After a sleepy start, the Moose Jaw Canucks finished with a bang Saturday.
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Jordan Logan with a two-run, two-out, walk-off double to give the Canucks a 7-6 win over the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan Premier Midget AA Baseball League action at Ross Wells Park.
"We started out slow. It was a beautiful day for ball, but the boys sure didn't show up to play for the first four innings," said Canucks coach Kevin Smith. "They started to get going a little later in the game. It was a learning experience in that we have to show up for every game and we maybe won one that we shouldn't have."
The game started at 10 a.m., but Smith refused to make excuses for his team.
"We go to tournaments where we play that early and you have to be ready to go," said Smith.
The Hounds jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and the Canucks looked like they were in danger of not getting to seven innings, never mind mounting a comeback.
Kagan Meier came in to pitch and allowed three hits and a run in four innings of relief to stem the tide.
After managing one hit in the first four innings, the Canucks finally got to the Hounds starting pitcher.
"They were patient and it was maybe a bit of a character-builder. In the last couple of innings with guys on base we got some runs in," said Smith. "Kagan Meier came in and closed the door, which was nice to see, and we expect that from him.
"We got to their pitching when we needed to. It was exciting at the end and it was good to see."
Logan singled to start a two-out rally in the fifth. Kaleb Wilson also singled before Matt Evans hit a two-run double to get the Canucks on the board. The Hounds got a run back in the top of the sixth, but the Canucks were undeterred.
Meier lead off the inning with a double and was followed by Kyle Wilson who singled. Mike Blazeiko hit a two-run single to drive them both in. Wilson drove Blazeiko in to close the lead to 6-5 for Notre Dame.
In the bottom of the seventh Meier singled and Kyle Wilson reached on an error to set the table for Logan's two-out double to end the game. Logan reached base five times and had a pair of hits, a run and a stolen base.
Meier was 2-for-2 to go along with his strong pitching outing.
Wyatt Riendeau earned the win on the mound after a shutout inning of relief. He allowed two walks and not hits in the seventh.
The Canucks record is now 2-3-3 in the SPBL. They will host the Assiniboia Aces Tuesday night at Ross Wells Park.