Trojans split with Blues

By Dan Falloon, Portage Daily Graphic

The Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans came close to sweeping the Mennonite Collegiate Institute Blues in Altona on Monday.

The Trojans won the first game of the Zone 4 doubleheader 6-3, but were edged 5-4 in the second game of the twin bill.

In Game 1, the Trojans scored two in the second before piling on with deuces in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Trojans coach Jay Dewis said the Blues made some blunders in the field that helped PCI (3-4-1) to the win.

"We got our runs late," said Dewis. "We ran into them making some errors and we had a couple key hits at good times."

The Trojans scored in the middle innings in Game 2, plating a run in the second, two in the third, and three in the fourth. However, PCI stranded runners on all three bags in the second and fifth.

"We had three good opportunities to pull ahead," said Dewis. "We had the tying run on third and the winning run on second (in the fifth).

"We definitely had out opportunities. We just couldn't come back with the timely hit."

Even averaging a run an inning, Dewis said the club could pack more punch at the plate.

"They did OK. There's room for improvement, for sure," said Dewis. "We benefited from some of their errors.

"We'll get some batting practice in on Wednesday and hopefully get swinging the bats like we can again."

Patrick Beaudette picked up the win in the first game, pitching three innings before Jason Kirkland came on in relief. In the second game, Johl Swedlo started in Game 2 before Kirkland wrapped up the final two innings.

For more, please see Tuesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.

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