Sunday afternoon at Ross Wells Park, the Moose Jaw U18 AAA Canucks had the tying run at the plate but couldn't get the final hit across in a 6-3 loss to the Regina Wolfpack.
The Canucks have been playing a lot of close games of late, and this one was no exception.
Canucks head coach Ray Wareham praised the gutsy performance on the mound from starter Dylan Reed.
"We battled back and we were down 3-0, D.R. didn't have his best stuff but he gutted out five innings for us," Wareham said. "And then (we) came back, tied it up and a couple of little mental mistakes and it snowballs."
Reed went five innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out two and allowing three earned runs. Cam O'Reilly went the rest of the way on the mound for Moose Jaw.
The Canucks have gone 3-13 on the season with only a pair of games left. But the wins and losses haven't taken into account that their last four losses have been by a total of six runs.
"Since the first week and a half or so we've been pretty good," said Wareham. "We're making mistakes that cost us, but they're just mental mistakes. Errors are going to happen once in a while when you're a young team and inexperienced."
Canucks infielder Kaedyn Banilevic had a great day at the plate Sunday, getting a pair of hits and two RBI.
"We've been improving on defence, a lot better than the start of the year so we've definitely improved in that area, and we're finally starting to make contact on the ball," Banilevic said.
Wolfpack pitcher Joe Stawarz was dominant at times, striking out 10 in six and one third innings and scattering six hits and three runs. At the plate, Michael Hom hit a double and a triple and scored two runs for Regina.
The Canucks next action in their second last game of the season is Monday night at Ross Wells Park against the Regina Athletics. The first pitch is at 7.