Slave Lake Bantams go 2 – 0, other games get rained out

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Playing in Edmonton on the June 10 weekend, Slave Lake’s Bantam ‘AA’ Heat baseball team won twice on the Saturday, then missed their Sunday game because it was rained out.
Game one was against the tough South Jasper Place Blue Jays. It was a close game all the way, with the Heat getting the 5 – 4 victory on an Ethan Wedmid hit in extra innings.
“Both teams displayed solid pitching and defense,” says co-head coach Dave LaFrance. “SJP made some great defensive plays, all with runners in scoring position. If they hadn’t made those, we would have opened up the scoring a bit.”
Chase Nehring started the game on the mound for Slave Lake. Matt LaFrance came in and close the door in the seventh and eighth innings to secure the win.
The second game was against the Edmonton Padres and wasn’t so close. It started out being tightly contested, for the first three innings, says LaFrance. After that the Heat blew it open.
“Our bats came alive on the relievers,” he says, “led by Aiden Blocka with two home runs and Will Chemago with another homer.”
Everyone was hitting the ball hard, LaFrance says; the pitching was pretty good too.
“Uneeb Khan was solid, to say the least, on the mound. He induced a ton of ground balls and the defence backed him up. Hunter Mouallem came in to close this one out.”
The final score was 13 – 6 for Slave Lake.
The missed game against Drayton Valley had to be made up.
The Heat were off this past weekend; they play in Grande Prairie this coming weekend.


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