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Another sweep makes it eight straight

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Trojans pitcher Matt Boychuk connects perfectly to send a ball all the way to the fence to score three runs in game two against the Blues Thursday night in Portage la Prairie. Portage swept the doubleheader. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

Trojans pitcher Matt Boychuk connects perfectly to send a ball all the way to the fence to score three runs in game two against the Blues Thursday night in Portage la Prairie. Portage swept the doubleheader. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

The win streak has been extended to eight.

The PCI Trojans baseball team’s dominance of the Zone 4 Baseball League continued Thursday night when the boys handed Mennonite Collegiate Institute a couple of losses, 10-0 and 12-1, in a doubleheader held at Rotary Republic Park in Portage la Prairie.

PCI won 10-0 in the first game thanks to a big second inning when the boys hammered home six runs. The offensive onslaught was led by Joey Moffatt, Chance Dickenson, Garrett Maly, and Matt Tompkins who all registered an RBI in the inning. Ryan Botterill picked up the win for PCI in the first victory. He pitched three and a third innings and allowed zero runs on two hits, striking out four batters in the process. PCI had a total of nine hits with Dickenson, Kian Calder and Tompkins each scoring multiple hits. Dickenson went 3-for-3. 

"We hit the ball on the nose a little more today which is encouraging,” says Dewis. “We’re almost at the halfway point of the year so we need to keep trending in the right direction and it seems like we are."

The second game ended up a blowout as in PCI’s favour as the team’s bats came to life in the third inning when pitcher Matt Boychuk hit a 3 run triple to make it 6-3. He went two innings with one run and five strikeouts during his time on the mound. Lane Blight saw his first action pitching when he was brought in as relief and recorded the last nine outs to earn the save for PCI. Tanner Boyle led Portage at the plate with two hits. The Trojans didn’t commit a single error in game two, that’s the second game this season the team went error-free.

“I was a little shaky at the start but once I found my groove I was good,” says Bligh, who won the game with an amazing pick-off throw to second base. “I knew he had a big lead and the whole time and I was waiting to hear from the infield and I decided to throw over there.”

The Trojans welcome the WC Miller Aces to Portage for a doubleheader Monday for their next Zone 4 match. The boys are in Altona this weekend for a tournament with three guaranteed games.


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