The Canucks opened their 18-and-under campaign on Friday and rolled to a 15-5 win over the Lumsden Cubs before battling back from an eight-run deficit and dropping a 14-13 decision to the Regina White Sox on Saturday. Both contests were at Ross Wells Park.
Moose Jaw is back in action Tuesday night when they travel to Regina to face the Pacers.
Canucks 15, Lumsden 5
The Cubs did all their damage in the second inning, taking advantage of some timely hitting and an untimely error to send nine batters to the plate and score their five runs.
That would be the only hiccup for Canucks starter Dylan Anderson.
Anderson would go five innings, allowing four hits and the five runs -- all unearned due to the aforementioned error -- and finish the game with 13 strikeouts to earn the win.
Moose Jaw, meanwhile, got to work at the plate after their tough inning defensively, using plate discipline as a key to their comeback the very next frame. The Canucks would send 11 of their own hitters to the plate, drawing six walks and taking advantage of a pair of errors to score six runs.
They didn’t stop there, adding another four runs in the fourth to go up 10-5 and tacking on another five through the final two innings for the 15-5 win.
Anderson helped his own cause out by scoring three runs, while Gerritt Gulutzan was 1-for-2 with three runs batted in. Nathan McDougall also knocked in a pair and scored twice, Matthew Knox, Brady Jones and Brayden Ursu crossed the plate twice each.
White Sox 14, Canucks 13
The Canucks struggled in the field in Saturday’s contest, committing eight errors as Regina built a 14-6 lead through five innings, including a six-spot in the fifth.
All that did was light a fire under the Moose Jaw offense heading into the final two innings, though, as the Canucks batted around in the sixth and scored six runs to pull back within two.
Jones led off the seventh with a walk and would come around to score his third run of the game to get the Canucks within one. They had a chance to tie the game, too, but Noah Thul was gunned down trying to score their 13th run and Ursu would end up stranded at third.
McDougall got the start on the mound and allowed seven runs, three earned, through three innings. Brennan Daradich and Ursu tossed the final four innings to close out the narrow loss.