By Randy Palmer – July 22nd 2023
Moose Jaw offence continues to work in high gear in 10-2 victory over Bulls
One win streak ends, another begins.
The Moose Jaw Miller Express picked up their third straight victory in Western Canadian Baseball League action on Friday night, and they didn’t leave much to doubt in a 10-2 rout of the Lethbridge Bulls at Ross Wells Park.
The Express are getting closer and closer to wrapping up first place in the East Division, as they once again have a nine-game lead over the Medicine Hat Mavericks, now with 16 games remaining in the regular season. Moose Jaw’s 7-3 mark over their last 10 is also tied for the best record in the WCBL in that span.
The Millers’ offence has also been on point in their three wins, putting up 27 runs in that span.
It didn’t take long for the Express to get going on Friday night, as leading 3-1 through three, they’d put up a four-spot in the fourth and tack on another two in the fifth for an 8-1 edge.
Miller Express coach Eric Marriott took advantage of the early lead to get plenty of players on the field, with 15 rotating through the batting order throughout the game.
The early lead also sat well with Express starter Ethan Merk, who turned in a stellar showing on his way to his fourth quality start of the season — one run allowed on four hits over six innings of work, striking out nine and walking two.
His relievers were just as sharp, as Andrew Barger and Triston Seitz each tossed a scoreless inning of relief before second baseman Bobby Pokorney allowed a single run in the ninth.
The top of the order provided most of the offence on the night, once again led by Nate Mensik. The two-time WCBL All-Star put together a 2-for-4 night that included a two-run home run as the second batter of the game, a pair of runs scored and three runs batted in. Dawson Tweet was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and scored three runs, while Greyson Barrett was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Wyatt Tweet was also 2-for-3 with an RBI and Pokorney crossed the plate twice.
The Express and Bulls are right back at it on Saturday night in the final meeting of the season between the two teams. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Ross Wells.