The Estevan TS&M Tornados are off to a good start on home turf.
The peewee AA club won both ends of a doubleheader against Melville in their home debut on Sunday at Cactus Park.
In their first game, the Tornados needed only five innings to paste the visitors 16-5.
Shae Little got the start for Estevan, with Zack Miller, Brady Long and Kale Martens coming on in relief.
Jordan Stein had a base hit and an over-the-fence home run, while Long added a pair of singles.
Tornados head coach Landon Lafrentz said he was “thrilled” with his team’s performance.
“They played just awesome. I was really, really happy,” he said.
“The bats were alive and the defence was strong and they were just good all-around.”
He said the key was that everyone chipped in and the team didn’t rely on a handful of players to supply the offence.
“No one really was just outstanding. Everybody hit and that was really what did it for us. When everybody hits, you generate a lot of runs, and that’s what we did,” said Lafrentz.
“We were patient at the plate and I told the boys, ‘if we’re patient at the plate, we can draw walks.’”
The second game was a much tighter affair as the Tornados hung on for a 6-4 win.
Estevan scored twice to take the lead in the bottom of the sixth and then shut down Melville in the seventh.
“They had baserunners though. It got pretty tight, but the defence did their job at the end,” said Lafrentz.
Brett MacMurchy, Hunter Piche and Carter Kuchinka were on the mound for the Tornados.
MacMurchy led the team at the plate with a single, double and triple, falling a home run short of the cycle.
Kuchinka and Piche each added two doubles, with Piche’s second double knocking in the game-winning run.
"The team’s really starting to come together. They’re starting to play as a team and swinging the bat. They’re being patient at the plate. You can have the best defence in the world, but if you don’t score any runs, you’re not going to win any games,” said Lafrentz.
“It’s a good start and a solid foundation, so that’s going to help out a lot.”
He said the team needs to work on smarter base-running and fine-tuning some players’ swings.
The Tornados were scheduled to play a double-header in Moose Jaw on Saturday but it was postponed because no diamond was available.
The team was set to host Weyburn last night.
The Tornados will play at the Legasse tournament in Regina this weekend.