The Warriors chase for the post season came to a screaching halt after two losses to the Edmonton Blackhawks in doubleheader action.
Game one saw Cornelius Friesen starting for the Warriors trying to build on his dominant performance against the Sherwood Park Athletics four days previously. Friesen struggled with his control on the cool and windy day as he walked eight batters. Three of the six runs he gave up came in his final inning, the sixth, as he showed signs of frustration and fatigue. Riley Pawliw would serve no better in his two thirds of an inning to start the seventh as he would walk four and hit one giving up five more add on runs. Evan Hoffman would pitch to one batter inducing a pop out to end the inning.
The Warriors offence was not much help for Friesen as they would collect four hits in the first two innings and last two innings each but really stalled in the middle three innings. They could not get nothing going against Blackhawks starting pitcher David Schneider in the middle frames which enabled the Blackhawks to run away with it late in the game. Lee Forsberg and Evan Hoffman both had mulit hit games in the loss.
Game two saw Curtis Burlet get the call for the Warriors on the mound and the big lefthander surrendered ten runs, four earned, on thirteen hits. Although the Blackhawks hit around the Warriors pitcher the big inning came in the fourth. With the score 2-1 for the Blackhawks, the Warriors defence committed two errors in the inning allowing five unearned runs to score. This deflated the Warriors entirely and the Blackhawks would go on to win 10-2.
The Warriors struggled to hit Blackhawks pitcher Mike Holroyd in game two of the double dip as he held them to two runs on five hits. Three of those hits came in the first two innings and once again the offence stalled in the middle frames. Cody Rude picked up two hits in the contest and reached base safely all three times he came to the plate.
The Warriors have two more games this week as they host the Stony Plain Mets on Tuesday @ Footz Field and then travel to Sherwood Park on Wednesday to complete the second game of the rained out doubleheader. Both games start @ 7:15.