Little League All-Stars lose prov. final

Matthew Gourlie
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Minor AAAs will finish year at tournaemnt in Nebraska

The Moose Jaw Minor AAA All-Stars had a great weekend of baseball.

Evan McCubbing, shortstop for the Moose Jaw Minor AAA All-Satrs, fields a ground ball in Sunday's final.

Unfortunately for the 9- and 10-year-old Little Leaguers, they weren't able to overcome one rough inning in the provincial final Sunday.

Regina Kiwanis did most of their damage in the third inning as they beat the All-Stars 18-8 in the Little League Minor AAA provincial final in Moose Jaw.

"We had two games against them and we had one bad inning in each game. It was almost déja vu," said Minor AAA coach Duane Pearson. "We played 30 innings of baseball and we had 28 good ones. Every ball team has a bit of a let down at times, so we're happy with how we did."

The Minor AAAs beat North Regina 7-6 Saturday to finish the round robin with a 2-1-1 record. 

They beat North Regina 9-8 in the semifinal on Sunday morning to advance to the final.

"The kids did really well," said Pearson who was one of four coaches for the All-Stars. "It was an excellent weekend. It's an excellent group of kids and an excellent group of parents and great coaches."

The All-Stars got off to a fast start in the final.

Their first three batters — Cole Breitkreuz, Matt Godlien and Evan McCubbing — each reached base and came around to score in the top of the first inning.

In the second inning Leif Pearson and Kayden Banilevic lead off the inning with singles and Cam O'Reilly, Godlien and McCubbing each hit doubles as the All-Stars put four runs on the board to take a 7-2 lead.

The All-Stars led 7-3 heading into the bottom of the third when Regina broke out in a big way. The visitors scored 14 runs in the inning to grab a 17-7 lead as the All-Stars struggled to find a way to get out of the inning and stop the bleeding.

Dylan Anderson hit a lead-off single in the fourth and stole a base before scoring, but the All-Stars couldn't respond with a big inning of their own.

The loss won't mean the end of their season. While Regina Kiwanis will attend nationals in Calgary, the All-Stars will attend the Cal Ripken Midwest Regional tournament in Nebraska later this month.

"What makes me happy about that is that the kids get to play more ball," said Pearson. "This is a learning experience and the more ball that they play, the better they're going to be."

The Major AAA All-Stars failed to advance to their final after they lost 13-3 to Regina Kinsmen in their semifinal Sunday morning. 

North Regina went on to beat Kiwanis 3-1 in the Major AAA final.

The All-Stars won their final pool game by defeating North Regina 9-7.

Organizations: All-Stars 18, Little League

Geographic location: Nebraska, Moose Jaw, Calgary

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