Midwest put itself in a solid position to make the playoffs at the provincial Bantam AAA baseball championship at Simplot Millennium Park.
The Westman squad rode pitchers Benoit Mowbray, Noah Geekie and Damon Bajus to shut out Red River 3-0 in its opener on Friday and then used early hits to top the host Brandon Knights 7-3 in the evening. With one win today, Midwest will secure a spot in Sunday’s playoffs.
“I’m happy with the guys,” head coach Craig Geekie said. “They’re coming through, especially our pitching staff. Our pitching staff is throwing very well and we’ve had some timely, clutch hits and capitalized on some other teams’ errors.
“The boys are playing well. We have some confidence now, but my phrase for this weekend is to be happy and not satisfied.”
Brayden Heapy was walked and hit by a pitch and scored both times against Brandon, while James Maddess had a pair of singles and two runs. Reece Wilson, Jared Bridges and Liam Nohr scored runs for Brandon.
In its opener, Dylan Oshanyk, Bajus and Ryan McLenehan all scored for Midwest, which held Red River (0-2) to three hits.
In Brandon’s opener, Carson Boyechko drove in two runs with a walkoff single to lift the Knights to a 4-3 win over Parkland (0-2). He also started on the mound, but Graham Wright earned the win in relief. Brandon Racette singled and scored for Parkland.
The round robin continues today with the semifinals set for noon on Sunday and final going at 3 p.m.
In Friday’s other games:
St. James 9 Oil Dome 3
Kieran Ursel hit a solo home run, while Ben Schmidt scored twice for St. James (1-1). Dylan Mills doubled and scored one run for Oil Dome (0-2).
Wpg. South 11 Oil Dome 0
Carson Campbell singled twice and scored three times for Winnipeg South (2-0). Dawson Hole had three singles for Oil Dome.
Bonivital 9 Parkland 3
Adam Senden had a run and two RBIs for the Bonivital (2-0).
Alex Michaleski was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored for Parkland.
Bonivital 6 Red River 4
Martin Gisiger had two runs and a pair of RBIs for Bonivital.
Wpg. So. 15 No. Wpg. 4
Andrew Asselin scored four runs and drove in two others for the Winnipeg South, while Nathan Slaby scored once for the North Winnipeg (0-2).
So. Central 11 St. James 4
Tristan Peters and Bob Matuszewski both scored twice for South Central (2-0).
So. Central 7 North Wpg. 1
Matuszewski and Caleb Unrau scored a pair of runs for South Central. Jalen Richard was the only North Winnipeg player to cross home plate.
Oil Dome 15 Brandon 6
Keiman Olson tripled and scored three times for Oil Dome (1-1), which also got three runs from Kyle Harmon. Kolby Thomson tripled and scored a run for Brandon (0-2).
South Central 19 Brandon 1
Lucas Fehr went 3-for-3 and scored four times for South Central (2-0). Thomson had a pair of singles and came around to score Brandon’s run.
Pembina Hills 23 Midwest 8
Hunter Novak and Trent Peters both scored a trio of runs for Pembina Hills (2-0). Cole Allen walked and scored twice for Midwest (0-2).
Carillon 9 Midwest 8
Dawson Tanner reached base three times and scored twice for Carillon (2-0). Brody Robinson reached base three times and scored on each occasion for Midwest.
Bonivital 14 Oil Dome 1
Jordan Lussier had a pair of singles, a triple and four runs for Bonivital (1-1). Olson scored Oil Dome’s run.
Pem. Hills 11 No. Wpg. 4
Joey Moffatt reached base on three of his four plate appearances and scored three times for the Pembina Hills. Liam Allen doubled and scored a run for the North Winnipeg (1-1).
So. Central 10 Wpg. So. 1
Lucas Dyck went 3-for-4 and scored three times for South Central. Jake Hruska scored for the Winnipeg South (1-1).
Wpg. South 11 Bonivital 7
Aaron Van Nieuw Amerongen scored three runs to pace Winnipeg South.
Carillon 6 St. James 1
Tanner doubled and scored twice for Carillon. Matt Towle crossed home plate for St. James (0-2).
North Wpg. 4 St. James 3
Christian Ingram reached base three times and scored a run for North Winnipeg. Easton Grieve singled and scored for St. James.