The Southwest Booster

18U 57’s wrap up SPBL regular season with three games

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The Swift Current 18U AAA 57’s wrapped up their Saskatchew­an Premier Baseball League season with three games over the long weekend.

Saturday, the 57’s lost both games to the host Regina Wolfpack. They dropped the opener 3-2 in a pitchers’ duel between Kelsey Rokochy and Regina’s Zander Oudie-senger.

Rokochy took the no-decision after allowing six hits, three walks, and two runs while striking out two over six innings.

Oudie-senger allowed only three hits and two runs while striking out 14 in the seven-inning effort. The Wolfpack earned the walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh with a RBI single from Owen Minchul with one out.

The 57’s took the early 2-0 lead when Ethan Murdoch homered in the first inning after Cash Arntsen had singled to open the game. Ben Patenaude had the only other base hit in the game for the 57’s.

Things did not go as well in the rematch as the Wolfpack notched 15 hits to defeat the 57’s 16-4. The Wolfpack scored multiple runs in four of five innings, including a six-run fifth inning to end the game.

Arntsen had a day at the plate with a home run, a double, two runs scored, and two runs batted in. Murdoch doubled and added two RBIS. Rokochy and Wyatt Harkes scored the other runs, while Rydell Adair and Connor Choo-foo added singles.

The 57’s lost 9-6 on Sunday against the host South East Twins in Estevan to wrap up the season. The game was tied 6-6 until the Twins scored three runs in the sixth inning to clinch the win.

Murdoch completed a fine SPBL career with three hits, including two doubles, to go with a walk and two

RBIS. Arntsen singled twice, stole a base, scored, and had two RBIS. Rokochy singled twice, walked, stole a base, and brought home two runs.

Evan Kobley and Harkes each singled and scored twice. Adair walked and scored.

The 57’s finished the season with a 10-22 record. Murdoch led the league with a 1.332 OPS and with a .786 slugging percentage. He also finished second with a .449 batting average and was fourth with 34 runs batted in.

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