Huskies capture mosquito championship

By Jamie Harkins

June 22, 2017 12:00 AM

COMEBACK KIDS The Marwayne Huskies, with from left, Cooper Saville, coach Nathan Saunders, Cole Hines, Morgan Boutillier, coach Shawn Hines, Aiden Saunders, Brett Saville, Adam Applegate, Rylan Bowman and Cole Boutillier, won the mosquito baseball City Championship on Sunday. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

Nothing could get in the way of a Marwayne Huskies championship.
The Huskies overcame looming storm clouds and a formidable mid-game deficit to beat the Lloydminster A’s 6-5 in the mosquito baseball City Championships at Legion Park on Sunday.
Huskies starting pitcher and utility shortstop, Cole Hines, cracked the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a hard grounder to second base that scored Rylan Bowman.
“I just tried to swing,” said Hines. “It didn’t matter if it was a strike or a ball. I just wanted to get a run in.”
Hines surrendered the game’s first run on a line drive to left field by A’s first baseman JD Earl, that scored Ryan Oborowsky in the top of the first inning.
The Huskies replied in the bottom half on an infield sacrifice grounder by Brett Saville to bring in Aiden Saunders, before Huskies second baseman Adam Applegate drove in Hines on a double to left field.
Earl went back to work in the top of the third inning driving in two runs with a hit to deep centre. A’s shortstop and catcher Evan Williamson made it 5-2 moments later on a single down the middle of the infield.
Saunders stroked a triple to deep right in the bottom half of the inning, scoring Applegate and Cooper Saville. Hines then brought Saunders home to tie the game with a single to right field.
“It was an unbelievable game for kids that age to play six full innings and only have a 6-5 (score),” said A’s coach Jason Tremblay. “The pitching was really strong. They had a couple of kids there who were throwing really hard and our pitchers all stepped up. It was a really well played game.”
The A’s entered the City Championships with only two losses on their record. The club kept the momentum, and obvious camaraderie, going by knocking off three straight wins in the round robin on Friday and Saturday before besting the Lloydminster Giants 9-8 in extra innings during the tournament semifinal on Sunday afternoon.
“I had lots of fun,” said A’s second baseman Parker Tremblay, noting all the kids on the team cheer on each other when things are going their way and offer support in tougher times.
Huskies pitcher and infielder Morgan Boutillier said they fell 12-8 to a Kitscoty club in the first game of the tournament, before rattling off three straight wins to make the final.
He said the opening match started early Saturday morning and they were all a little tired, but suffering the loss seemed to wake them up.
“It’s just fun to go out there and play and win something,” added Hines.

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