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Brewers swept in SCBL semifinals

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A lack of pitching depth proved to be the undoing of the Dauphin Brewers in their Santa Clara Baseball League semifinal series with the Neepawa Cubs, last week.
With only nine players available, the Brewers lost game one, 9-0, last Wednesday in Neepawa.
In game two, Friday in Dauphin, the Cubs sent 11 batters to the plate and scored five runs in the fifth and seventh innings to clinch the best-of-three series with a 10-5 win.
The Brewers had a 3-0 lead when Neepawa went on top in the top of the fifth, but Dauphin tied the game in their half of the inning.
Tyler Wilkinson started game two for Dauphin and pitched well through four innings before leaving with an injury in the fifth. Logan Lytwyn then took to the hill, the first of three relievers the Brewers used. Lytwyn, player-coach Darius Vendramin and left fielder Kieran Raknerud all took to the hill and struggled as Neepawa took control of the game in the late innings.
Vendramin said it was a disappointing end to the season. When Wilkinson left the game, the Brewers had no one ready to come in, he said.
Neepawa did a good job of putting the ball in play, Vendramin added, but Dauphin’s pitching was not up to the task.
“We had some walks and stuff like that. It was just one of those things where things weren’t clicking for us,” he said.
Overall, it was a successful year for Dauphin. They overcame a slow start to finish fourth in the league with a 7-7 record, clinching home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs and made it to the semifinals.
Vendramin said consistency was the key word in describing the Brewers’ season.
“We had a lot of guys not make a lot of games this year. We had a lot of nine-man lineups that kind of hurt us a lot, I think,” he said, adding he hopes to correct that next season and invited anyone interested in playing to join the team.
“We would welcome anybody to come out and join the Brewers next season,” he said.
Vendramin wished Neepawa luck in the finals, stating they deserved to win the series.

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER
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