Undermanned Broncos empty tank but come up just short vs. rival Pats

REGINA – Time has run out on the undermanned and overworked Swift Current Broncos.

Without scoring winger Tyler Steenbergen for the second straight game and playing for the 101st time this season, the Broncos were eliminated from the Mastercard Memorial Cup on Wednesday.

The final blow in a winless tournament came in a 6-5 loss from the Regina Pats, who were paced by Nick Henry’s hat trick and Sam Steel’s record-setting five assists.

The win allowed the Pats to exact some revenge for the Broncos eliminating them in seven games in the first round of the WHL playoffs and handing them a 45-day pre-tourney layoff.

The Pats now move on to Friday’s semifinal against the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, while the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan get a bye into Sunday’s final.

Wednesday’s game was played in front of a raucous crowd with more than its share of Broncos fans making the 250-kilometre trip east to Saskatchewan’s capital.

It wasn’t hard to tell these provincial rivals have played each other three times in the playoffs over the last four years.

Chants of “Skin-ner, Skin-ner” rained down on Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner after the national anthem and following every goal he surrendered.

Henry got the Pats on the board first less than eight minutes into the game on a power play.

The Broncos had a great chance to tie the score shortly after. But Andrew Fyten – who got the call to replace Steenbergen on the top line with Glenn Gawdin and Aleksi Heponiemi – was stopped twice on open-net chances by Pats defenceman Brady Pouteau.

The Pats then extended their lead to 2-0 midway through the second period when Cameron Hebig netted a power-play marker.

It was the start of the teams trading goals as part of a fast-paced frame.

Gawdin scored from a sharp angle a little more than a minute later. Then came …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca


NCS baseball: Washington-Fremont stuns Northgate

WALNUT CREEK – If Washington High goes on to capture the North Coast Section Division II baseball title, it will be Wednesday’s first-round game that the Huskies will most likely remember.

Twelfth-seeded Washington earned an improbable 2-1, 10-inning win over the No. 5 Broncos when Jared Ngo drove home Trevor Tosh with a double to deep left at Northgate’s Ted Abbott Field. Three innings of shutout relief by Samuel Hoeven proved to be just as important.

Next up for the Huskies is a Saturday meeting at No. 4 seed Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo on Saturday at 1 p.m. Drake advanced by beating Arroyo 1-0.

“I said this win today went to Johnny Whole-Staff, all 21 guys,” Washington coach Michael Sewell said. “We kept plugging away and stayed positive the entire time.”

For Northgate, which finished the season 18-6, this was a game coach Tom Jochner and his staff will play back many times while trying to figure out how they didn’t win.

The Broncos outhit Washington 10-6. Northgate drew six walks compared to one for the Huskies. Washington made four errors compared to none for Northgate.

But the number that really mattered for Northgate was 16. That was how many runners Northgate left on base. Twice the Broncos left the bases loaded – in the second and the fifth.

Washington finally pulled it out in the 10th while racing to beat a setting sun.

The rally began with one out when Tosh struck out but reached first when the third strike bounced in the dirt for a wild pitch. Tosh than stole second on another hard-to-handle pitch. He came home on the long double by Ngo, a junior outfielder who came in with only two hits in nine at-bats all season. The RBI was his first.

“It was a curveball kinda inside,” Ngo said.

Hoeven, the winning pitcher, didn’t have …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


A’s home struggles continue in 1-0 loss to Mariners

OAKLAND — The A’s continue to struggle scoring runs at Rickey Henderson Field, named for the man who scored more runs than anyone in baseball history.

After Wednesday night’s 1-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners in front of a season-low 6,991 fans, the A’s have failed to plate more than two runs in seven consecutive home games.

And this is a team that averaged six runs per outing on a 10-game road trip through Sunday that featured series vs. the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.

On the day the club placed slugger Khris Davis (sprained right groin) on the 10-day disabled list, the A’s completed their sixth straight game at the Coliseum without a home run. They hit 19 homers while going 7-3 on the East Coast road swing.

Their most recent homer at home? A two-run shot by Davis in the 12th inning to beat the Orioles 2-0 back on May 5.

Davis won’t be around to help for at least the rest of this homestand. Three days after he was injured on a check swing at Toronto, Davis said he wasn’t feel much pain but had no quarrel with the team’s cautious approach to his recovery.

“I could probably come back before 10 days but they just don’t want me limping out there. They want me at full strength,” Davis said. “I know at any moment it could flare up. I just want to make sure I’m healthy.”

“These things are a little bit delicate to come back from,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I am encouraged about the way he’s felt the last couple days. But we don’t want these things to drag on.”

The right-handed hitting slugger is batting just .235 but he’s hit a team-leading 13 home runs and his 38 RBIs are third in the American League. …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


NCS softball: Wednesday’s scores, updated schedule

Division I

First round

No. 8 College Park 10, No. 9 American 2

No. 4 Amador Valley 9, No. 13 Mt. Eden 0

No. 5 Castro Valley 10, No. 12 Clayton Valley Charter 6

No. 7 James Logan 6, No. 10 Alhambra 1

Byes: No. 1 Freedom, No. 2 Heritage, No. 3 Foothill

Friday’s quarterfinals

No. 8 College Park (14-9) at No. 1 Freedom (20-1), 5 p.m.

No. 5 Castro Valley (16-8) at. No. 4 Amador Valley (20-5-1), 5 p.m.

No. 7 James Logan (19-4) vs.No. 2 Heritage (16-3), 5 p.m.

No. 6 California (19-7) at No. 3 Foothill (22-3), 4 p.m.

Division II

First round

No. 1 San Marin 4, No. 16 Las Lomas 0

No. 9 Livermore 5, No. 8 Redwood 2

No. 4 Carondelet 7, No. 13 Rancho Cotate 0

No. 12 Alameda 6, No. 5 Montgomery 4

No. 15 Ukiah (13-10) at No. 2 Concord (16-6), Wednesday at 5 p.m.

No. 10 Newark Memorial 12, No. 7 Petaluma 6

No. 14 Casa Grande 1, No. 3 Antioch 0

No. 6 Bishop O’Dowd 9, No. 11 Northgate 2


No. 9 Livermone (14-11) at No. 1 San Marin (23-0), Friday at 7 p.m.

No. 4 Carondelet (17-8) vs. No. 12 Alameda (15-9) at Willow Pass Park, Friday at 5 p.m.

No. 10 Newark Memorial (16-7-1) vs. TBD

No. 14 Casa Grande (15-7) vs. No. 6 Bishop O’Dowd (15-5) at Castro Valley Community Center, Saturday at noon

Division III

No. 9 Campolindo 6, No. 8 Encinal 1

No. 5 Analy 20, No. 12 Miramonte (5-10) 0

No. 7 Pinole Valley 6, No. 10 Piner 5

No. 6 Terra Linda 11, No. 11 Acalanes 2

Byes: No. 1 Marin Catholic, No. 2 Moreau Catholic, No. 3 Eureka, No. 4 Sonoma Valley


No. 9 Campolindo (13-6) vs. No. 1 Marin Catholic (19-5) at College of Marin, Friday at 4 p.m.

No. 5 Analy (18-8) at No. 4 Sonoma Valley (13-12), Friday at 5 p.m.

No. 7 Pinole Valley (11-9) vs. No. 2 Moreau Catholic (12-10) …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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