By Marcia Love
The Mohawks put two more wins on the board in the last week after taking on the Cabri River Rats and Gull Lake Greyhounds.
Hosting the Greyhounds on Monday evening, Maple Creek hung onto its lead for a 6-5 victory – this following a nail-biting 2-1 win over Cabri last Thursday.
In Monday’s game, the Mohawks had an excellent start, bringing in three runs in the bottom of the first. After the Greyhounds got in one run in the second, Maple Creek got three more in the bottom of the second for a 6-1 lead.
Gull Lake managed two more runs in the top of the third and two more in the fourth. But they couldn’t topple Maple Creek, who earned a 6-5 win.
Coach Al Fournier said the team had to scrape for the win.
“We made a few errors early, that’s what kept them in the game, but their pitching was pretty good,” he said.
Starter Houston Doig pitched five innings, with closer Dalton Kaake pitching the last two.
In Cabri last week, the game was highlighted by an excellent pitching match-up. Kaake pitched a complete game.
“Their pitcher struck out 14 guys and we just managed to scrape four hits and got a couple runs late, then hung on,” Fournier recalled. “We didn’t make one error the whole game, and that was the difference in the game. That was a great, great win.”
Kirk Heaviland is playing his first season with the Mohawks, travelling from Swift Current. It’s been a while since he played for a team, but he’s happy with the Mohawks’ good effort each game – especially in tight situations like the last week.
“We battled through and everyone played good and contributed,” he said.
With the Mohawks only losing one game so far this season, they’re in a good position with six games left until playoffs.
“We’re finding ways to win and it’s a great way to be 5-1 going into the second half of the season,” the coach said. “We’re going to need it.”
Cabri will be in Maple Creek on Monday to face the Mohawks at 6:30 p.m.