Vauxhall, AB –
The Jets continued their success in the Haven Agencies Invitational Tournament the past two days with three victories. The final scores in these games would read: VAB 11 PBF 6, VAB 10 Medicine Hat 2, VAB 6 Great Falls 1. With those three victories the Jets will play in the tournament final at 4pm Sunday against a yet to be determined opponent.
VAB 11 PBF 6
Baigent: 4 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Davis: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Zarowny 2-4 2B, RBI; Kendall 1-4 2B, RBI; Fagnan 1-4 RBI; Adams 0-4; McGeein 2-4; Mazurkewich 1-4 RBI; Benn 1-3 2 RBI, HBP; Balog 1-2 2B, RBI, 2 BB; St Jean 2-4 RBI, BB
The Jets Friday night contest against Pro Baseball Force (Calgary, AB) was an up and down affair. PBF would jump out to an early 5-0 in the 1st inning aided by three consecutive Jets errors. The Jets would continue to trail until the bottom of the 3rd inning when they would manage to push across 9 runs in the inning anchored by run scoring doubles from Tyler Kendall, Matt Benn, and Blair Balog. In all the Jets would have 8 hits in the inning, 6 of which would score at least a run. The Jets would add 2 more in the following inning and that would be all for the ballgame as starting pitcher Mark Baigent would settle in nicely and make it through 4 innings to take the win. Archie Davis would follow Baigent and work a clean three innings for the save.
VAB 10 Medicine Hat 2
Mayo: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 4 K
Adams: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Zarowny 0-3 HBP; Kendall 3-4 RBI; Adams 2-4 2B, 3B, 2RBI; Fagnan 2-4 2 HR, 4 RBI; McGeein 3-4 3 2B; Balog 1-3 BB; Benn 0-3; Wallace 0-2 HBP; St Jean 0-2 BB, RBI
The Jets Saturday morning game against the Medicine Hat Moose Monarchs was never in doubt as the Jets would score early and often on their way to a 10-2 victory. Highlights of the game were Jeremie Fagnan and the middle of the Jets lineup putting up big numbers, Zach Mayo pitching quickly and effectively for 5 strong innings, and the Jets defense playing solid throughout the game making only a single error. The Jets 2-3-4-5 hitters in the game would combine to go 10-16 in the game with a total of 7 extra base hits and 7 RBI’s. Jeremie Fagnan would have a big game going 2-4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s. Zach Mayo threw a solid 5 innings pitching ahead in the count and getting outs early in the count as well. It was one of his better starts of the year and a great way to rebound from a tough outing last weekend against Okotoks. Greg Adams threw 2 innings in relief against his summer ball team to wrap it up.
VAB 6 Great Falls 1
Hodges: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
St Jean 0-2 2 BB; Kendall 1-4 RBI; Adams 2-4 2B; Fagnan 0-3 BB; McGeein 1-4 2B; Balog 1-3 2 RBI, HBP; Benn 2-4 2 2B; Wallace 1-3 RBI, BB; Mazurkewich 1-2 RBI, 2 BB
The Jets and Great Falls Chargers have turned into a bit of a rivalry over the years due to the Vauxhall tournament and tonight’s game had a buzz around it with numerous VAB alumni in the stands. It was a pitcher’s duel for the most part with the first run of the game not coming until the bottom of the 3rd inning when the Chargers would score their only run. The Chargers starter stifled the Jets with good command, and two solid pitches until the top of 5 when the Jets would push 3 runs across and take the lead for good. Another run in the 6th, and two more in the 7th would allow the Jets to win the ball game 6-1. The story of the night was Chad Hodges as he threw a complete game victory for the second consecutive weekend. This time around he only would walk 2 and strike out 7 as he constantly kept the ball low in the zone and got outs early in the count . He would leave 9 runners stranded making big pitches when it mattered and finishing the ballgame with a bang by striking out the final two hitters he would face. The win leaves the Jets at 4-0 for the weekend and a chance to win it all Sunday afternoon, 4pm at Jets Stadium.
With three more victories the Jets record is now 19 wins, 8 losses, and a tie. The final will be held today at 4pm. Check back later tonight for a full recap of the final and full scores from other games throughout the weekend. Also, you can follow on Twitter @VABjets for other game scores and Jets play by play during games.