Neepawa's boys of summer split their games this week, losing to the league's worst squad and winning to keep some distance between themselves and the MSBL's third-place squad.
As the dust settled following Week 5 action, the Farmers continued to stay atop the league standings with a 9-4 record. The Reston Rockets are right behind them with an 8-4 record while the Cloverleafs sit in third at 5-4.
Dodgers 5 - Farmers 1
Neepawa lost in its first game of week at home to the bottom-ranked Oak River Dodgers squad.
Oak River grabbed a run in the first inning, and had two-run innings in the third and sixth, while the Farmers grabbed their lone run in the third inning en route to a 5-1 defeat.
Tyler Reiner took the loss for Neepawa after allowing five runs - only three earned runs - on 11 hits and six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings pitched. Greg Hockin allowed no runs and only two hits on three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings of relief, while Vince Lujan closed the game.
On a night where the Farmers bats were only able to muster seven hits, Lujan had the lone RBI and Garrett Rempel went 2-for-4 with one run.
Cloverleafs 8 - Farmers 10
An offensive outburst in the fourth inning proved to be Farmers' lucky charm against the Brandon Cloverleafs in Neepawa Friday night.
Brandon struck first, bringing in three runs in the third, but Neepawa responded with an amazing eight-run fourth inning to take the lead. The Farmers added singles in the fifth and eighth, while Brandon brought five more across the plate, as Neepawa took the slugfest 10-8.
Cam Tibbett reached base every time he went to the plate, batting 3-for-3 with three RBIs, two runs, and one hit-by-pitch. Isaac Rodriguez hit in two RBIs and Ian Hockin earned two runs.
Rodriguez struck out eight and allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings in a winning effort on the mound. In relief, Josh Loewen allowed two runs on three hits and Greg Hockin closed out the game striking out two and giving up no runs.
The Farmers played their lone game this week in Neepawa last night (Tuesday) against the Brandon Marlins.