Red Sox fall in provincial tiebreaker

The Muenster Midget AAA Red Sox’s league season has come to a close after the club was knocked out of the provincial tournament in a tiebreaking game. 
 

Vs. Saskatoon Cubs

 
Errors at an inopportune time sunk the Red Sox in their provincial tournament opener as they fell 2-1 to the Saskatoon Cubs on July 27 from the provincial tournament in Saskatoon. 
 
The Red Sox committed three errors, in the loss, including two in the fifth inning resulting in a pair of Cubs runs. 
 
Kyle Froehlich was charged with the loss giving up two runs, none earned, on five hits and one walk, striking out four over 5.2 innings. 
 
Matthew McGrath came on in relief of Froehlich and retired the only batter he faced. 
 
McGrath also drove in the only Red Sox run scoring Jayden Huls on a sacrifice fly in the third. 
 
That run gave the Red Sox their first and only lead of the game, as a Cubs pair in the fifth rounded out the scoring. 
 

Vs. Regina White Sox

 
The Red Sox rode an explosive offense to their first win of the provincial tournament as they picked up a 14-4 win over the Regina White Sox on July 28. 
 
The Red Sox pounded out 13 hits, and added eight walks in a dynamic offensive outburst. 
 
Chris Major led the way offensively for the Red Sox driving in three runs, and scoring one other as he finished the afternoon 3-for-4 at the plate. 
 
Drew Bauml, who walked three times in four plate appearances and scored once, was the only one of the nine Red Sox’s hitters not to drive in a run. 
 
Tyler McWillie picked up the win pitching six innings of four run ball, giving up six hits, striking out 11. 
 
The Red Sox wasted little time jumping in front scoring three in the first to take a 3-0 lead after just one inning. 
 
Over the next three innings, the teams would trade four runs each, until the Red Sox put the game away for good in the fifth scoring six times. 
 
Another run in the sixth gave the Red Sox the mercy rule win. 
 

Vs. Swift Current 57’s

 
Facing elimination, the Red Sox erased a four-run first inning deficit to knock off the Swift Current 57’s 10-9 on July 28. 
 
McGrath picked up the win pitching four innings of nine run, five earned ball, giving up 14 hits, and two walks, striking out two. 
 
Drew Bauml came on in relief and allowed just two walks over three innings, striking out four. 
 
Huls led the way offensively for the Red Sox as he finished 2-for-3 at the plate with four runs batted in and two runs scored. 
 
The contest got off to an interesting start for the Red Sox as a pair in the top of the first had them in front 2-0. 
 
The 57’s answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning to pull in front 6-2. 
 
Two runs in the second and one more in the fourth saw the Red Sox cut the 57’s’ deficit to 6-5. 
 
The 57’s then re-extended their lead with three runs in the fifth, setting up the Red Sox sixth inning comeback. 
 
Huls and McWillie each drove in two, while Rylan Marianchuk added another as the Red Sox pounded out five runs on six hits, one error, and one hit by pitch to complete the comeback. 
 
With the win the Red Sox earned themselves at least one more contest as they wrapped up the round robin with a 2-1 record, and moved on to take on the Regina White Sox in a tiebreaking game with second place in Pool B on the line.  
 

Vs. Regina White Sox 

 
The Red Sox’s season came to a close thanks in large part to a disastrous fourth inning as the club dropped a 17-7 decision to the Regina White Sox on July 29. 
 
The loss, which came in the tiebreaking contest, eliminated the Red Sox from playoff contention. 
 
The Red Sox, who handed the White Sox their lone round robin loss, gave up 13 runs in the fourth inning, and could never recover. 
 
Marianchuk was charged with the loss on the mound for the Red Sox giving up seven runs, all earned, on six hits, and six walks, striking out one in 3.1 innings. 
 
Aaron Aquino came on in relief of Marianchuk and lasted just 0.1 innings giving up seven runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks. 
 
Nicholas Silcox wrapped up the contest for the Red Sox pitching the final 0.1 inning giving up three runs, all earned, on four hits and one walk. 
 
Froehlich led the way offensively for the Red Sox finishing 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in and one run scored. 
 
The contest got off to a decent start for the Red Sox, as they gave up three runs in the first and one in the second, responding with a trio of their own in the second to trail 4-3 after two innings. 
 
After a scoreless third, the White Sox ran away with the win in the fourth, scoring 13 times on 12 hits and three walks, to extend their lead to 17-3. 
 
The Red Sox answered with four in the fifth, but the club ran out of runway, losing 17-7 in five innings due to the mercy rule.  
 

Outlook

 
With the loss the Red Sox’s league season is now complete, with the club getting an early start to their offseason for the first time since 2015 after winning national championship bronze in 2016 and western Canadian gold in 2017. 
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