Rory Gregoire’s fifth inning RBI was all reliever Darvin Scheidl needed, as he tossed two and two thirds scoreless innings to lift the North Battlefords Beavers to a 4-3 win over the Meadow Lake Sox in North Saskatchewan River Baseball League (NSRLB) action on Monday night at the Ken Nelson Field.
The Beavers improved to 4-2-1 this season to remain atop the Albers Division in the NSRBL standings one full game up on Meadow Lake (4-4) who have lost three games in a row.
North Battleford starter Quinton Cubbon went four and a third innings for the home team giving up three runs before being lifted for Scheidl who picked up his second win of the season.
Sox veteran Quincy Winkler (1-2) was tagged with the loss after going the distance and allowing four runs.
“It was a hard fought win tonight,” Beaver Head Coach Ryan Shepard said following the contest. “We got timely hits and our defense has really improved this year so it’s kept our runs against down considerably so far.”
The Beavers never trailed in the contest, scoring two in the first inning before the Sox clawed back to tie it at two in the top of the third. Ryan Shepard’s RBI single gave the Beavers a brief 3-2 lead in the fourth before Meadow Lake tied it at 3-3 in the top of the fifth.
Jared Inkster had three walks in three plate appearances and picked up two RBI’s, while Brad Eischon had a pair of walks, a single and a run batted in to complete the scoring.
The Beavers will have a couple of days off before their Thursday night showdown with the Battlefords Trappers at the Ken Nelson Field.
“It’s going to be a fun game to play on Thursday night for sure,” Shepard added. “The Trappers have a good team and it’s nice to have another team from the Battlefords to play against to form a rivalry.”
First pitch on Thursday night is 7:30 p.m.
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