Sliders win three home games to gain berth in mosquito baseball community provincial playoffs

The host Stettler Sliders won all three of their games last Saturday to capture top honours in the first round of the mosquito baseball

Reece Kranzler goes to bat for the Stettler Sliders during their perfect 3-0 weekend in mosquito baseball playoff action Saturday in Stettler. The Sliders advance to Round 2 this weekend in Red Deer.

Reece Kranzler goes to bat for the Stettler Sliders during their perfect 3-0 weekend in mosquito baseball playoff action Saturday in Stettler. The Sliders advance to Round 2 this weekend in Red Deer.

The host Stettler Sliders won all three of their games last Saturday to capture top honours in the first round of the mosquito baseball community provincial championships.

With victories over Wainwright, Red Deer and Drayton Valley, the Sliders advanced to the second round, set for Red Deer this weekend.

In its first game, Stettler defeated Red Deer 11-1 in three and a half innings. Holden Perry was named player of the game.

In their second game, the Sliders beat Drayton Valley 15-14 with a two-out rally in the sixth inning that saw them score an eight-run comeback. Sydney Poapst was chosen player of the game.

Stettler clinched first place with a 5-4 win over Wainwright. Perry earned player-of-the-game honours.

“Stettler’s reliable pitching, batting and base-running were the keys to victory this weekend, as all players contributed to the wins,” said coach Jeff Lee.

The Sliders consist of Sydney Poapst, Holden Perry, Jared Lee, Koby Welsch, Rainier Salmon, Ty Dowling, Dexter Connell, Reece Kranzler, Shay Anderson, Jackson Muhlbach, Mason Perry and David Butterwick.

Stettler’s coaches are Jeff Lee, Brent Kranzler, Cole Atkinson and Troy Anderson.

Annette Lee is the Sliders’ manager.