Swift Current trio win silver at 15U Baseball Nationals
Three Swift Current Minor Baseball products won silver with Team Saskatchewan at the Baseball Canada 15U Boys Ray Carter Cup Championships in Oshawa, ON on Sunday.
Brody Alexandre, Ethan Murdoch, and Kelsey Rokochy were all in the line-up as Saskatchewan lost to Ontario 3-2 in extra innings.
Murdoch hit a hard ground ball with the bases loaded that was misplayed by the Ontario shortstop to plate Alexandre for the go-ahead run in the first extra inning. Ontario answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to defeat Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan had scored in the first inning, while Ontario replied in the sixth inning to force extra innings.
Saskatchewan finished the tournament with a 6-1 record with 63 runs scored and only 13 allowed.
Murdoch also doubled during the game as Saskatchewan was held to only five hits. He finished with a .375 average and .476 on base percentage in 21 plate appearances.
Murdoch contributed four runs batted in, scored four runs, and stole two bases.
Rokochy finished with a .267 average and .389 OBP. He had four hits and three walks in 18 plate appearances. Rokochy also stole two bases to go along with three RBI’S, and four runs scored.
Rokochy also pitched three innings, allowing two walks and one run, while striking out six.
Alexandre finished the tournament with three hits, four RBI’S, six runs scored, and four stolen bases. He also pitched one inning, allowing one earned run in a win over Nova Scotia.
Alexandre, Murdoch, and Rokochy were all major contributors as Saskatchewan outscored two opponents by a 24-4 margin on the opening day of the tournament. Saskatchewan opened the national championship with a 10-0 win over Newfoundland and Labrador. Alexandre walked, stole two bases, and scored a run out of the cleanup spot. Murdoch hit sixth and walked, stole a base, and scored a run. Rokochy walked, stole a base, and scored two runs as Saskatchewan outhit their opponent 11-1.
Saskatchewan added a 14-4 win over Manitoba in the afternoon. Alexandre doubled, scored twice, walked, and stole a base.
Murdoch singled, stole a base, scored, walked, hit a sacrifice fly, and finished with one RBI. Rokochy needed just seven pitches to strike out the final two batters of the game.
Saskatchewan moved to a 3-0 with an 8-1 win over Alberta on Friday morning when they out-hit Alberta 7-3 and also took advantage of six errors.
Alexandre finished with a single, a stolen base, a walk, a run batted in, and a run scored.
Rokochy got the final seven outs as he allowed two walks and one run, while striking out four.
Saskatchewan added a 9-5 win over Nova Scotia in the afternoon. Murdoch had a big game at the plate as he finished with two hits, one run scored, one walk, and three runs batted in. Rokochy also singled and knocked home a run.
Alexandre pitched one inning and allowed one hit, two walks, and one run while striking out one.
Saskatchewan blasted New Brunswick 10-0 in five innings on Saturday afternoon to finish first in the round robin with a 5-0 record.
Alexandre hit fourth and finished with a single, a run scored, and two runs batted in.
Murdoch caught and had one of Saskatchewan’s 10 hits on the day. Rokochy was productive out of the nine-hole with two singles and one RBI.
Alexandre, Murdoch, and Rokochy were all in the line-up as Saskatchewan cruised to a 10-0 mercy rule win over British Columbia in the semi-final on Sunday morning.
Nipawin’s Kyle Froehlich threw a five-inning shutout, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out nine.
Rokochy doubled, walked, stole a base, scored twice and knocked home one run out of the nine-hole.
Murdoch finished with a single, a walk, and scored a run. Alexandre had a sacrifice fly and one run batted in.