Canucks fall in pro­vin­cial semi­fi­nal

Top-four fin­ish at fi­nal tour­na­ment a pos­i­tive re­sult for Midget AA squad

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - SPORTS - RANDY PALMER

The Moose Jaw Canucks didn’t quite have things go the way they wanted at the Sask. Base­ball Midget AA pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships in Swift Cur­rent this past weekend, but that did lit­tle to tar­nish a ban­ner sea­son.

The Canucks opened the event with an 8-1win over the Regina Buf­faloes be­fore fall­ing 9-5 to the Mid­west and clos­ing out the round robin with a 12-3 win over the Swift Cur­rent 57s. Their 2-1 record was good enough for sec­ond place in their pool and a spot in the semi­fi­nal, where they dropped a 12-2 de­ci­sion to Lloy­d­min­ster.

“There’s noth­ing to cry about given our per­for­mance, our goal at provin­cials was to play on Sun­day and we made the fi­nal four and played on Sun­day, so we were pretty happy with that,” said Canucks coach John Eberl. “Given the AAA drop downs and a cou­ple teams we hadn’t seen min­i­mally this year, it was a tough tour­na­ment.”

Provin­cials capped a wildly im­pres­sive sea­son for the lo­cal squad, as they posted a string dom­i­nant vic­to­ries and come-from-be­hind wins while fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the Sask. Premier Base­ball League Midget AA league.

They went on to cap­ture the league ti­tle dur­ing the June 19 weekend at Ross Wells Park.

“I be­lieve we were over 30 wins against

six losses, to­tal.” Eberl said. “Some of the wins were big come­backs and we said early on that this team would never out of a game with our abil­ity to score runs and that was the truth.

gear­ing pitch­ers,a chip“By the on up theirend theirto playof best shoul­derthe us, play­ers sea­son,we saw be­cause­and teams their they werethey best had knewIt all how made good for of a a team mem­o­rablewe were.” campaign, one that will bring pos­i­tive mem­o­ries for years to come.

“I have noth­ing but good things to say about the 13 play­ers and two coaches I worked with this year, it was a great team to be a part of and we had a fan­tas­tic sea­son,” Eberl said.

There’s noth­ing to cry about given our per­for­mance, our goal at provin­cials was to play on Sun­day and we made the fi­nal four and played on Sun­day, so we were pretty happy with that. John Eberl, Canucks coach

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