Teams face off again on Thursday
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Xavier Tremblay of the Moose Jaw Canadians hits a two-run single in the third inning to help the Canadians win 8-6 over the Moose Jaw Giants in Game 1 of the city championship at Memorial Field on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
It was a back and forth battle in Game 1 of the Senior Men’s Fastball city championship.
The Moose Jaw Canadians got some timely hits and lucky breaks to get the come-from-behind 8-6 victory over the Moose Jaw Giants on Tuesday evening at Memorial Field. The Canadians take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
“It felt pretty good. We were down a few and we ended up catching a couple breaks. We hit a couple holes and we ended up scoring a few runs and ended up on top,” said Sean Lougheed from the Canadians. “A couple dropped in for us and that makes a difference when you get a couple bloopers fall in then a guy comes in a screams one behind them. That happened a couple times.”
The Giants got on the board early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. They added another run in the third inning. However, the Canadians began to claw back that lead after Xavier Tremblay hit a two-run single in the third inning.
The Canadians then took the lead with a three-run home run from Richard Janzen in the fourth inning. However, a solo shot from Darryl Callaghan from the Giants cut the lead to one.
“We had the lead, the pitchers were pitching good, the catcher makes a couple bad calls on location and these guys can hit the ball so they burnt us on it,” said Rick Armbruster from the Giants. “Really though, we had opportunities with guys on base. I think three times we had guys on second and third and left them hanging. You aren’t going to win many games that way.”
The Giants re-took a one-run lead in the fifth inning, but it was short lived again. The Canadians scored three more runs in the sixth to seal the win.
“It is always good to win the first one, especially when it is a short series,” said Lougheed. “You want to make sure that whenever you get the chance, you can put it away.”
Despite the loss, the Giants are confident heading into Game 2 on Thursday (7 p.m., Memorial Field) with hopes of tying the series and forcing a third and deciding game.
“I think if you talked to anyone in our room, we think we match up with anyone all the time. We have a lot of experience and you never know who is going to pull something out and come out in a situation, but everyone can,” stated Armbruster. “We never count ourselves out in any scenario.”