The four game winning streak came to a halt despite out-hitting their opponent.
The Moose Jaw Miller Express got a lot of hits, but just couldn’t find timely hits with two outs and fell 7-4 to the Medicine Hat Mavericks on Wednesday evening.
The Express tried to make a comeback late in the game, but fell short. They out-hit the Mavericks 12 to seven, but couldn’t get the bats going when needed.
“It makes it awfully tough to get things going with two outs,” stated Michael Hunt, head coach of the Express. “Offensively, we had a lot of hits, but it was with two outs. It’s nice to have hits with two outs, but we’d like to have more with none or one out.”
The Mavericks used a big second inning, scoring four runs to break open the game in Western Major Baseball League action at Athletic Park. The home team scored two in the third inning and another in the fifth inning to seal the victory.
“It was a good ballgame, a good one to be a part of,” said Hunt. “We made it close towards the end and we showed a lot of fight and that’s a good thing to see.”
Although the Express made life difficult offensively, they made zero errors, which is one area the team has been trying to work on and fix.
“I liked the fact that we made zero errors and we made some real nice defensive plays,” stated Hunt.
Logan Lippert led the way for the Express, going three-for-four at the plate, including a double in the third inning, single in the seventh inning and a home run in the ninth inning. Austin Russell and Mike Gilleland both went two-for-four on the evening.
“He’s been a hard luck guy. He’s made some great contact and good at bats all year, but just hasn’t had the batting average to show for it,” he said of Lippert. “He’s made a few adjustments to his swing to a more comfortable spot for him and it certainly showed today. He had a great day and will help his confidence going forward.”
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