Minor ball teams enjoy success to start the season

The Southeast U18 AAA Twins baseball team opened their 2021 season by splitting a pair of doubleheaders.

The Twins started with a 5-4 win over the Saskatoon Giants Saturday at Lynn Prime Park. The Twins scored three times in the first inning and twice in the second to lead 5-2, and then the teams settled down into a pitchers’ duel.

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Carter Beck and Callum Holinger each had two hits and two runs batted in (RBIs) for the Twins.

Kaiden Lyons earned the win on the mound, allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The Giants recovered to beat the Twins 14-7 in the second half of the doubleheader. The Twins scored five times in the third to lead 5-2, but then the Giants scored 12 times in the fourth.

Kieran Stewart had two hits and two RBIs for the Twins. He also came on in relief as a pitcher and didn’t allow a run in the final three innings.

The Twins opened their next double header with a 9-7 win over the Regina Athletics. The Twins scored four times in the first and added three in the second. Holinger had three hits, three runs and an RBI.

Bryson Andres came on in relief, and gave up two runs, both unearned, in four innings to get the win.

The second game saw the Twins give up five in the first inning, and trailed 7-3 after six, but then tallied three in the seventh to nearly pull off the comeback. Spencer Copeland had four hits and two RBIs for the Twins. Aiden Trimble gave up six runs, four earned, and struck out seven in 3 1/3 innings.

Their next game is June 9 when they host the Regina Wolfpack at 7 p.m. Lynne Prime Park.

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The Estevan U18 AA Brewers had a perfect start to open the season, sweeping doubleheaders against the Weyburn Beavers and the Regina Paces.

The first game against Weyburn was a back and forth contest that saw the lead change hands several times, but the Brewers scored four times in the bottom of the seventh to win 14-13. Logan Romaniuk knocked in the winning run, and Tyler Saigeon led a balanced attack with three hits and four RBIs.

Kaleb Bechtold and Riley Niven were on the mound for the Brewers.

The next game saw the Brewers fall behind 3-0 early, but then take over in a 13-3, six-inning rout of the Beavers. Each player the Beavers dressed had a hit, with Saigeon getting three RBIs. Tayce Miller and Cade Bendtsen didn’t allow a run in 5 2/3 combined innings of relief.

Estevan then swept the Regina Pacers in a doubleheader Sunday. The Brewers led 7-2 after two and limited the Pacers offensively from there. Bechtold and Bendtsen each had three runs for Estevan.

Hunter Stewart picked up the win by allowing two runs in four innings, while Bendtsen didn’t allow a run in three innings of relief.

The Brewers wrapped up the weekend with a 3-2 win over the Pacers. Kaleb Poole knocked in the winning run for the Brewers in the bottom of the seventh. Saigeon had two hits and an RBI for Estevan.

Miller allowed just two runs, one earned, in 6 1/3 innings of work, while Logan Romaniuk pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief.

Their next game is June 9 at the Weyburn Beavers.

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The Estevan TS&M 13U AAA Estevan Brewers travelled to Moose Jaw to face the Canucks in a doubleheader to start the season on June 5.

In the first game the Brewers were down five runs in the top of the seventh inning and scored seven times to take a 13-11 lead, only to have Moose Jaw score twice in the bottom of the seventh for the game to end in a 13-13 tie.

The Brewers carried that momentum into the second game and behind strong pitching and timely hits, they beat Moose Jaw 15-8.

The Brewers next games are June 12th at home versus the Regina White Sox.

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