Beavers force decisive third game vs. Cardinals

By Nathan Kanter
July 17, 2017 - 10:00am Updated: July 17, 2017 - 1:53pm

Don't count out the North Battleford Beavers just yet.

After losing 10-1 to the Unity Cardinals in their North Saskatchewan River Baseball League playoff opener last Wednesday, they rebounded well with 10 runs yesterday in a 10-5 win to force a game three on Monday, July 17.

The winner of tonight's game will move on to the league semifinals, while the loser will see their season end, as all opening round series are a best two-of-three.

A key for this evening's game will be cashing in when runners are on base. That plagued the Beavers in their loss but didn't seem to be the case yesterday.

Two of the other first-round series will also need a game three to decide the winner. 

The Wilkie Brewers and Lloydminster Twins are all squared up at one, after each team won on home soil last week. Same goes for the Standard Hill Lakers and Macklin Lakers. Both of those games are scheduled for tomorrow evening.

If the Beavers do win, they will have to face the top-seeded Border City Blue Jays in the second round, as the Beavers would be the lowest seed left.

In other NSRBL news, team MVP's were announced last week.

Kyle Palmer was nominated from the Beavers, Tryus Thompson was nominated from the Trappers, and Jordan Oystrick was nominated from the Meadow Lake Sox.

Other nominees were Rhett Feser from the Unity Cardinals, Jerad Coghill from the Border City Blue Jays, Cole Kustaski from the Lloydminster Twins, Scott Thompson from the St. Walburg Reds, Matt Lyon from the Macklin Lakers, Aaron Chrapko from the Midwest Expos, Carson Gray from the Mervin Flyers, Brett Harrison from the Standard Hill Lakers, Cody Wilgenbusch from the Wilkie Brewers, and Jared Blaquiere from the Edam Blue Sox.


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