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Moose Jaw Ice drop pair of close U16 A fastball contests to Saints

Regina takes 7-5 extra inning win in game one of doubleheader, score in final inning to win 7-6 in game two
Doubleheaders don’t come much closer than what the Moose Jaw Ice and Regina Saints put together in Regina Minor Softball U16 A action on Sunday afternoon.

The Saints scored a pair of runs in an extra inning to take a 7-5 victory in the opening game at Optimist Park before scoring in the final inning of game two for a 7-6 win.

The Ice trailed 3-1 through four innings in the opening contest, but scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead 5-3. Regina managed to tie the game the next inning, though, and would get production from the bottom of their order in the extra frame as their eight and nine hitters would reach base and come around to score the game-winning and insurance markers.

Makenna Simmons led the offence with a 2-for-5 outing that included a triple in the fifth and a pair of runs scored. Katie Newberry reached base three times and was 1-for-2 with a run scored; Callie Klemenz went 2-for-2 and also crossed the plate.

Ice starter Waverley Demassi turned in a stellar showing in the circle in the rematch, allowing a single run and scattering four hits through four innings of work, striking out eight in the process.

Unfortunately for the local squad, the Saints starter was just as effective, also holding Moose Jaw to a single run through the opening four frames.

Both offences work up in the later innings, as Regina would build a 5-2 lead in the fifth, only to see Moose Jaw come all the way back with three runs in the very next frame. 

Things were all tied at six with the Saints as the home team in the bottom of the seventh, with a walk and a double bringing the winning run to third. A pick-off throw to the base would go awry, and Regina would score the winning run.

Paige Litzenberger was 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of runs scored, while Aubrey Clarke was 2-for-3 with a two-run triple in the sixth.

The Ice are back in action Wednesday when they travel to Regina for a doubleheader with the Saints and Royals.