didn’t depart after the first game either, as the Jets put up another 15 runs in Game 2 against the Reds in a 15-6 win.
Karter Andersen started on the mound going four innings allowing four hits, three runs, and three punchouts.
Mason De Ruyck threw three innings allowing a single hit, one earned run with four walks and two strikeouts.
In the box, Shakotko was 2-4 with a double, Dick had a double and an RBI, Vulcano was 1-3 with an RBI, Colin Fisher was 2-2 with two RBI, Pearce was 2-3 with four RBI, McNeil was 1-4 with three RBI, while Boyko had a hit and two RBI.
After two straight huge offensive performances, the Jets continued to put massive numbers on the board.
In a matchup against the Badlands Baseball Academy on Sunday morning, they walked away with a 20-7 win.
Garrett Smith started on the mound going three innings, allowing five hits, two earned runs with three walks and three K’s.
Shakotko went the final three innings and posted three strikeouts.
The Jets lineup continued to be a Murderers’ Row and they saw contributions from Shakotko who was 2-5 with two home runs and six RBI, Yip was 2-3 with a double, Dick was 3-3 with an RBI, Vulcano was 2-2 with a double, a home run and three RBI, McNeil was 2-2 with a home run and four RBI, McTavish was 1-3 with an RBI, and Ty Clemett was 2-4 with an RBI.
In the final game of the week, the offence continued putting up big numbers, but unfortunately, the University of Calgary also put forth a great performance as they handed the Jets an 18-11 loss.
David Stewart, Getz, McNeil and Pearce all battled in tough conditions on the mound.
Offensively, the Jets saw Shakotko his home run streak continue as he hit a big fly and a double, Yip was 2-4 with a double and RBI, and Dick hit a home run and had two RBI.
Vulcano was 2-3 with a home run and an RBI, Bendfeld was 1-4 with an RBI, Fisher was 3-4 with a home run and three RBI, McNeil was 2-3 with two RBI, and McTavish had one hit to round out the offence.