The last time local baseball fans saw the majority of the Moose Jaw 13U AAA Canucks Black in action, they were on the field in Calgary taking on Team B.C. in the final of the Canadian Little League Championship.
As it turns out, the offensive success they showed in that tournament has carried over nicely into the new season.
The Canucks pounded out eight runs in the third inning and would go on to a 17-6 victory over the Regina Padres in Baseball Regina action on Wednesday night at Andrie Diamond.
It’s also not a coincidence that players who looked great at Little League Canadians also played a large role in their success Thursday.
Leading the way was outfielder Zaid Guillaume, who hit home runs in his first two at-bats and would cap his day with a 4-for-4 performance that included three runs scored and four runs batted in.
The top of the Canucks order was merciless all night, as their top five hitters pounded out 13 hits and scored 12 runs. Their entire line-up would figure into the scoring, too, with every player crossing the plate at least once.
Things were close in the early going, as Moose Jaw only led by one after the second inning and trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the third. The aforementioned eight-spot would give Moose Jaw complete control of the game, though, and they’d invoke the mercy rule with six runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Emery Schoenroth batted clean-up and was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI, while three-hitter Jackson Boyle was 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI. Trey Stanhope also crossed the plate twice while hitting second, and lead-off hitter Van Glasser was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs.
Dillon Flanagan and Lucas Lind each knocked in a pair, while Lind also scored a pair of runs.
Boyle got the start and allowed a run on three hits in two innings of work, with Kohl allowing two runs on two hits and striking out five over the next two frames. Guillaume closed things out, allowing three runs and striking out three.
The 13U AAA Canucks Black are back in action this weekend when they host Swift Current for a doubleheader. Games are at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Andrie Diamond.