The Southeast Twins 18U AAA baseball team is feeling good about their game, coming off a 2-2 showing at the Sask Selects tournament in Swift Current on the weekend.
The Twins lost 7-2 on a cold Friday game to the Regina Athletics, beat the Swift Current 57's 9-5, fell 5-4 in a five-inning game to the Saskatoon Diamondbacks (shortened because of time constraints), and beat the East-Central Red Sox 10-4.
It was a four-game round robin with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs.
The Diamondbacks were 6-0 on the weekend to win the tournament.
Twins assistant coach, Blair Beck, said the club is starting to realize that they can be a top team.
"We're starting to see more and more just as the season progresses, that our kids are gaining some confidence and realizing that they can play with the best in this league, and not only play with them, but beat them. That confidence is really going to be a boost for us going through. That's a good Saskatoon team. A few bad breaks gave them their fifth run and they beat us in the fifth inning. We gave them a very good game."
Beck said the cold-weather opener was a challenge for their defence.
"It wasn't pleasant. That's for sure. We ended up giving about five unearned runs. Part of it was the kids' hands were so cold, when you ground balls came to them they fielded them fine. It was transfers from the glove to the bare hand that was difficult."
One of the highlights on the weekend was a long home run by Callum Hollinger that was key in a comeback win over the Red Sox.
But the whole roster has been making contributions this season, according to Beck.
"Lots of standout performances. The strength all year has been our depth. We have 16 players and all 16 have had times where they've really helped us win over the first couple weeks."
The Twins are 4-0 for the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League's regular season. They host a pair of doubleheaders this weekend at Lynn Prime in Estevan: Saturday with the Sask5 Giants and Sunday, a shot at redemption, with the Diamondbacks.