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Canucks pick up first win of season in 18U AAA SPBL action

Fast start leads to mercy-rule 12-2 win over Parkland Expos, one-hitter for Waller
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The Moose Jaw 18U AAA Canucks might have figured out a way to get around their early-season late-inning woes.

Just score so many runs early that you invoke the 10-up-after-five mercy rule.

That’s exactly what the Canucks were able to do on Tuesday, May 17 in Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League action, scoring five runs in each of the first two innings and going on to a 12-2 victory at Ross Wells Park.

Canucks lead-off hitter Kaedyn Banilevic led the Canucks with a 2-for-3 outing that included a double, run scored and four runs batted in. In fact, every player but for one had at least one base hit in the commanding win.

Ty Reid finished the night 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI, Kyle Duncan 2-for-3 with three runs, Tate Macdairmid 2-for-2 with two walks and Nathan Varjassy 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

With all that run support, it was a relaxing night for Canucks ace Kaleb Waller on the mound. He’d make the most of it, throwing 80 pitches over 4 ⅔ innings, allowing two unearned runs on a single hit while striking out seven and walking three.

Nathan McDougall needed a single pitch to close things out in the bottom of the fifth, and the Canucks had their one-hit victory.

Moose Jaw is now 1-7 on the season, but will have a bit of time off before their next game, a road battle against the White Butte Broncos on Tuesday, May 26. Next home action is a doubleheader on Sunday, May 29 at Ross Wells Park.