Kyle Kostesky drove in a run and picked up the win on the mound for the Hamiota Red Sox as they beat the host Wawanesa Brewers 13-1 on Friday to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five South West Baseball League semifinal.
Kostesky struck out nine in five innings and went 2-for-4 at the dish. He got a lot of help as Justin Knight crushed a three-run home run, Darren Whelpton went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and Chris Obach had three hits and an RBI.
Brock Fisher gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss for the Brewers, while Curtis Plett scored their lone run.
The Red Sox will try to wrap up the series in Hamiota on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, in Hartney, Mark Derlago pitched a complete-game three-hitter as the Hoppers beat the Boissevain Centennials 5-0 to even their best-of-five semifinal at a game apiece. Derlago struck out 10 while also doubling twice, scoring a run and driving in another for the Hoppers.
Nick Cowan also went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Ty Workman took the loss for Boissevain, which will host Game 3 on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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Andrew Richards threw a complete-game three-hitter for the Minnedosa Mavericks as they took a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five Santa Clara Baseball League semifinal on Friday with a 4-0 win over the host Plumas Pirates.
Richards also scored and drove in a run for the Mavericks, while Mike Tarleton doubled and scored a run.
Zac Yandeau tossed a complete game and took the loss for Plumas, which will try to stave off elimination in Game 3 in Minnedosa on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
» Brandon Sun