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Canucks can’t find any luck in one-run 18U AAA loss to White Sox

Regina scores pair in bottom of sixth inning, hold on for 3-2 win in SPBL action
Canucks 18U AAA Waller file
Kaleb Waller pitches during the 18U AAA Canucks home opener.

It stands to reason that at some point this season, the Moose Jaw 18U AAA Canucks are going to catch a break or two and string together a few Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League wins.

But once again, the baseball gods weren’t on their side when they took the field against the Regina White Sox on Thursday night.

Regina scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and then held off a Canucks rally in the final inning to take a 3-2 victory in league action in Regina.

Both teams got things going quickly on offence, putting up a run in the opening inning. For Moose Jaw, their first score came when Nathan Varjassy hit a one-out single and eventually came around to score on Orin Olson’s first of two doubles on the night.

The White Sox got that one back with one swing of the bat, when Zach Dobson hit a solo home run in Regina’s half of the first.

From there, it was time for Moose Jaw’s Kaleb Waller and Regina’s Jonah Kuntz to shut things down on the mound.

Waller would toss four scoreless innings before the White Sox put up their pair in the sixth, finishing the game with three runs allowed on seven hits while striking out five in 5 ⅓ innings.

Kuntz, meanwhile, went four complete, allowing the single run on six hits while striking out six.

Varjassy scored his second run of the game in the top of the seventh and the Canucks had Kyle Duncan reach second as the game-tying run, but that would be as close as they’d get to completing the comeback.

Moose Jaw fell to 0-5 with the loss, while the game was the White Sox season opener.

The Canucks are back in action Sunday when they travel to Saskatoon for a doubleheader.

Next home action for Moose Jaw is Tuesday, May 17 when they host the Parkland Expos. Game time is 7 p.m.