Following a disappointing 11-9 loss to the Regina Whitesox on Saturday, June 15, the Williston Keybirds (6-7) closed out the TruWealth Financial Tournament with a 9-3 triumph over the Saskatoon Giants on June 16 at Ardean Aafedt Stadium.
Williston’s offense was able to get off to a solid start, manufacturing a pair of runs in the first inning as Jaxson Meyer and Chance Johnson recorded sacrifice flies on consecutive at-bats. Then in the third, the Keybirds scored two more runs on the strength of an RBI single by Meyer, followed by Garret Hill crossing the plate from third base on a wild pitch. At that point, the Keybirds held a 4-3 edge in a tightly contest seesaw battle.
The Keybirds blew the game open in the fifth as they posted four runs in the frame. Once again, Meyer came through with an RBI single to get the rally started. In the next at-bat, Johnson responded with an RBI single of his own to give Williston a 6-3 lead. Then with two men down, Zach Carson hit a line drive double to center field which scored two more runs for the Keybirds.
Williston’s offense totaled 10 hits in the game, and Meyer and Johnson each drove in three runs. On the mound, Brady Aberle was the winning pitcher as he went six full innings for Williston, allowing two earned runs of five hits while striking out six. By virtue of the win, the Keybirds secured a third place finish in tournament play.
Up next for Williston, they are scheduled to take on the Colorado Lightning on the road on Wednesday, June 19.