The Vincent Massey Vikings dominated the first day of the provincial high school baseball championship on Thursday and secured their spot in the final eight.
Massey came out bats ablazing in its opener as the Vikings beat the Otter Nelson Nikiks 16-4 at Andrews Field, before topping the Dauphin Clippers 6-0 in the evening.
At 2-0, the Vikings have clinched first place in their pool and a spot in today’s quarter-final at Andrews Field at 5:30 p.m.
"It was a good rebound from last year. It sets us up for a win tomorrow and go into the finals on Saturday," said Massey catcher Jordan Robertson, whose team was knocked out in the quarter-finals at last year’s provincials. "Just don’t think we’re going to kill everyone or blow them all out, and play solid defence all day and keep our heads in it (will be keys to have success in the playoffs).
Every Viking starter crossed home plate in the first two innings against Otter Nelson River, with Jordy Stallard leading the way by going 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Dale Penner picked up the win, while Anthony Keeper took the loss for the Nikiks.
Robertson went 4-for-4 with a run scored against Dauphin, while Brett Kitt was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Marshal Burgess earned the win on the mound and was 1-for-3 at the dish with a run scored and another driven in.
Lee Kindrat took the loss and had one of three hits for the Clippers, who need to beat the Nikiks today to advance to the quarter-finals.
In Thursday’s other games:
Boissevain 15 Stonewall 1
Brandyn Janssens went 2-for-4 with one run scored and four RBIs for the Broncos, who topped their group at 2-0 and secured a spot in a quarter-final at Brandon Field today at 5 p.m. Skylar Canada threw a complete game and allowed just one hit while striking out eight.
Bob Procter took the loss for the Rams.
Boissevain 15 Gladstone 2
Carter Cowlthorp was a perfect 3-for-3 with four runs and an RBI for the Broncos, while Canada drove in three other runs. Jordan Foote allowed two runs, five hits and struck out five in three innings for the win. Carter Schettler took the loss for the Warriors.
W.C. Miller 11 Virden 1
Dylan Loewen went 3-for-4 with two runs and a pair of RBIs for the Aces, while Josh Friesen picked up the win. Jake Kitto scored the Golden Bears’ run, while Marc Fleury was tagged with the loss.
Westwood 3 Morden 1
Chase Palka, Chris Wilson and Ben Schmidt all scored in the fifth inning for the Warriors, while Brady Nault earned the win.
Tyler Penner scored the Thunder’s run, with Seth Staple taking the loss.
A pair of games were rained out and will be made up today.