By Cole Parkinson
The Vauxhall Academy of Baseball Jets were happy to be back in Vauxhall this past weekend as they played their first home games of the fall at Jets Stadium. With a beautiful autumn weekend in southern Alberta, the Jets welcomed in the Calgary Bucks on Saturday afternoon and then departed to Calgary the following day for another doubleheader against the Bucks.
While the Jets saw plenty of home cooking, the games in Calgary were a lot more challenging for VAB.
“It was a tale of two stories this weekend. On Saturday, we played at home and played exceptionally well. We pitched the ball well, we swung the bats really well, and we won both games — the second game was 7-2 and the first we won 17-4. We hit a whole bunch of home runs and we threw a ton of strikes. It was great to be home, it was a beautiful day, and it’s funny, Jets Stadium has a unique and cool high school baseball atmosphere. It was nice to be back in that and we had a good day,” said Les McTavish, head coach of the Jets. “We went up to Calgary on Sunday and it was kind of opposite. We had a 6-1 lead in the first game against the Bucks and they picked away. We stopped playing defence and we didn’t play good defence all around. We stopped throwing strikes and we got walked off 7-6. The following game, we came out and weren’t ready to play and they played really well. They beat us 13-5, so it was a tale of two stories. We took it to them pretty good on Saturday in both games and then blew that first game on Sunday and then they took it to us on the second game. It was one of those weekends, but you live and learn and we’re back at the drawing board figuring out what we did wrong and trying to improve on it for this week.”
In Game 1, the Jets saw Brett Getz and Keegan McNeil on the mound while Cardel Dick, Brennan McTavish, Colin Fisher, and Kyle Yip each hit a home run. Dick had three hits in the game, while Fisher and Alex Laurence had four hits each. Seth Christie and Raphael Ranger had a pair of hits in the win.
In Game 2, Drew Lenehan and Jacob Burgess got the ball for the Jets. Offence came from Eric Reiling with three hits, Yip, Fisher, and Christie had two hits, and Dick hit another homer.
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