Early rally leads Express to Game 3 win

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Game 4 postponed until Saturday at 7 p.m.

Terry McNabb pitches Friday for the Moose Jaw Miller Express.

They may have had to a wait a day to play, but the Moose Jaw Miller Express carried the momentum over from their six-run 15th inning from Wednesday’s Game 2.

The Express scored four runs in the first inning before beating the Melville Millionaires 5-2 to take Game 3 of their best-of-five Western Major Baseball League series. The Express lead the series 2-1.

The game was called in the bottom of the eighth inning after an hour delay due to a water-logged field.

“I’m from the desert so this is more rain than I see in 10 years,” said Express right fielder Logan Lippert who is from New Mexico.

Game 4 was scheduled to begin immediately following Game 3 Friday night, but will be played Saturday at 7 p.m. at Ross Wells Park.

Lippert missed 13 games with a knee injury. He expected he would have some rust to shake off, but he was 2-for-3 with two RBI Friday and said the beat-up Express are keeping the game simple right now.

“We had that 15 inning game and no one’s trying to do too much. Everyone’s pretty relaxed. No one’s worried about stats. We have nothing to lose,” said Lippert.

“Everyone’s hurt and everyone’s more relaxed because they’re thinking about their leg or other limbs or whatever. At the beginning of the season we were more stressed. Now it’s the playoffs, everyone’s beat-up and no one expects anything from us.”

 

Moose Jaw’s Kevin Gratza and Austin Russell led off the bottom of the first with singles. Michael Corso hit a ground ball that could have been a potential double-play. Instead Mills second baseman Chris Burk’s throw allowed Corso to be safe at first and Gratza scored on the error.

Mike Gilleland and Ben Wylly each hit sacrifice flies to drive in Russell and Corso. Logan Lippert capped the four-run rally with a double.

Mills ace Parker Thomas settled down after the first and only allowed one hit in the next five innings.

Lippert led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to put the Express ahead 5-2.

After stranding runners on second in the first two innings, the Mills got on the board in the third. Sebastian Wong hit a lead-off single and Garrett Killgore stayed hot with a double off of the wall. Wong scored on a wild pitch and then Campbell Cooper hit a long single off of the wall to drive Killgore home and cut the lead in half.

Terry McNabb gave up nine hits, but kept the Mills at bay for much of the game. He retired nine straight batters in the middle innings before getting out of a jam in the eighth — that saw Burk stranded on third base.

 

Organizations: Moose Jaw Miller Express

Geographic location: Russell

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