Rookies come through in Elk Point

Tales from the Doug Out: June 13th, 2017

This is the stuff fairy tales are made of and I just love it when this happens! Here’s two kids that never played organized ball before this year coming through in the crunch to be the team heroes.
This past Wednesday night the Bantam Sox were down by two runs in their final at bat, and with two runners on and two out and with two strikes on the batter, when none other than the first year Zach “Clear the Track” Tchir cranks the ball up the middle through the gap; scoring two runs to tie the game.
Next up the other first year player on this team Colton “Colt 45” Van Maarion with the same count, two strikes, a runner on base, and the game tied. He pulls the trigger driving one through the gap on the right side to score Zach and win the game. And the team goes bezerk!! Love it!!
Colton “Big Mac” McLean on the mound for his first time this year pitched the last two innings keeping the game close. He also hit a big double earlier in the game.
The same night up in Bonnyville the Peewee girls had a great night too. Sadie Baker getting the starting assignment pitching. She did amazing for two innings, bringing in Mykaela Verenka. Mykaela pitched next and kept the momentum going, bringing in the Paige Skarsen who closed out the game, with the help of her infield and outfieders of course; including Sadie Baker who caught a tough pop fly in center field for the final out,  the Puma’s winning 17 to 15 .
And on the same night our Squirt girls also played up in Bonnyville pounding them 18 to 6 after 4 innings. On Thursday night they traveled to Myrnam winning that one 22 to 17 . These young Pumas are starting to look unstoppable, and half the team is still only first year players.
A pretty nasty start to the weekend, with wind and rain , but that didn’t deters our peewee AA team the North Stars who won all three game this past weekend in provincial play in Millwoods.  Jaden “Jetstream” Van Maarion getting the call to start the first game against the South West Sox, going four strong innings striking out four batters. Andon “Ace” Ballas came in and close out the game in the 5th inning and didn’t allowing a run the North Stars winning 18 to 2 after 5 innings. The boys really pounding the ball, five home runs out of the park.
Sunday morning they played some awesome defense against the Edmonton Angels winning again this one 11 to 1. Sunday afternoon against the St. Albert Cardinals, “Mic Jager” Fontaine was up on the hill, struggled a little at first but put it together and chucked three strong innings. Kobe “the Cobra” Warawa on second base coming up with some huge defensive plays the final 14 to 10 for the North Stars.

Back here at home on Saturday morning it was just as miserable and because of the heavy rain the night before, head coach of the newly formed Mosquito AA team, Dennell Anderson, needed to postpone the first game scheduled for 9:00 am, until noon to allow for the wind and sun, floor dry and lots of ground work by herself to dry the diamond.

The AA Mosquitoes team had just entered in to provincials for the June start, and were asked to host the first weekend of round robin. Usually its not a problem, but for an inch and half of rain over 24 hours.  Vaughn “the Vulture” Ockerman with a triple and a single in their first game against Sherwood Park, the Sox losing this one .
Their second game the Sox coming up with a huge win 19 to 1 win over Camrose.  The Vulture with ten Ks in four innings pitched. Game three the Sox losing to Leduc. Kaleb Flamand with two singles in this one, his brother Madden “Mad Dog” Flamand, Janka Evans Anderson and brother Raif “Rug Rat” Evans Anderson sharing the pitching duties.
The weather was not much better down in Heisler when our Bantam AA provincial team traveled there on Saturday and the results were not great either. The boys bats were cold & wet and just didn’t produce a whole lot of runs. The Sox losing to the host 15 to 4 and to Stettler 14 to 7.
And now for the K.A. Campbell quote of the week‘There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to achieve it. ‘ – Napoleon Hill