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Katie Brickman
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Canucks take both games in double-header action

The Moose Jaw Canucks feel like they are on an up-swing of late.

Xyrus Smith of the Moose Jaw Canucks lays down a bunt in the first game of a double header at Ross Wells Park on Wednesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

After a tough experience in Williston, N.D., the Canucks have put together some solid baseball games.

“We have played four really good games since Williston tournament,” said Kevin Smith, head coach of the Canucks. “Even though we got fed a little bit, it helped us in these last games and hopefully for the rest of the year.”

On Wednesday evening, they won both games in their double-header action at Ross Wells Park.

The Canucks improved to 5-4-4 in the Saskatchewan Premier Midget AA Baseball League standings with a 9-7 win over the Regina Pacers and a 10-2 win over the Assiniboia Aces.

“I think the best part of the situation was that the pitching was good, the hitting was good and we kept our focus for two games,” said Kevin Smith, head coach of the Canucks. “That made it error free ball. We didn’t make a lot of errors just by the way we kept our heads in the game.”

The Canucks made solid contact with the ball and capitalized on errors made by the Pacers in the first game, scoring early and often.

Aidan Coleman was strong on the mound for the Canucks as well.

In the second game, the team only had about a half hour to rest up before they took the field against the Aces.

It was a slower moving game, but Kagan Meier pitched for contact and his defence helped out behind him.

Playing two games is always difficult for teams and it started to show for the Canucks near the end, but they continued to play smart baseball.

“It is a long night. You could tell that later in the second game, things were starting to weigh a little bit, but they held it in there,” said Smith.

Maintaining that focus was the important factor and the team had a little extra motivation against the Aces.

“When we went down to Assiniboia three weeks ago and lost one we shouldn’t have lost,” said Smith. “Maybe that helped keep our focus for the second game … a little retribution.”

The Canucks will be back in action this weekend with a road game and a home game before they wrap up the season with four road games.

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