The Southwest Baseball League's season is well underway and it's a tie atop the standings as both the Oak River Dodgers and Rivers Comets are 4-0 early in the campaign.
Former Dauphin King Riley Shamray is batting .500 for the Dodgers. The Rivers Comets, meanwhile, feature a Russell native who is helping the team win games. Dawson Tweet who was asked to hit leadoff has five hits so far in 15 plate appearances for a .333 batting average. That is the fourth-highest on the team among hitters who have been up to the plate at least 10 times.
Rivers has scored 8.25 runs per game while they've only given up 2.25 which is a league-best.
"The seasons going really well, we're really playing as a team right now," said Tweet. "Everyone is chipping in and it's helping us succeed."
Dawson also has two stolen bases and four runs batted in, the second-most on the team.
"I just go up to the plate with the approach to get on base and I think I've been getting that job done here," he continued.
Rivers is back on the diamond tonight as they play Elkhorn who are near the bottom of the standings at 0-3. So Dawson is doing solid things with the senior baseball club and his younger brother will also be given the chance when he's able to make it out.
Wyatt Tweet has been put on the team's roster for the remainder of the season. With a busy AAA schedule, Wyatt has only played in one game so far. But with lots of season left, there will be several games this summer where you won't only be seeing Dawson on the field, but you'll also be seeing Wyatt.
"It's a lot of fun playing with him, he's a great ballplayer," said Tweet. "We're always talking and pushing each other to be better, it's great having him around."
At 4-0, Tweet and the rest of the team play seven more games this season which runs through August 9 before the playoffs begin. A hot start has the team feeling confident and ready to make something special happen.
He says the team has a very deep hitting lineup and pitchers who can get the job done.
"We have a great group of guys, we just need to keep building momentum and we'll see where the season takes us," offered Tweet.