The Junior Heat of Slave Lake faced a tough South Jasper Place team on Sunday, in a double-header at Charity Park in Slave Lake. SJP was in first place in the ‘AAA’ league, and they’re not in danger of losing that position; but the Heat definitely gave them something to think about.
Randall Weber tossed a four-hitter for the Heat in Game 1 and struck out 10 in a 3 – 2 loss. Head coach Cody Stasow says he deserved a better fate.
“We had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh,” he says, with a runner on third and one out. But it got snuffed.
In Game 2, an early 2 – 0 Slave Lake lead turned into a 2 – 2 tie in the middle innings. In the fourth, Ian Pollard singled in a run to put the Heat back in front by one. The Jays came back to lead 4 – 3. In the bottom of the sixth, Lee Worobec singled home Daniel Masur from second to tie it. Cole Cooper handed the ball to Pollard after six solid innings and in the bottom of the final inning, Brayden Stasow doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and came home with the winning run on a Cole Stasow ‘safety squeeze’ bunt.
“We were able to show SJP they have some competition and we aren’t going to shy away from the top team,” says coach Stasow. “SJP better be ready, because they will have some competition come provincials. The boys will be ready for them after losing last year’s provincial finals to the Jays.”
The Heat are in action again this coming Sunday against the Community Park Reds (from Edmonton) at Charity Field.
A week earlier, the Heat went 1 – 1 against St. Albert, playing in St. Albert. They won the first game 7 – 3 and lost the second in extra innings, 7 – 6.
Stasow says the first game was tied at two going into the sixth inning. With runners on second and third, Daniel Masur smacked a two-run single, “and the Heat never looked back.”
Cole and Brayden Stasow also had strong games at the plate, and Randall Weber came one out shy of a complete-game victory. Brandon Hermanson came on to close it out.
“The second game was a different story,” Stasow says. “This time we were up 5 – 3 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, when St. Albert rallied to score two runs to tie it up.”
Brayden Stasow and Luke Macaulay both had multiple hits in the game. Pollard pitched into the seventh inning, with Lee Worobec on in relief.
Luke Macaulay of the Slave Lake Junior Heat leans into a bunt in the second game of a two-game set against the South Jasper Place Jays on Sunday.