P.A. Pirates finish provincials in semifinals with 10-7 loss

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The Prince Albert R&W Custom Collision Pirates battled to within a game of the provincial finals on Sunday, losing 10-7 to the Moose Jaw Canadians 10-7 in the semifinals of the 2014 Senior ‘C’ Men’s championship.

“It was really unfortunate, we made a few mistakes,” said Pirates manager Felix Casavant. “What I liked is that our team never gave up, we just kept battling back.”

The game was scoreless until the top of the third inning when left fielder Ryan Olde and shortstop Christian Hudon hit back-to-back home runs, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead.

The Canadians tied the game in the bottom of the third.

The Pirates rallied, scoring another run at the top of the fourth inning bringing it to 3-2. At the top of the fifth, both designated player Marshall Harris and centre fielder Luke Torgunrud tripled, both driving in a run.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Canadians retaliated, bringing in five runs to take the lead 7-5.

The Pirates did not score at the top of the sixth, leaving two men on base. The Canadians extended their lead at the bottom of the inning to 10-5.

The Pirates continued to play to the end. With two out, the Prince Albert scored twice before a final strikeout, leaving two men on base, to end the game with the final score of 10-7.

The Moose Jaw Canadians went on to play against the Pipestone Pirates in the gold medal game. The Pipestone Pirates became the provincial champs in the final game with a score of 8-1.

During the provincial tournament, the R&W Pirates won three out of four round robin games, placing second in their pool. The Pirates won their game against the Saskatoon Padres 4-1 and against the Conquest Capitals 14-7 on Friday.

The R&W Pirates narrowly lost their first game on Saturday to the Pipestone Pirates 7-6. The R&W Pirates then won their game against the Moose Jaw Canadians 11-1.

The Pirates earned a wide berth in the semifinals by beating the Warman Gems 9-5 in the quarterfinals on Sunday morning.

“Overall for our first experience at provincials we did very well and I’m very proud of each and every one of the players,” Casavant said.

He added that the team will be staying together and are focused on next year’s provincials.

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The Prince Albert Lite Way Blue Jays finished their season with a loss to the eventual champion Pipestone Pirates in their quarterfinal game 13-5.

The Pipestone Pirates took an early lead of 2-0 at the bottom of the first inning. The Pirates continued to rack up their score at the bottom of the third with a home run by shortstop Ian Glasser.

Five batters later, Pirates’ left fielder Derek Adams follows with a two run home run.  The Pirates ended the inning up 7-0.  

At the top of the fourth, the Blue Jays began swinging. Centre fielder Andrew Georgeson tripled, resulting in two RBI. Right fielder Jess Harnett followed with a triple hit of his own and a RBI. 

By the bottom of the fourth, the Jays had decreased the Pirates’ lead 7-5, though it didn’t last.

The Jays gave up six more runs in the bottom of the fourth before getting their final out and ended the game by mercy rule.

“We struggled on the defense but you know they’re a good hitting team and we give them all the credit,” said coach and player Kim Dryka.

The Blue Jays won half of their round robin games. The Jays won their game against the Dry Creek Penguins 17-4 but lost their game against the Regina Silver Screen 13-12 on Friday.

The Jays lost to the Hanley Merchants 8-6 but won their game against the Saskatoon Cubs 6-4 on Saturday, resulting in third place in their pool.

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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