Despite a sloppy loss to finish the regular season, the Moose Jaw Miller Express feel locked in and ready for the playoffs to begin.
“It was a tough transition from the night game to the afternoon game, especially since it was on the road, but that’s not an indication of how we are going to play in the playoffs, at all,” said Ben Wylly.
Although the team is injured and without James Brager, Tyler Hayes and Mike Tittle, who have left for school and family reasons, the players still feel they are capable of making a push for the championship.
“I think our team is bonding and gelling. It feels like everybody is coming together at the right time and hopefully we have the offence and defence to show for it,” said Terry McNabb. “Losing those guys hurts, but we will find a way to fight through it.”
The Express dropped the season series with the Millionaires, but feel ready to battle with them for a five game series.
“You definitely think about the regular season, but it was good that we competed with them, especially at their place,” said Wylly. “We didn’t compete well at other places on the road, but we really did at Melville, it’s good to have that confidence going in.”
Even though the teams only faced off four times in the season, they are expecting the same type of scrappy game from the Millionaires that they saw before. The Express are hoping to win the series in front of the fans at Ross Wells Park.
“There is a lot of chirping on both sides,” said Wylly. “It would be nice to win in front of the home town fans, but if it takes five games, then it takes five games. Winning in the most important thing.”
The Express have made the post season four years in a row and have faced Melville before, with good results, including series sweep last season.
“We’ve had pretty good runs in the playoffs and this season is pretty similar to the last couple,” said Cory Olafson, assistant coach for the Express.
The Express held their awards night on Monday evening to announce some of the top performers of the season. The Silver Slugger award went to Michael Corso; Gold Glove to Jon Cotter, Coaches Award to Logan Lippert, Top Pitcher to Terry McNabb and MVP went to Corso.
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