By Randy Palmer – July 23, 2023
Moose Jaw takes 6-5 win at Ross Wells Park to extend win streak to four games
While it’s always fun to win baseball games in lopsided fashion, sometimes you just gotta keep the fans on the edge of their seats.
And then do something incredibly dramatic to send them home happy.
With the Moose Jaw Miller Express trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, senior Dougie DelaCruz hit a bases-loaded walk-off double to give Moose Jaw a 6-5 victory over the Lethbridge Bulls at Ross Wells Park on Saturday night.
The win was a relatively low-scoring departure from Moose Jaw’s recent success, which saw the local crew put up 27 runs over their previous three games. Nonetheless, they improved to 30-13 on the season with their fourth straight win, extending their lead atop the Western Canadian Baseball League’s East Division to 9 ½ games with 12 games remaining in the regular season.
As the score would indicate, things were close in the early going, with Moose Jaw putting up a pair of runs in the second and fourth innings to build a 4-3 lead. Lethbridge tied the game in the top of the sixth and took the lead the next inning, setting up the final-inning rally.
Julio Acosta got things started with a lead-off walk, and a Dawson Tweet double would put the game-winning run at second base. Greyson Barrett drew an intentional walk to load the bases, and DelaCruz would finish things off with his two-out two-bagger.
DelaCruz capped his night 3-for-5 with a run scored and two runs batted in, while Wyatt Tweet and Parker Dorrance also knocked in a pair of runs each. Austin Gurney tacked on a pair of runs.
Brayan Villar got the start for Moose Jaw and allowed three runs on three hits over four innings of work, striking out six and walking four. Kaleb Waller tossed a scoreless fifth before Tristan Eberle allowed the single run in the sixth while striking out the side. Haldon Craig finished things off, allowing a single hit over the final three innings and striking out seven.
The Miller Express are right back in action on Sunday afternoon as they travel to Regina to face the Red Sox. Game time is 4 p.m. at Currie Field.