Pearce McDonald walks back to the dugout with the lead, and ultimately the win over the Carman Cardinals Friday, June 22 in Carman. (THOMAS FRIESEN, Morden Times)
With two weeks left before the playoffs, the Border Baseball League defending champions are rolling.
The Morden Mohawks scored two in the final inning to defeat the Carman Cardinals 9-7 Friday, June 22 in Carman. They improve to 8-0-2 on the season.
With the Cartwright Twins upset victory over the Baldur Regals that night, the Mohawks have a two-game lead for first place.
Pearce McDonald was key in the Mohawks’ win, hitting a two-RBI single in the 7th to take the lead before closing out his complete game on the mound.
“I’ve been struggling at the plate lately, so it was nice to come up big with the game on the line,” said McDonald.
“There was nobody in the (bullpen), but that’s alright. I’ve pitched complete games before.”
Mohawks coach Brent Laverty took notice.
“In big games, when he’s called upon, he delivers,” Laverty said of McDonald.
Laverty’s squad can lock up the top seed in the playoffs this week, but he knows that doesn’t mean too much in this league.
“In a league like this where you have a bunch of great teams, nothing is guaranteed,” said Laverty.
“On any given night, any team can win. It brings out the best in both teams every single night.”
Around the League
With every team making the playoffs, the regular season is a chance to figure opponents out, and battle for favourable playoff matchups.
Clearwater helped themselves out, picking up their first win over the Killarney Lakers this week. The win might help keep them away from a first-round matchup with the defending champions.
Carman nearly took that Mohawks team down, coming up a few hits short. Still, they showed they are capable of beating anyone, and have had a bunch of close games across the league.
Winkler and Pilot Mound, who are currently set to meet in the playoffs, had their game postponed Friday. Their potential playoff preview has yet to be rescheduled.
Though there are only a few weeks to go, every team can still move up or down as many as three spots in the standings.
“That’s what you want in a league,” said Laverty.