It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but the Moose Jaw Miller Express played hard and grinded one out over the Yorkton Cardinals.
The Express used a four-run seventh inning to defeat the Cardinals 7-4 in Western Major Baseball League action on Monday evening at Ross Wells Park.
“It wasn’t the prettiest game, but a W is a W,” said Michael Hunt, head coach of the Express.
The Express sent six batters to the plate in the bottom half of the first inning and with the bases loaded with one out, they could only manage to score one unearned run. The Cardinals would score one in the second and two in the third inning before the Express answered back with a two-run home run from Michael Corso to tie the game.
Yorkton added another run in the fifth, but it wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Express got the offence going as the home team sent eight pitchers to the plate. Yorkton’s starting pitcher Dylan Tye hit Tyler Hayes to start the inning off then Jon Cotter hit a fielder’s choice. Austin Russell was hit by a pitch and Josh Carroll hit a single. Scott Jones hit a ball to the third baseman, but the ball was overthrown, allowing the Express to score two unearned runs. A pitching change didn’t help the Cardinals as Ben Wylly singled to score Carroll and Jones.
“We’ve lost a few games early in the year on errors, so if we just keep grinding it out, good stuff will happen,” stated Hunt.
Tyler McNabb pitched strong in his first game at Ross Wells Park in eight innings, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking one batter.
“He has been a bulldog on our staff the whole year, but just doesn’t have the record to show for it,” stated Hunt. “Its nice to give him a winner.”
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