Canucks into provincial semifinal

Katie Brickman
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The Moose Jaw Canucks don’t mind being the underdog.

Moose Jaw Canucks

That is exactly what they will be on Sunday when they face the Swift Current Indians in a semifinal game at the Baseball Saskatchewan Midget AA provincial championship in Yorkton.

“Sports are a funny thing and you never know what could happen,” said Kevin Smith, head coach of the Canucks. “We will come loose and looking to have fun. We want to put a little pressure on them and see what happens. There is nothing to lose, so we will go in and try and play our best game of the year.”

The Canucks battled rain, wind and fatigue after a 14-hour day on the diamond on Saturday, but are feeling good after going 2-1.

They opened with a 7-1 loss to the North East Red Sox in the morning.

“I thought we played well, but they have a very solid team,” said Smith. “For the first five innings, we had runners on second and third, but couldn’t get a key hit.”

The Canucks went into Saturday with the goal of going undefeated to win their pool and not panicking if they did lose to North East. Smith didn’t see any of that panic and the team did have a good chat after that game.

“We talked about finishing strong and go second in the pool so that we can play in the semis,” he said. “The boys responded with two wins.”

Their afternoon game against the Regina White Sox had a three-hour rain delay in the middle, but they came out with a 5-4 victory.

“That was a marathon,” said Smith. “We did some one run in the bottom of the single on a walk-off single from Riley Morhart.”

In their final pool play, they defeated Weyburn 5-3 in extra innings. Since Yorkton got a bunch of rain throughout the afternoon, tournament organizers made this game only a five-inning game.

“Again, we played very strong and steady,” said Smith. “We were actually behind in that game, so we showed some grit and character. We were down early and came back twice and won in the top of the sixth inning with two runs.”

With the loss to the Red Sox in the morning, it put the Canucks in second place in their pool and a match up with the Indians in one of the semifinals.

“We are in very tough,” said Smith. “They played in the Midget AAA league, so they are winning by big margins. However, we have Kagan Meier and Riley Morhart all rested and ready to do. So, we have two of our top pitchers ready to go.”

Both the semifinals run at 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon with the gold medal game at 6 p.m.

“The boys have played really well all weekend,” said Smith.

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Organizations: Canucks, Red Sox, Regina White Sox

Geographic location: Yorkton, Swift Current, North East

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