Written by Jay D Haughton Friday, Aug 04
The Moose Jaw Miller Express were able to snap their two-game losing skid in Weyburn on Thursday night with a 9-3 win against the Beavers.
After a slow start to the game for both teams’ offense, they saved the best for last as a combined nine of the games 12 runs were scored in the final three innings.
Dawson Tweet had success at the plate on Thursday night, as he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a double, and a triple in the win. He is now only two hits away from tying the Western Canadian Baseball League’s single-season hits record, which is 90. The record was set back in 2019 by Tristan Peters of the Okotoks Dawgs.
Austin Gurney, Thomas Soto, and Wyatt Tweet each had two hits apiece.
It was another great showing for Regina’s Ethan Merk who picked up his eighth win of the season, pitching five shutout innings allowing only one hit, while adding two strikeouts.
Moose Jaw took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Austin Gurney drove in Dawson Tweet from third base with a single.
The game remained 1-0 Moose Jaw until the fourth inning when Gurney would score after an error by the Beavers pitcher, and it was 2-0.
The Miller Express added another run in the top of the fifth, as Dawson Tweet would pick up the sacrifice fly, which brought home Luke LaChance from third.
In the top of the seventh, Moose Jaw extended their lead to 5-0, after Thomas Soto kicked things off with a sacrifice fly to score Wyatt Tweet, and then Dawson Tweet drove home Julio Acosta with the RBI single.
They would pick up another run in the top of the eighth to make it 6-0. Weyburn would respond with a two-run inning of their own to cut the deficit to 6-2.
Moose Jaw put the game away with a three-run ninth inning to take a 9-2 lead. Weyburn would score a run in their half, but it wasn’t enough.
Thursday’s win improves Moose Jaw’s record to 36-18, as they head into the final weekend of the regular season.
They will welcome the Sylvan Lake Gulls to Ross Wells Park for a two-game weekend series on Friday and Saturday. Both games start at 7:05 p.m.
Moose Jaw will also be hosting Team Saskatchewan in an exhibition game at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday at Ross Wells Park. Admission is free.
In addition, the Miller Express will kick off the first round of the WCBL playoffs on Monday against the Swift Current 57s in a three-game series. The time is still undetermined.