Canucks solid in win

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Logan goes 4-for-4 with triple

A big offensive inning was all the Moose Jaw Canucks needed.

Peyton Denet of the Moose Jaw Canucks smacked a double in the first inning against the Weyburn Beavers at Ross Wells Park on Thursday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The Canucks scored seven runs in the fifth inning and cruised to a 14-4 mercy rule victory over the Weyburn Beavers on Thursday night at Ross Wells Park.

“We had some guys that had some pretty big nights,” said Kevin Smith, head coach for the Canucks. “What I saw was even the bottom of the lineup was getting on base and getting the ball through, then the guys at the top knocked them in.”

Jordan Logan went 4-for-4, including a triple in the sixth inning and Kaleb Wilson had two runs batted in on sacrifice flies. Kagan Meier hit a double off the wall in the fifth inning, which was just inches away from a home run.

The Canucks started off a little shaky as the Beavers scored three runs with two out in the first inning. However, the Canucks answered back with three runs of their own in a good response inning.

Wilson seemed to settle down as well and pitched a solid three innings for the Canucks, giving up just four runs total.

Meier came into pitch the fourth inning and finished strong, not giving up a run in his two innings of work.

“Our pitching from the outset was great,” said Smith. “Kaleb Wilson pitched well and then Kagan came in and closed the game. It was a good game all around for everybody.”

After a disappointing weekend in Saskatoon at the Selects tournament, the Canucks were eager to get back on the diamond to refocus and gain some more confidence. It started with doing some extra work prior to the game.

“I think it is huge because we did talk as a team about coming in earlier and doing some of the little things. We had a couple guys that showed up a little earlier and it showed that the hard work does pay off,” said Smith. “We took some BP (batting practice) last night and I think it paid off.”

In that fifth inning, the players kept feeding off each other at the plate as they kept the inning alive.

The Canucks made a couple of errors against the Beavers, but it didn’t cost them runs, which Smith was also happy about.

“That is just confidence and experience,” said Smith. “I think defensively, most times, we will be okay.”

The team will return to the diamond this Saturday (5 p.m., Ross Wells Park) when the Yorkton Cardinals visit.

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