By Cole Parkinson
The Vauxhall Academy of Baseball Jets were back in Lethbridge this past weekend for three games against the Prairie Baseball Academy. After capturing the Keith Jorgensen Memorial Tournament the prior weekend, the Jets found themselves back on the road Saturday and Sunday for another handful of games against their southern Alberta rivals as the fall baseball season continued.
Game 1 saw the Jets play their most complete game of the season so far as they walked away with a 4-2 win. Jack Baxter and Drew Lenehan were on the mound for the Jets while Cardel Dick picked up three hits in three plate appearances, Kyle Yip went 2-3 with a home run, and Seth Christie, Alexandre Laurence, and Ty Clemett had one hit each.
“I thought it was a good weekend. In the first ballgame, we pitched really well and our offence faced a couple of good arms from PBA that pitched in the WCBL (Western Canadian Baseball League), so we had some challenges there. I thought our offence did a nice job and we pitched really well in a 4-2 game. It was somewhat of a complete game, for sure,” said Les McTavish, head coach of the Jets.
Game 2 saw the teams battle back and forth with tons of scoring. Despite some late scoring by both sides, neither was able to find a winning run as the game ended in an 8-8 tie. Brett Getz and Jacob Burgess battled on the mound while the offence saw contributions from Dick (2-4 with two doubles), Brennan McTavish (2-3, RBI), Colin Fisher (2-4, HR), and Clemett (2-3, two RBI). Raphael Ranger, Luke Wheatley, and Eric Reiling also all had a hit in the game.
“The next game, the tie, it was a seesaw affair and we scored late to tie it up and then scored late to take a lead, but they got another one to tie it up,” added McTavish.
In the final game of the weekend, the Jets’ offence completely took over as they put 14 on the board en route to a 14-6 victory. Parker Austin, Keegan McNeil, Patrick MacInnis, and Wheatley all got some work on the mound during the game. Yip had a huge day going 4-6 with three doubles, while Dick was no slouch either going 4-5. Karsen Haney and Fisher each had a multi-hit game while Ranger, Christie, Clemett, and McTavish also had a hit.
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