Dante Greene bypasses Lacombe’s back catcher and home plate as his teammates cheer him on during the Mosquitos’ first game of the season

Dante Greene bypasses Lacombe’s back catcher and home plate as his teammates cheer him on during the Mosquitos’ first game of the season

Mosquitos kick-off season with a win

Ponoka’s Mosquito baseball team won its first game of the season with a nail-biter of an ending; a 13-12 win over Lacombe.

Ponoka’s Mosquito baseball team won its first game of the season with a nail-biter of an ending; a 13-12 win over Lacombe.

“It was a really tight game,” said head coach Bruce Harbin. “Nobody really knew they were going to win until the final run.”

The boys, aged 9 to 11, came out of their dugout raring to go and looking to win.

“We had some great pitching . . . We had some great hits,” said Harbin. “They came alive.”

With the Lacombe team up to bat first, there was an immediate lead Ponoka’s boys would have to overcome, which they did in an ongoing battle to stay ahead in the game.

“The boys played great. We had a lot of fun,” said Harbin.

Over the season Harbin is looking to further develop the boys’ skills both out in the field and when they step up to the plate to bat. “We really want to work on our infield and our pitching.”

With batting practice at every team practice as well as pitching practice Harbin says the boys will develop into powerhouse players as the season continues. “(We’ll) develop those instincts to feel the ball.”

Mosquito’s next home game is May 22 at the Riverside Complex diamonds.