It was the kind of game that can drive a coach crazy.
© Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie
Kyle Wilson from the Moose Jaw Canucks hits a single Sunday against the Regina White Sox.
The Moose Jaw Canucks were in complete control for four innings of Saskatchewan Premier Midget AA Baseball League play Sunday afternoon. And then the wheels fell off.
The Canucks surrendered an eight-run inning, but managed pull out of their nose-dive and beat the Regina White Sox 11-10 at Ross Wells Park.
"It was a tale of two games. We were great for five innings and I think we got into a little bit of a comfort zone and I think everybody lost a little focus," said Canucks coach Kevin Smith. "The wheels fell off in the top sixth inning. It was a terrible inning and it's not good to see. It's disappointing."
The Canucks grabbed an 8-0 lead after three innings and looked to be well on their way to a comfortable win against the White Sox.
Canucks starting pitcher Kagan Meier had allowed two hits, no runs and had struck out eight batters in 5 1/3 innings of work. Smith pulled Meier with the 8-0 lead to keep his pitch count low enough to make him available to pitch when they played a double-header Wednesday.
Kaleb Wilson came in and struggled to find the strike zone and walked or hit the first four batters he faced. It snowballed from there as the White Sox plated eight runs in the inning to tie the game.
To their credit, the Canucks regained their lead in the bottom half of the inning as Cody Robbins drove in a run and Kaleb Wilson hit an RBI double.
The White Sox tied the game in the top of the seventh, but the Canucks responded again. Aidan Coleman tripled in the bottom of the seventh and Kyle Wilson drove him home to end the game.
"The positive thing is that we could have fallen right apart and lost the game," said Smith. "We came back twice and hopefully we built a little character."
Kyle Wilson allowed six runs in his two innings of relief, but earned the win.
"Hopefully we learned how to grow and keep our focus a little bit," said Smith.
Kaleb Wilson was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and three RBI. Coleman was also 2-for-4 and stole two bases. Robbins drove in a pair of runs and Riley Mohart, Wyatt Riendeau and Kyle Wilson drove in runs.
The teams played half of an inning of the second game of their doubleheader before heavy rain forced the game to be postponed.
The Canucks record is now 3-4-4 on the season. They will host the Regina Pacers (6:30 p.m.) and the Assiniboia Aces (8:30 p.m.) in a doubleheader at Ross Wells Park Wednesday night.