The unbelievable run for the Moose Jaw Major AAA All-Stars continues as they booked their ticket to the finals at the Canadian Regional's winning 5-2 over Calgary West for their sixth-straight win.
Kaiden Gadd played the hero, bringing home the winning run in the top of the sixth inning with a one-out double. Zaid Guillaume would follow that up with an RBI triple to extend the lead to 4-2, and would later score on a wild pitch, making the final 5-2.
The game was closer than the score appeared with Moose Jaw’s offense only scoring in the first and sixth innings.
Moose Jaw wasted no time getting at the Alberta starting pitcher in the top of the first inning. The “Flow Bros” Luke Pratte and Neal Kohl got things rolling. Pratte took the first pitch he saw deep to the gap in centre field with a lead-off double, and would later get to third base after a wild pitch.
After Cohen Symak grounded out for the first out of the game, heavy-hitter Neal Kohl would bring home Pratte with an RBI double to put Moose Jaw up 1-0. With two outs, Emery Schoenroth hit a towering flyball to third base, which the defender would drop – losing it in the sun, scoring Kohl for the 2-0 lead.
Dillon Flanagan would get the start on the mound for the All-Stars, pitching a complete game, allowing only two runs on seven hits, and striking out three.
With already one out, Alberta would take Flanagan deep to centre field for a double. The next batter would hit an RBI single putting the team from Calgary on the board 2-1.
Flanagan was able to get out of the jam after Alberta put two men on with two outs, he was able to get the sixth batter of the inning to fly out for the third out.
Following the first inning, both defenses came alive making spectacular catches, and MLB-type throws to help their respective clubs.
In the second inning, Zaid Guillaume led off with a double but was later stranded.
Alberta would threaten in their half of the second inning, but Moose Jaw’s superb defense was able to get Flanagan out of the inning unscathed.
Moose Jaw would go three-up-three-down in the top of the third inning, still leading 2-1.
Calgary West would lead off the bottom of the third with a walk, but Flanagan showed his poise by striking out the next two batters and forcing a groundout, which would leave yet another Alberta baserunner stranded.
Kaiden Gadd would get some momentum going for Moose Jaw with a two-out single, and then pinch hitter Jackson Boyle would follow that up with a single to put two on. Unfourantey Boyle was left stranded after Gadd was caught stealing third base to finish the top of the fourth.
Moose Jaw would go scoreless in their half of the fifth inning. Alberta would tie the game in the fifth inning. With two on and only one out, a flyout would bring home the run from third base, but Moose Jaw would get the third out, as a great heads-up play by the pitcher Flanagan throwing out the second baserunner stealing third.
The All-Stars threatened in the top of the sixth inning with two-straight one-out singles by Emery Schoenroth, and Trey Symak to put two men on base.
Kaiden Gadd would bring home the go-ahead run with a double to left field to put Moose Jaw up 3-2, with still two men on and only one out. Alberta would be forced to pull their starter after throwing the maximum 85 pitches.
After Symak was called out stealing home, Zaid Guillaume would crush a two-out triple to expand the lead to 4-2. Guillaume would later come home after a wild pitch would put Moose Jaw up 5-2. Flanagan along with his defense would get the final three outs they needed to advance to the finals.
Guillaume went two-for-two at the plate with a double, triple, and an RBI. Gadd also went two-for-two at the plate with a double and an RBI. Pratte, Kohl, Schoenroth, Smyak, Boyle, and Flanagan all picked up hits in the win.
Moose Jaw will face the winner of the other semi-final, who has the 6-0 BC team, taking on the 3-3 Rocky Mountain Little League. The finals are Friday at 11 a.m.
The last time a Moose Jaw Little League team was in the National Final was back in 2003.