Trojans split season-opening twin bill

By Dan Falloon, Portage Daily Graphic

The Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans jumped on the host Carman Cougars early in a 4-2 victory in the first game of Zone 4 play on Thursday.

However, the Cougars returned the favour in the second game of the doubleheader, taking an 11-5 win.

Patrick Beaudette and Jason Kirkland combined for a gem in the opener, but Kirkland, Johl Swedlo and Cole Brydges struggled in the capper.

Adam Blight paced the offence with four hits over the two five-inning games.

In the first game, PCI tallied three runs in the first inning and held on, which impressed head coach Jay Dewis.

"Just getting that good start was a confidence boost for us," said Dewis. "We were impressed with the way they made good contact at the plate.

"We hit the ball well and that part of the game went well."

As for the pitching, it was hit-and-miss from Game 1 to Game 2.

"(Beaudette) seemed to get stronger as the game went along," said Dewis. "That was encouraging."

"Game 2, we had trouble getting the ball over and walked a lot of guys. We got into some trouble."

In the second game, Dewis said the Cougars were able to cross the plate in a fairly rhythmic fashion.

"They did get some runs early. We walked some guys and had a couple miscues in the field," said Dewis. "They scored consistently throughout the game."

Dewis said now that he's seen the team in game action, he has a better focus of what the team needs to work on heading into next Thursday's doubleheader against the Morden Thunder at Republic of Manitobah Park.

"We'll look at some situational things that we'll need to clean up - throwing to the right base, hitting the cut-off man," said Dewis. "As well, we'll get our pitchers some more work. It was a tough night for them to throw, being so cold and being hard on the arms.

"Hopefully we'll get some time early next week to practice going into Thursday."

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