Mohawks Finish Second at Provincial Tournament
Posted August 14, 2017
The Morden Mohawks had the tying run 90 feet away from home plate in the bottom of the 7th and final inning but couldn't cash it in as they lost 4-3 to the Boissevain Centennials in the Championship Game at the Manitoba Senior AA Provincials in Neepawa.
The Tribe opened the tournament Friday night with a 16-1 win over the Portage Padres in only 5 innings as the 10-run mercy rule was applied. Blake Hartry started for the Mohawks on the mound and took the win. The second Round Robin game was Saturday morning against the Brandon Cardinals. Taylor Bramwell who was picked up for the tournament from the Cartwright Twins, started for the Tribe on the hill. Bramwell fell victim to 5 unearned runs, as the Cardinals went on to win 5-3.
With the Mohawks record at 1-1, they entered the last Round Robin game against Boissevain in a must-win situation. The Mohawks were down 3-2 going into the 7th inning but the Mohawks pushed 6 runs across the plate to take the lead 8-3, which would stand as the final score. Derek Holenski pitched a complete game for the win, and for the second straght game the Mohawks' pitchers didn't allow an earned run. With the win that meant Morden, Boissevain, and Brandon were all 2-1, but on the tie-breaking formula, Morden would finish first in the pool and Boissevain would finish second.
Over in the other pool, the Oak River Dodgers went 3-0 in the Round Robin to finish first, and Pilot Mound second with a 2-1 record. This set up an interesting Sunday as both Semi-Finals would be between two teams who would play each other in the their respective league finals. Oak River actually swept Boissevain in the Southwest Baseballl League Finals that wrapped up earlier last week. Pilot Mound and the Mohawks start their Championship series on Wednesday.
In the Semi-Final, Pilot Mound jumped out to a 2-0 lead early on. Morden got a run back on a deep homerun by Emmanuel Lantigua. Both pitchers seem to settle in after that and it wasn't until the bottom of the 6th inning that the Mohawks scored 4 runs to take a 5-2 lead. Pilot Mound would get 2 runs back in the top of the 7th, but the tying run was thrown out at the plate by pickup Andrew Lochhead from the Killarney Lakers. Pearce McDonald threw a complete game for the Tribe and held on for the win.
Boissevain held on to a big early lead in the other Semi-Final, and outlasted Oak River 8-6. Setting up the second game between the Centennials and the Mohawks in 24 hours.
Blake Hartry started for the Mohawks on the mound, and surrender 2 runs in each of the first two innings. The Mohawks did answer with one of their own in the bottom of the first inning. The score stayed 4-1 until the bottom of the 7th. There the Tribe rallied to score 2 runs, but failed to cash in the tying run, which was standing on thrid base.
Along with Bramwell and Lochhead, the Mohawks also picked up Raegan Johnson from the Baldur Regals who caught all five games in the tournament, and Bryce Enns from the Cartwright Twins, who played some second base and served as the designated hitter as well.
The Mohawks will be back in action on Wednesday night, as they will start the Border West Baseball League Championship Series in Pilot Mound against the Pilots, first pitch is 6:30pm. Game Two, will go Thursday night at Buhler Field in Morden, also with a 6:30pm start time.