After a successful regular season, the SouthEast Twins are ready to slide into the playoff picture this weekend.
The post-season for the Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League begins this weekend in Saskatoon. And the Twins, by virtue of their 19-11 record, will be part of the dance.
"We had a really strong year all-in-all...kind of ended up where we expected to be," said head coach Trent Dorrance, who's coached the Twins for the past six seasons. "Our hitting for the most part has been very solid all year, and when the top half of the order's hitting, the bottom half of the order's hitting, and it really rolls."
One of those hitters is standout third basemen/catcher Carter Beck, who led the SPBL with a .470 batting average.
"He can do it with the bat, he's very fast, and we've developed him into a closing pitcher this year too and I don't believe he's given up an earned run all season," Dorrance said. "So he's a very effective player for us and very key to our lineup. He hits for power, he hits for average, he gets on base a lot. So he's a great addition and I think he's going to go places in the future."
Eight teams have qualified for the AAA SPBL playoffs. There's two pools of four, and the top two teams out of each pool will advance to the semi-finals on Sunday following games Friday and Saturday. The winner will then head to the national championships, while the second and third place teams will compete at the Western Canadian Championships.
"I expect us to have a spot in the semi-final...we should make it to Sunday," Dorrance said. "And if the plans go correctly, we should have one of our top starters pitching for our semi-final game, which should hopefully put us to the final...is our goal."
"This would be one of the top two teams that I've coached so far...and probably the top team," Dorrance continued. "And the thing that makes them the best is that, we have a lot of second-year players, we're not third-year heavy, we're actually second-year heavy. We've got a good balance of good players right through, so yeah it'll be exciting for next year as well."