Mosquitos swatted by Bashaw in playoff match up

Sometimes the ball doesn’t fall where you want it.

Ponoka first baseman Jake Palechek can't quite make the play after fielding the ground ball off the bat of Bashaw's Dylan Swedberg in the fourth inning of their playoff game at the Riverside diamonds on Monday

Ponoka first baseman Jake Palechek can't quite make the play after fielding the ground ball off the bat of Bashaw's Dylan Swedberg in the fourth inning of their playoff game at the Riverside diamonds on Monday

Sometimes the ball doesn’t fall where you want it.

For the Ponoka Mosquito baseball squad, that’s exactly what happened in their Tier II Central Alberta Baseball League playoff semi-final game at the Riverside diamonds on Monday, June 27 in a 17-11 loss to Bashaw.

Not only did Ponoka have to deal with missing a few players, they then had to contend with a couple of injuries during the game and not having their top pitcher available.

Still the team battled hard and managed to maintain a 4-4 tie into the fourth inning, but that’s when the wheels began to wobble giving up a few runs in the fifth before they completely fell off in the sixth.

Head coach Greg Hatniak explained his team saw the bleed, but just didn’t know what to do to stop it and Bashaw was just able to pile on the runs in the top half of the inning.

Mosquitos will now play for third place against Drayton Valley, who lost Monday night to Rocky Mountain House. That game will go tonight (Wednesday, June 29) at the Riverside diamonds with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.

Both Ponoka PeeWee clubs were also in playoff action on Monday night. The Ponoka Hard Hitters were in Rimbey for the Tier III semi-final while the Ponoka Jays were in Innisfail for the Tier VI semi-final. The results for both of those games were not available at press time.