The Moose Jaw 18U AAA Canucks might still be looking for their first win in the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League, but if things continue to go as they did until the final inning on Tuesday night, that victory will come sooner than later.
The Canucks tied the game in the bottom of the seventh and got the winning run to second with two outs but would drop a 14-10 extra-inning decision to the Regina Wolfpack at Ross Wells Park.
The contest was back-and-forth throughout, with the first turn of fortune coming in the third inning when Nathan Pisio hit a two-run home run to tie the game 3-3. The round-tripper was the first for Pisio in Ross Wells and came on a 2-0 fastball that he took over the wall in left-centre field.
Moose Jaw eventually took a 6-4 lead into the sixth inning, in no small part to a solid start on the mound by Nathan McDougall. He’d go 4 ⅔ innings and allow three runs on three hits, with none of the runs earned. He’d also rack up five strikeouts on the night.
Regina would rally in the top of the seventh, though, scoring three runs off relievers Grier Peterson and Owen Csada to take 7-6 lead in the bottom of the frame.
There, it would be Csada’s turn to come through with his first home run in Ross Wells, and at a key moment, too. Down to his last strike with two outs and the game on the line, Csada would send a 2-2 fastball over the left field wall to tie the game 7-7.
The Canucks weren’t done there, either, as they got the winning run to second base but would be unable to finish things off.
Unfortunately for the home team, Regina’s bats came alive in the extra inning, cranking out three base hits, hitting two doubles and taking advantage of an error to put seven runs across the plate and take a 14-7 lead.
The Canucks didn’t go quietly, scoring three runs in the bottom of the extra inning, but they’d get no closer.
Pisio finished his night 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Cam Beisal and Noah Thul each crossed the plate twice. Gerritt Gulutzan was 1-for-5, but knocked in four runs.
The Canucks are now off of league play for the next week before hosting the Regina White Sox on Wednesday, May 24. Game time is 7 p.m. at Ross Wells.