Bantam Heat win three big ones in Grande Prairie

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake’s Bantam Heat will know this week what tier they continue playing in. Based on their performance over the first few weeks of the season, it’ll likely be at or near the top, since they were undefeated at 9 – 0 as of June 19.
This past weekend in Grande Prairie they stayed on a roll, winning all three of their games.
The fun started with a 16 – 15, walk-off win over the host GP Reds. Tayyab Khadim drove home Matt LaFrance in the bottom of the 7th to break the tie and win the game for Slave Lake. Will Chemago, Chase Nehring and Uneeb Khan shared pitching duties.
“Nice come from behind victory for the boys,” says co-head coach Kevin Campbell.
Game 2, against the Parkland Twins, ended up 22 – 12 for Slave Lake. Nehring, Hunter Mouallem, Ethan Wedmid and Kyle Campbell all took turns pitching for the Heat. Wedmid hit a grand slam in the top of the 6th and Nehring hit his first home run of the season in this one.
Game 3 was a tough one against a very good St. Albert team. Again, the Heat came up big when it counted, winning 9 – 8 on a Carson Masur hit in the 7th inning. LaFrance, Campbell, Aiden Blocka and Mouallem shared pitching duties.
Chemago hit a pair of home runs and Parker Hay also had a good game at the plate.
The Heat defeated Drayton Valley on a rare Monday game on June 19. It was a make-up game played in Barrhead. The score was 15 – 8.
A big eight-run inning helped. So did the pitching of Matt LaFrance, Aiden Blocka and Uneeb Khan.
The teams in the league will now be divided into tiers according to their first-round performance. The schedule had not been announced by press time.

 

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