Giants win, Canadians draw

Joe McDonald hits a single in the third inning against Regina Silver Screen during Rambler Park league action at Memorial Field on Tuesday.

The Park Hotel Giants made the most of opening night at Memorial Field on Tuesday, picking up their first win in Rambler Park fastball league action with an 8-7 victory over Regina Silver Screen.
And they did so in dramatic fashion, with their veteran core getting the job done.
With the game tied 7-7, Pat Swallow led off the seventh inning with a single and promptly stole second. After moving to third on a Todd Whitehead ground-out, Swallow scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Darryl Callaghan.
After Silver Screen’s Brad Flanagan gave his team a 5-4 lead with a solo home run in the top of the sixth — his fourth RBI of the game — the Giants responded with three runs in their half of the inning to go ahead 7-5. Silver Screen wouldn’t go down easy, though, as they scored a pair of runs with two out in the top of seven to tie the game.
Swallow finished the game with three runs scored, including a two-run home run in the third.
Dale Garthus was the winning pitcher, Jordan Gattinger took the loss.
In the second game of the evening, the Pasqua A’s had home runs from Matthew Strongeagle and R.J. Cyr in the top of the seventh as they ralled for a 7-7 tie with the Canadians.
The Canadians roared out to a 6-0 lead though the third inning courtesy of five walks and five singles. They were unable to keep their small-ball game going, though, leading to the A’s comeback.
Brett Friesen scored three runs in the contest while Brad DeConinck crossed the plate twice and reached base in all four of his at bats.
Blake Dixon went the distance for the Canadians (1-2-1) while Wally Strongeagle had the complete game for Pasqua (2-1-1)