The Weyburn Beavers played their final regular season game at home Tuesday night against the Melville Millionaires. No matter the outcome of the game, the Beavers were going to playoffs and the Millionaires were not, so there wasn’t much on the line. However, the game wasn’t without its epic highlights.
In the top of the first, the Millionaires were able to score two runs, but those were the only runs they scored the entire game. The Beavers quickly put up four of their own in the bottom of the first with Tyler Scott hitting a single to right field to bring Garrett Perez home and Jack Barrie hitting one of his infamous home runs which earned three runs. This was Barrie’s 19th home run of the season. Barrie continued to set his team up for success by hitting a double to left field to allow Scott to come home in the bottom of the second. Things got really exciting with back-to-back one man dingers by Ryan Gaab and Dominic Bravo at the bottom of the third. That inning also saw Perez and Scott earn runs. Already up 9-2, the Beaver didn’t let up and scored another five runs before the end of the game.
Another big highlight from that game was that Perez officially became the record holder for the most bases stolen in a single season for the WCBL league with 39 and counting.
The Weyburn Beavers are back in action on Thursday to start the first round of playoffs. Their opponent is the Swift Current 57’s with the 57’s having home field advantage first on Thursday. The two teams will then meet at Tom Laing Park on Friday. If required, they will play the third game in Swift Current on Saturday.
Previous to their game on Tuesday, the Weyburn Beavers played nine games between July 29-August 5. They started the week by playing three away games in a row which resulted in a 8-3 loss and a 9-3 loss to the Regina Red Sox on Monday and Tuesday, and a 7-1 loss to the Yorkton Cardinals. Thursday’s game was a victorious 10-3 at home win against the Melville Millionaires. The Millionaires played host the following day where the Beavers fell 11-2. From Saturday-Monday the Beavers played four games against the Moose Jaw Miller Express. On Saturday they travelled to Moose Jaw and won 9-8. The team returned to Moose Jaw on Sunday to play a double header and they won both games 6-4 and 3-2.
For their fourth game in a row against one another, the Beavers acted as host for the Miller Express on Monday.
The Miller Express was first to get on the board and had two runs up before Perez was able to earn one point for his team in the bottom of the third.
The fifth inning saw the Miller Express earn two runs, but the Beavers answered back scoring five runs. With bases fully loaded, Barrie stepped up to bat and was walked to first giving Carson Hauk a free pass to come home. While Dominic Sere was at bat, a wild pitch was thrown allowing Perez to score. Sere then hit a single to right field and due to some defensive errors made by the Miller Express, both Drake Pilat and Barrie were able to round third. Now ahead of their opponent, the Beavers were able to increase the score gap to two after Justin Summers advanced to first which brought Sere home.
The Miller Express gave the Beavers a bit of a scare in the top of the ninth by shorting the score gap to one, but a fantastic catch made by Pilat allowed him to get the third out by tagging out a Miller Express player who was trying stealing home plate. The Beavers walked away with a close 6-5 victory.