Canucks lose in semis

Katie Brickman
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The Moose Jaw Canucks tried to save their best for last.

Moose Jaw Canucks

Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough as they were shutout 3-0 by the Swift Current Indians on Sunday afternoon.

That loss ended their season as it came in the semifinal at the Baseball Saskatchewan Midget AA provincial championship in Yorkton.

“It was an awesome game and I don’t think we made an error,” said Kevin Smith, head coach of the Canucks. “We hit the ball, they hit the ball and they hit a two-run home run in the second inning. That was probably the difference in the game.”

The Indians played all season in the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball Midget AAA League and the Canucks viewed themselves as the underdog in this game.

“We had nothing to lose, as they are hosting Western Canadian championships in a couple of weeks,” said Smith. “So, they wanted to go in the front door. They had all the pressure. We told the boys to go out there, enjoy the game and have some fun.”

Kagan Meier pitched well in his final midget baseball game and gave the Canucks a chance for the win.

On Saturday, the Canucks put themselves in a position to go far this weekend by winning two of their three games.

It was a day of rain, wind and fatigue for the local team. They opened with a 7-1 loss to the North East Red Sox on Saturday morning.

“I thought we played well, but they have a very solid team,” Smith said on Saturday.

In the afternoon, they beat the Regina White Sox 5-4 after a three-hour rain delay. In their final pool game, they won 5-3 over Weyburn.

“We probably did what we thought we would do this weekend,” said Smith. “We were hoping we would beat North East and be first in our pool, but realistically, we probably did what we should have.”

The Canucks put themselves in a position to succeed this weekend by playing strong baseball in the second half of the season.

“Since Williston, I think we were 18-3. They have nothing to be sad about,” said Smith. “They played an awesome month and half of baseball. Maybe things didn’t end up where we wanted them to, but they didn’t disappoint by playing one of their better games of the year.”

The goal at the beginning of the season was to grow and get better each game. After the Moose Jaw Devons folded, the Canucks got some AAA-level players, which helped them on and off the field.

“I think this sets us up well for next year. We played some very good baseball this year,” said Smith. “Those guys that we did inherit at the beginning of the year helped our team grow. We will lose three guys and we will certainly miss them. Hopefully this experience will help us achieve a provincial championship next year.”

Meier, Matt Evans and Payton Denet all graduate from this level.

North East Red Sox defeated Swift Current 6-4 to claim the provinicial title.

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