Slave Lake’s Bantam Heat baseball team started its season with a three-game set in Edmonton and won all three. This is largely the same team that hosted the provincial tournament last year after a stellar season. It seems to be picking up right where it left off.
The first game, against the Jasper Bears, was described by head coach Kevin Campbell as “one-sided.” He didn’t give the score. Sharing pitching duties were Uneeb Khan, Chase Nehring and Matt LaFrance. At the plate, Parker Hay lit it up, going four for six.
Game 2 was against Whitecourt, the defending provincial champs. It also wasn’t close, as the Heat won 15 – 3. Aiden Blocka, Kyle Campbell and Carson Masur pitched. Tayyab Khadim and Hunter Mouallem both went two-for-four at the plate.
The third game saw the Heat up against the usually tough Jasper Place Jays, “and again the Heat rolled over their opponent,” winning 15 – 5.
Pitching in this one for Slave Lake were Khan, Will Chemago and Mouallem. Ethan Wedmid went two-for-three at the plate.
In other local baseball news, the Junior Heat are back in business, with Cody Stasow taking over as head coach.
“Returning players from last year’s team are Brayden Stasow, Randall Weber, Dalton Masur, Ian Pollard, Nick Mulich, Mason Negraiff, and Luke Macaulay,” Stasow says. “New are three local kids – Cole Stasow, Daniel Masur and Ryan Adelman.”
The league starts play on May 14, but the schedule was not out by press time.