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Canucks split 18U AAA doubleheader with White Sox

Moose Jaw takes 7-3 win in opener, fall 7-1 in nightcap one day after dropping 9-2 decision to Wolfpack
The Moose Jaw 18U AAA Canucks are down to this in the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League: win both your final games, hope for some help and have a tiebreaker fall your way, and you just might land a spot in the provincial championship tournament.

That’s the situation after the Canucks spilt a doubleheader with the Regina White Sox on Wednesday night, winning the opener 7-3 before dropping a 7-1 decision in the nightcap at Ross Wells.
That result came one day after the Canucks fell 9-2 to the Wolfpack in Regina.

Moose Jaw is now 12-18 on the season and sits in 10th place, two wins back of the White Butte Broncos (14-18) for the eighth and final provincial berth.

They play their final two regular-season games on Sunday, Aug. 1 when they host the Parkland Expos in a doubleheader

White Sox 7, Canucks 1

The Canucks found themselves in a low-scoring barnburner right until the final inning, when the White Sox blew open a 2-1 pitching duel with five runs.

Moose Jaw had only four hits in the contest, with Evan Callaghan crossing the plate with their only run.

Cam O’Reilly got the start on the mound and allowed two runs on four hits through 4 ⅓ innings work, striking out six and walking four along the way. Evan Callaghan tossed the final two frames, surrendering five runs on five hits in 2 ⅔.

Canucks 7, White Sox 3

It was a completely different story in the opening contest, once again largely due to the pitching performance of Kaleb Waller.

Waller went 5 ⅓ innings, allowing three unearned runs on only two hits while striking out six to pick up the win. Kyle Duncan tossed 1 ⅔ scoreless to close out the victory.

That was more than enough for the Canucks offence to get the job done. Moose Jaw led 1-0 in the third when they put up a four-spot in the fourth inning and extended their lead to 6-0 in the fifth. Regina got three of those back in the sixth but would get no closer.

Cole Breitkreuz had a 2-for-3 day at the plate that included two trips across the plate and two runs batted in. Nathan Varjassy was also 2-for-3 and knocked in three runs; Kayden Hudson crossed the plate twice.

Wolfpack 9, Canucks 2

The Canucks’ loss to the Wolfpack earlier in the week ended up eerily similar to what would happen in game two against the White Sox.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth courtesy a solid start from Kaedyn Banilevic, the Canucks would surrender seven runs and end up losing by that same amount.

Banilevic finished the game with only three of the nine runs he allowed being earned, as he scattered nine hits in six innings of work.

Breitkreuz had another two hits in four trips to the plate and scored a run, Caleb Newkirk crossed the plate with their other marker.