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Swan River Reds open season at home

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The Swan River Reds opened their season at home on Orville Minish Field last Sunday evening (May 28).

Playing through high winds and threats of rain, the young team faced the Canora Supras in a 9-2 loss.

“We had a couple of nice bright spots. I wasn’t leaving our pitchers in any longer than we had to because none of them have thrown a lot yet this year,” said Reds Manager Scott Schneider.

“Nick Arp threw the first three innings and he threw very well. Then, we put in rookie Gavin Ferland to see what he could do. He threw a really good first inning and then ran into a little trouble in his second inning, giving up six runs.

“Nicholas Schneider scored the first run for us when he was driven in by Riley Morden in the fourth,” continued Schneider.

At that point the team was down 7-1 going into the sixth.

“Morden then hit a home run, giving us back to back doubles,” Schneider said.

“I thought it went very well considering we have a very youthful pitching staff and there are a good number of new team members that I have never seen play before. With that, you are trying to figure out their abilities as you go along. But, if we can keep these young guys coming out, they have some good basic skills and they are keen to play.”

The competition level in the South East Senior Baseball League is high and the Reds don’t have the years of experience that many of the other clubs have.

“Baseball was only reinjected into the community a little more than 10 years ago so we’re just now getting players with a strong background from their youth,” said Schneider.

“Into the next games we need to look at limiting our mistakes and not giving the teams chances to score. If we can do that and can improve our hitting we will be competitive.”

Up Next

The Reds travel for a rematch tonight (May 30) in Canora and then to Grandview on June 2 and Yorkton on June 4. Their next home games won’t take place until June 9, 10 and 11 when they host an action packed weekend of back-to-back games.

“We have a very condensed schedule in June,” said Schneider. “The regular season has to be wrapped up by the end of June and we started late in May.

“It’s not ideal with a limited pitching staff but we’ll have to make it work.”