Thursday November 20, 2014

Twins stage late rally to win season opener


It was an ugly way to win a baseball game, but the Southeast Legacy Twins will take it.

The midget AAA team scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to edge the Regina Wolfpack 6-5 in their Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League season opener Wednesday in Regina.

The Twins’ home opener against the Regina Athletics in Estevan on Friday was rained out. It has been rescheduled for June 8.

Twins head coach Tom Copeland said Wednesday’s come-from-behind win was more a factor of mistakes by the Wolfpack, but he was satisfied with his team’s opening game.

“They kind of had the game in hand and they brought in a (pitcher) who was a little lower on their depth chart. I don’t think he threw a breaking pitch. It didn’t take our guys long to figure out he wasn’t throwing any breaking pitches,” said Copeland.

“We had one hit in the seventh, but it was mostly walks and errors. It wasn’t rocket science. We only had two hits in the game.

“The Wolfpack kinda lost it, but our kids know that and a win’s a win and you get them when you can.”
Weyburn product Justin Chuckry was on the hill for the Twins and threw three innings, allowing one hit, striking out one and walking one.

Rookie hurler James Giroux came on in the fourth and got knocked around a bit, allowing five runs in that inning, although only two were earned. Giroux went three and a third, giving up six hits while striking out two and walking one.

Nate Koszman came on with one out in the seventh to close the game.

“Generally the pitching (in the league) seems to come out of the gate the strongest and we were the same,” said Copeland.

The Twins dressed an infield full of rookies and the team made a few errors, but Copeland said the blame wasn’t all on the infield.

The Twins did get an out at the plate in the bottom of the seventh to stop the Wolfpack from tying the game.

At the plate, the Twins managed only two hits all game, courtesy of Jolan Lingelbach and Carver Krafchuk, and Copeland acknowledged it’s something that can take awhile to come around.

“We didn’t hit the ball quite as well as we wanted to, but it’s the first game,” he said.

“They’re a good club. Their starter pitched very, very well. They’re going to be a tough team to beat, so we’ll take the two points.”

He added that despite the collapse by the Wolfpack, the Twins didn’t give up and managed to remain within striking distance going into the seventh.

“As much as they did lose, we didn’t stop. We kept playing and got the job done. Our guys did what it took to stay in there.

“It was really one inning that hurt us. It was a collection of errors. It’s about our kids learning that walks and errors will kill you. Our kids have to understand that three-up, three-down innings are normal in this league.”

Kade Erickson and Tyson Blaschke led the Wolfpack with two hits apiece.

The Twins will be busy this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders. They host the Swift Current Indians on Saturday in Weyburn and travel to Saskatoon on Sunday for two games against the Cubs.



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