Series B, a best of three affair pitted the second place Blackhawks against the third place Primeaus in a mid-week series scheduled to accommodate participation by the Blackhawks in the Senior AA Western Canada Baseball Championship. A game by game synopsis follows.
Game #1 @ Remax Field: The Primeaus scored their lone run of the game in the top of the first inning, but that lead was quickly extinguished when the Blackhawks tallied in their half of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Blackhawks never looked back as they played solid defensive baseball behind the sure pitching of Kyle Lawrence. Defensive woes plagued the Primeaus throughout the game resulting in a few missed targets on thrown balls. The Primeaus did record a crisp double play to home and back to first which was a highlight play.. The Blackhawks, however, dominated this contest at home. Final score: Blackhawks 9 Primeaus 1
Game #2 @ John Fry: The Primeaus’ fortunes turned around abruptly behind the complete game pitching performance of Kyle Fagnan who allowed only four hits to record the win. His counterpart, Josh Turner, also only allowed four hits while taking the loss. Kyle Fagnan also went 2 for three at the plate for the Primeaus. Final score: Primeaus 2 Blackhawks 1
Game #3 @ Remax Field: The Blackhawks and Primeaus battled hard under a beautiful and warm night sky at Remax on this night. Josh Turner was given a second chance to start for the Blackhawks in this series. Despite a valiant effort from starter Kyle Fagnan and reliever Mike Henry, and despite committing but one error which did not factor in the scoring, the Blackhawks prevailed. The Blackhawk’s jamie Gregg led off the first inning with a hit and scored on a Kevin Stork double to put the Blackhawks ahead. The Primeaus replied in the second witha lead off double by Doug Moms who scored on a hit by Keegan Kwong. The third was scoreless. Greyson Roth led off in the Blackhawk fourth with a triple and later scored on a 6 to 3 put out and RBI from Jamie Wilson. The Primeaus could only manage one more it off starter and and winning pitcher Josh Turner as the Blackhawks punched their ticket into their second consecutive Championship Final Series. Final score: Blackhawks 2 Primeaus 1
Series A, also a best of three series, saw the pennant champion Sherwood Park Athletics square off against the fourth place Westlock Red Lions at Keller Field on August 17th and 18th. A game by game summary follows:
Game #1 @ Keller Field: The Athletics exploded with 24 hits to score 21 runs on their way to a rout of the Red Lions. The Red Lions could only muster 3 fns on five hits. Each club struggled defensively as Sherwood Park was charged with 3 errors and the Red Lions with four. Kevin Dryburgh earned the victory for the Athletics. Final score: Athletics 21 Red Lions 3.
Game #2 @ Keller Field: Keller Field in Westlock Alberta was beautifully groomed and the park glistened with its new outfield fence and recently painted grandstand. The second game in Series A of the LCSFS was viewed by many as a mismatch of epic proportions following the manhandling received by the Red Lions at the hands of a very determined and hungry Athletics team. Grit and pride have always defined the Red Lions throughout their storied existence in the NCABL and today was evidence of that as Carmen Brown held the powerful Athletic bats at bay for five innings as the Red Lions hung on to a 2 – 1 lead. As Brown tired, the Athletic bats began to find holes in the Red Lion infield and outfield. Without two of the three Watamaniuk brothers who had left to purse their college careers, the Red Lions were more vulnerable and their defence, despite a few crisp double plays, was somewhat more challenged. After the Athletics exploded for five runs in the sixth, the Red Lions could do little more than attempt a last gasp comeback scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh before Cody McElroy put out the fire by registering the final out the game. The Athletics sweep. Final score: Athletics 7 Red Lions 4.