Canadians, Blues battle to 1-1 draw in epic pitching battle

Randy Palmer/Times-Herald Moose Jaw Canadians pitcher Xavier Tremblay in action earlier this season.

Memorial Field has seen a lot of incredible pitching performances over the years, but what Dustin Keshane put together on Tuesday night in Rambler Park Fastball League action will go down as one of the best.

Pitching for the Little Black Bear Blues, Keshane pitched a no-hitter and struck out 21 batters in a 1-1 tie with the Moose Jaw Canadians.

You read that right: every out Keshane recorded was a strike-out. It was only through a walk and an error that the Canadians were able to create any type of offence.

“Oh man, that Dustin Keshane can throw the ball,” said Memorial Field organizer Dave Mowrey. “It was a one run game and it was incredible, it was exciting. He just blew people away… the last time I saw him pitch, I think Dean (Holoien) was pitching against him and the Canadians managed to scrub out a couple of hits… but last night he just mowed them down left right and centre. There was hardly anybody who touched the ball.”
That Holoien entered the conversation is ironic in that his 23 strike-out performance against the Park Hotel Giants on his return to Moose Jaw fastball remains the greatest single game showing in Memorial Field history — the game included two four-out innings as dropped third strikes led to players reaching base.

The only blemish on Keshane’s outing was a one-out walk to Dane Roy in the fourth inning. Roy attempted to steal second and Blue catcher Preston Bellegarde threw wild into centrefield. Known for his blazing speed, Roy quickly took third and scored when the throw home was also wild.

The Canadians also threatened in the seventh, when Kent Barber led off with a walk, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. It would be for naught as Keshane struck out the next three batters to end the game.

Interestingly enough, the Canadians’ Xavier Tremblay was nearly Keshane’s equal, giving up only a pair of hits and striking out 14. The Blues scored their run in the fourth when Keshane hit a two-out single and scored on a hit by Brett Bellegarde that was nearly the third out.

“The one hit, the right fielder Kyle Ward just about had it, too,” Mowrey said. “He almost ran it down and it went off the tip of his glove…

“It was definitely one of the best games of the season.”

Giants 13 Piapot 1

The Moose Jaw Giants had no such difficulty in their game as they rolled to a 13-1 win over the Wolfpack.

Most of their damage came in the second inning as the Giants scored 11 runs on five hits, five errors and five walks.

Nick Davis, Elmer Weibe and Jared Baker all scored two runs each in the big inning. Jason Schneider had a pair of hits including a two-run double.

Dale Garthus turned in a solid showing from the circle for the Giants, giving up the two runs on a pair of hits.

The Canadians improved to 8-5-2 with the tie and sit in second place behind the Bulyea Rustlers, while the Giants improved to 4-9-2 and sit in last place, four points out of fifth.