The Prince Albert Lite Way Blue Jays defeated the Dry Creek Penguins 17-4 in their first game of the 2014 Softball Saskatchewan Senior ‘C’ Men’s provincial tournament on Friday.
The first three innings were scoreless until the top of the fourth when third baseman Tyler Benoit scored the first run of the game.
At the top of the fifth inning, Jays’ shortstop Mark Hintz hit a homerun bringing the score to 2-0. Teammates Kalen Wright and Tanner Schultz scored the next two runs of the inning.
The top of the sixth inning proved to be the Penguins’ downfall as the Jays brought home 13 runs, including two RBIs by Hintz on a triple and later on a double. Tyler Benoit hit a double resulting in two runs scoring. Jays’ designated player Kalen Wright also had two RBIs during the sixth inning.
“It took us awhile to get going on the sticks but sixth inning came around and we started tattooing the ball and resulting in a 17-4 win,” said coach and player Kim Dryka.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Penguins rallied, scoring four runs to prevent the game from being a complete shutout.
The Penguins’ switched pitchers at the top of the fifth inning. Neil Wilson started the game off and was replaced by Brad Benson. Jays’ pitcher Dryka took the win.
With the team’s final softball league game wrapping up on Wednesday, the Blue Jays had a day off before their first game on Friday.
“We just had to take our time and relax and we know we can hit the ball so it just took timing and came around,” Dryka said.