Busy schedule catches up to Mallards

Evan Callaghan is tagged out at home trying to score from third on a flyball to left field.

For Major League Baseball teams with 40-man rosters and deep pitching staffs filled with adult arms, playing eight games in five days would be a bit of a stretch.
For a Bantam-aged baseball team, it’s all but impossible.
But that’s what the Moose Jaw Mallards were faced with on Wednesday night at Swarbrick diamond — after six games and a second place finish in the Baseball Regina tournament over the weekend, the Mallards were back in league action Tuesday in a 12-5 win over the Regina Buffaloes and on Wednesday against the Regina Blue Jays.
As it turns out, youngsters that age actually do have a limited gas tank, as seen in the Mallards’ 13-1 no-hit loss to the Jays.
“The Blue Jays, we played them in the tournament and we beat them 10 -3, but to come out flat against them last night was disappointing,” said Mallards coach Shawn Kohl. “I don’t think it’s an indication of how the team is going to play moving forward or the rest of the year. It’s an anomaly. We’ll put it behind us and move on and look for the next win.”
The Mallards went on an impressive run in the Regina tourney, defeating the Blue Jays to open the event Friday, followed by a 10-4 win over White Butte and 6-5 victory against the Sask. Five Giants Saturday. That set the stage for a busy Sunday as they downed the Regina Buffaloes 12-5 and took a 13-9 win over the Saskatoon Blue Jays in the semifinal. That set up a meeting with the Regina White Sox in the title game, with injuries and a lack of arms catching up to the Mallards in a 12-6 loss.
“Going into the tournament we knew we were going to face a bunch of teams we hadn’t seen before, so we were really just hoping they would come out and compete and give it their best effort,” Kohl said. “I thought they did that. They played extremely hard and took advantage of their opportunities. It was a good effort by all of them.”
The Mallards will have two days off before traveling to Melville for a doubleheader on Saturday.