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Lakers, Brewers open SCBL regular season

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The Santa Clara Baseball League’s regular season got underway last Wednesday with four games, including the Ebb and Flow Lakers opening the season with a 6-5 win over the Dauphin Brewers.
Mark Houle picked up the win for the Lakers, going four innings and giving up three hits and two runs with one walk and six strikeouts. He also hit three batters.
Eric Archambault pitched the final three innings, allowing the Brewers to score three runs on five hits, while striking out two.
Johnny Baptiste and Farron Guiboche led the Lakers with two hits each and Jason Richard had two runs-batted-in.
Logan Lytwyn took the loss, going 4-1/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, two walks and one hit batter, while striking out three. Mitch Popiel pitched the final 1-2/3 innings, giving up a hit and a walk.
Lakers coach Brian Houle said it was a nice way to start the season and credited the starter for pitching a solid game.
“Mark was doing pretty good. But since it was his first game, we didn’t want to (leave) him in there all through the game. We had a couple of pitchers waiting,” he said.
Overall, Houle was pleased with every aspect of the Lakers’ game.
“The batting has come and Mark was doing good,” he said.
Brewers coach Darius Vendramin felt Lytwyn and Popiel kept the Brewers in the game, giving them a chance to make a comeback.
“A couple of key errors made them throw to a couple of extra (batters). But the guys and the bats brought it today. We just couldn’t get those baserunners off those bases,” he said.
Overall, Vendramin felt it was a great game, noting the Brewers were missing a couple of key players. But he was especially pleased with the hurlers.
“Popiel hit the mitt really hard today. He was throwing really good. The same with Logan. Logan threw a really good game, he just didn’t have much help behind him today. I know a couple of key guys that had errors are really down on themselves. They’ve just got to dig themselves out of it,” he said.
Both teams were in action on Friday.
The Lakers fell 9-2 to the Plumas Pirates in Plumas, while the Brewers dropped a 4-2 decision to the Minnedosa Mavericks in their home opener.
Houle said it was a totally different game from Wednesday’s season opener. Archie McIvor started and was pitching well until the defence fell apart in the fifth inning.
“The boys were hitting good. It was tied 1-1 and then we went up 2-1 and then we fell apart,” he said.
In the fifth, the Lakers caught a Plumas baserunner in a run down, but a runner at third scored on the play.
“That’s where it fell apart,” Houle said.
Ebb and Flow’s next game is Wednesday in Carberry against the Royals. It will be the second of five straight games on the road.
Houle said the defence will have to be better than it was against Plumas.
“The boys were hitting good, but then defensively, something went wrong,” he said.
All six runs in the Minnedosa-Dauphin game came in the first inning.
Lee Kindret started on the hill for Dauphin and got off to a rough start, loading the bases on a pair of walks and an error. A third walk brought in the game’s first run and then a double cleared the bases, giving Minnedosa a 4-0 lead.
Kindret settled down after that. He gave up two hits, both in the first inning, though he walked five and hit two batters. He loaded the bases with two out in the seventh on a pair of hit batters and a walk, but he got out of that jam with his sixth strikeout of the game.
The Brewers managed just three hits and five walks and never really threatened after the first inning.
Vendramin gave credit to Kindret for recovering from a rough start and keeping the Brewers in it.
“He had a rough start, but we let him battle and he did pretty good for us,” he said.
The Brewers struggled offensively. When they did get runners on base, they just could not bring them around to score.
“We just couldn’t get on the sticks today. We had a few baserunners left on again. Just having those timely hits is key,” Vendramin said.
Both teams were solid defensively, with only one error between them.
The Brewers will look for their first win, Friday when they visit the Carberry Royals in Carberry. On Sunday, they face the Plumas Pirates in Plumas.

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER
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