Moose Jaw Ice drops pair of U16 A fastpitch games against Saints

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Regina wins 7-5 in extra inning in game 1 of the doubles program, scores in the final inning to win 7-6 in game 2

The doubles programs don’t come much closer than what the Moose Jaw Ice and Regina Saints mustered in the Regina U16 A minor softball game on Sunday afternoon.

The Saints scored two runs in an extra inning to claim a 7-5 win in the opener at Optimist Park before scoring in the final inning of Game 2 for a 7-6 victory.

The Ice trailed 3-1 in four innings in the opener, but scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to give the advantage 5-3. Regina did manage to tie the game in the next inning, however, and would get the production of the bottom of their order in the extra frame as their eight and nine batters hit the base and come in to score the victory and insurance markers.

Makenna Simmons led the offense with a 2v5 outing that included a treble in the fifth and a pair of runs scored. Katie Newberry has reached base three times and was 1v2 with a run; Callie Klemenz went 2-for-2 and also crossed the plate.

Ice starter Waverley Demassi put in a great performance in the circle in the rematch, allowing just one run and scattering four hits in four innings of work, striking out eight in the process.

Unfortunately for the home side, the Saints starter was just as effective, also limiting Moose Jaw to just one point in the first four frames.

Both attacks worked in the final innings, as Regina would take a 5-2 lead in the fifth, only to see Moose Jaw come back with three runs in the very next quarter.

Things were all tied at six with the Saints as the home team in the bottom of the seventh, with a walk and a double bringing the winning run to third. A pitch at the base would go wrong and Regina would score the winning point.

Paige Litzenberger was 2-for-3 at home plate with two runs scored, while Aubrey Clarke was 2-for-3 with a two-run triple in the sixth.

The Ice are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Regina for a doubles program with the Saints and Royals.

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