The Portage Padres' season is on the line tonight as they prepare for a do-or-die Game 3 against the Carberry Royals.
The Padres won the first game by 15 runs but the Royals bounced back to win a tight contest on their home turf. Pitcher Joey Moffatt says they started the game in the driver's seat.
"I thought we played pretty well. We came out pretty hot with our bats, and we had a few run lead," Moffatt explains. "That cooled off, and they started hitting a little bit more. We couldn't hold them off in the seventh. I think we just need more consistency throughout the game. Once we get up, we try and hit home runs almost every time, it seems but we have good hitters on our team, and I think we'll be fine."
The rematch of the 2020 Santa Clara Baseball League Finals has already shown what both teams are capable of. Moffatt describes what they'll have to watch out for tonight.
"They've got a good hitting team, and we know that. Obviously, we didn't see it in Game 1 but in Game 2 they hit the ball really well," Moffatt continues. "We're going to have to pitch well and put up some runs for ourselves but the biggest thing for us is going to be keeping the errors to a minimum. Those come back and hurt you in the end."
Moffatt outlines the mentality he likes to have to go into a high-pressure game like this one.
"You have to just treat it like another game. If you go in there gripping the bat a little bit too hard or gripping the ball a little bit too hard, things probably aren't going to go your way. There might be some nerves but you have to treat it like any other game, and then, whatever happens, happens."
The first pitch for tonight's Game 3 is set for at 7:00 at Rotary Republic of Manitobah Park.