McIntosh's bat and legs help Devons to 2-1 win
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Bryce Crosbie makes a play at shortstop for the Moose Jaw Devons.
For three games the Moose Jaw Devons struggled to put together a complete effort.
Monday, the Devons were on top of their game in all facets. They used good pitching, spotless defence, resiliency and timely hitting to post a 2-1 victory in Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League action at Ross Wells Park.
“We finally played to the level I thought we are capable of all along,” said Devons head coach Don Anderson after their first win of the season. “The kids dug down.
“The guys have taken a good mental approach and haven’t gotten down on each other or themselves. We finally put together a solid effort on both sides of the diamond.”
Moose Jaw’s Dalton Kaake and Regina’s Turner Nistor had a great pitcher’s duel going that led to four scoreless innings to open the game.
The Mets got on the board in the fifth when Aiden Larsen reached base on a dropped third strike. Larsen advanced on a wild pitch before coming around to score on a ground out.
The unearned run could have deflated the Devons — who only had one hit at that point — but they continued to battle.
Nistor had five strike outs after two innings, but the Devons finally got on the board in the sixth inning. Moose Jaw’s Liam MacDougall walked to lead off the inning and then catcher Dylan McIntosh lined a double to right field to score MacDougall and tie the game.
“He was throwing a lot of first-pitch fastballs for strikes and I went up with the mindset that if it was my pitch I was going to rip it and that’s all I did,” said McIntosh.
Then the Devons caught a break. On the next pitch McIntosh stole third base after misreading a sign.
While having his catcher steal third may not have been by design, but it worked out well as McIntosh scored the winning run on a wild pitch two pitches later.
Kaake, who played midget AAA hockey with McIntosh on the Moose Jaw Generals, is from Maple Creek. He is commuting for the season and made his midget AAA baseball debut on the mound.
Kaake finished by allowing four hits in his complete-game win and struck out four. He threw 83 pitches and 2/3s of those were strikes.
While it was Kaake’s first outing for the Devons, he had pitched for Maple Creek and is going to pull double-duty as much as he can.
Nistor threw six complete innings for the Mets. He allowed two hits and struck out seven.
After being plagued by defensive errors, the Devons didn’t commit an error all game.
The Devons (1-3) will have a tough test on the road when they play the Saskatoon Cubs (3-1) Wednesday before opening the Sask. Selects Midget AAA tournament Thursday against the Regina Wolfpack at 8:30 p.m. at Ross Wells Park.