The first couple days of competition at the Canada Summer Games have gone very well for Moose Jaw athletes.
Especially for Moose Jaw U17 A Ice standouts Katie Newberry and Makena Simmons with the Team Saskatchewan women’s softball team.
Saskatchewan opened their event with a pair of victories, taking a 7-0 win over Nova Scotia in their opener on Sunday before downing Prince Albert 7-0 in their opening game Monday. Things didn’t go quite as well in their second game Monday, as they dropped a 3-0 decision to Manitoba.
In their game against Nova Scotia, Newberry ended up as part of a no-hitter, pitching the final inning in relief of Erin Kirkland and recording a pair of strikeouts. Simmons, batting second, had a triple in her lone hit of the game and finished 1-for-3.
The match-up with P.E.I. saw Simmons score her first run of the tournament in the sixth, drawing a two-out walk and coming home on a bases-loaded free pass two batters later. She also had a sacrifice fly in the fourth to bring home her first RBI.
Saskatchewan couldn’t get much going against Manitoba, with Simmons recording their lone hit of the game in the fifth inning.
Newberry pitched ⅔ of the sixth inning, needing only five pitches and recording a strikeout to finish off the frame. Saskatchewan closes out their round robin on Tuesday against B.C.
Harry Lin and the Saskatchewan tennis team are also off to a good start, winning their opening team match 5-1 over New Brunswick.
Lin played a role in the victory, winning his men’s singles match with Jeff Bodner 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Team Sask played Manitoba later on Monday before facing Nova Scotia on Tuesday in their final round robin game
Mykenzie Shymko and the Team Sask women’s box lacrosse team went into their second game on Monday night looking for their first win.
Saskatchewan -- which named Shymko as the team captain prior to the tournament -- fell 5-2 to Manitoba in their opener Sunday before settling for a 5-5 tie with P.E.I. in their first game Monday.
Shymko scored Team Sask’s second goal against Manitoba, with the marker coming at 14:37 of the third period and pulling her team within a goal. Saskatchewan led 1-0 after the first and trailed 2-1 through two.
Shymko also hit the scoresheet in their second game, picking up Team Sask's third goal 4:02 into the second period. Saskatchewan led 4-0 at one point in the contest but saw P.E.I. score three unanswered goals, including the only two of the third, to settle for the tie.
Saskatchewan took on Quebec in their second game Monday before closing out the round robin against New Brunswick on Tuesday.
Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins standout Damian Chartrand wasn’t able to reach his goal of swimming in a final at the Canada Summer Games.
Chartrand put down a time of 33.27 seconds in his 50-metre breaststroke debut to finish eighth in the fourth heat, missing the ‘B’ final by 1.26 seconds.
Makaya Arnott will be in the pool on Thursday when she competes in the 50-metre freestyle.
You can check out all the results throughout the event on www.niagara2022games.ca.