Despite playing out the Regina Rambler Men’s Fastball League, the Moose Jaw Giants and Canadians always enjoy battling against each other.
Jeff Weekes of the Moose Jaw Canadians makes contact against the Moose Jaw Giants at Memorial Field on Tuesday night. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
“It used to be more (intense) when it was just the Moose Jaw league, but now we only play them twice and then maybe in the playoffs. It is not nearly what it used to be,” said Dale Garthus of the Giants.
Even though they only play twice a season now, they make the most of it.
On Tuesday night, it was the Canadians that came out on top with a 7-0 victory at Memorial Field.
“Last night they pitched pretty good and we just couldn't get going. Our heads just weren’t into it as much as usual,” said Garthus. “The season has been going well. Last night was the only one that we just weren’t in it.”
Xavier Tremblay got the win for the Canadians and Garthus, who is the lone pitcher for the Giants took the loss.
“I am the only pitcher right now because one guy had an operation and hasn’t been out yet and the other one quit,” said Garthus. “Tremblay started the game and I think we only got two hits off him. He just started getting back into pitching in the last couple of weeks, so it was nice to see him have a good outing.
The Canadians had 12 hits off Garthus, including a two-run home run from Dane Roy. Brett Friesen, Derek Owens and Jeff Weekes also hit doubles for the Canadians.
“We had a couple uncharacteristic errors and couldn't hit the holes. We have been playing pretty good, so to have an off game, it is to be expected. Some times you learn from that as well.”
The Giants have a record of 7-2-1, good for third place in the standings and just one point above the Canadians (6-4-2).
“Maybe if we are lucky, we will face them in the playoffs, which would be great.”
There are now 10 teams in total in the Rambler league as two more teams joined this summer.
The Giants now have eight games remaining and the Canadians have five games in the regular season before playoffs begin.
“The focus is to win as many games as we can. I think the way the playoffs worked last year and this year is the top six teams will be in the top bracket for the playoffs. We want to stay there and being in third right now, we have a good chance,” said Garthus. “Six of our last eight games will be tough ones, so we have to make sure we win the ones we should win and hopefully scrap out a win or two with some of the other ones.”
The Giants will host Silver Screen Sportswear tonight (7 p.m., Memorial Field) and the Canadians will host the Regina Gold (9 p.m., Memorial Field).