Hunter leads offence with three-run home run
The Moose Jaw Miller Express celebrated their fathers with a victory.
© Katie Brickman
Drew Danzeisen of the Moose Jaw Miller Express hits a double in Western Major Baseball League action against the Lethbridge Bulls on Sunday afternoon at Ross Wells Park. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
A number of players’ dads were in attendance and threw out the ceremonial first pitch to their sons at Ross Wells Park on Sunday.
“It is always a bit emotional when you get your fathers’ involved because they were the guys that showed us this game,” said Miles Hunter of the Express. “The appreciation that we have for them is indescribable.”
The Express swept away the Lethbridge Bulls in a weekend series, winning 8-5 on Sunday and 6-5 on Saturday.
“To go out there and put a complete game together as a team, Terry (McNabb) threw a hell of a game out there and get some clutch hitting is special,” said Hunter.
The Express scored three runs in the first inning after Drew Cornell was hit by a pitch then Hunter and Drew Danzeisen doubled.
The Bulls were held off the scoresheet by starting pitcher Terry McNabb until the sixth inning.
McNabb cruised through five innings, but struggled in the sixth inning. The highest number of batters he faced prior to the sixth inning was five. In that sixth inning, the Bulls went through the order and tied to game at 3-3.
“It was going all right until the sixth and then I just hit a wall,” said McNabb. “Everything wasn’t quite as sharp, but I got through it and we got the win.”
McNabb was quickly picked up by his teammates in the bottom of the inning, as the Express rolled off five runs, including a Hunter three-run home run.
“It is kind of a blur. (Chris) Stodolka, the pitcher played for (Prairie Baseball Academy) PBA and I was at U of C. We have seen each other a couple times this year,” stated Hunter. “That definitely helps, as you know what he’s got before throwing it. I was locked it, but it was a blur at the same time. When you see it go over the fence and see the outfielder turn his back, you get the butterflies and get fired up.”
McNabb went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, walked three and struck out six. This was his fourth win of the season.
Going deep into the game and grinding out that sixth inning was important to McNabb and the bullpen.
“We’ve had some ups and downs coming out of the bullpen, so it was nice to get through a few more so that we didn’t have to rely so much on them,” said McNabb.
Although the Bulls scored three to tie the game, the Express never doubted that they could pull out another victory over Lethbridge.
“We know we are an offensive team and we knew it was just a matter of time,” said Hunter. “I don’t think anything directly was said, but guys know it and guys have confidence that if we put runners on base, we are going to come through.”
During their four game home stand, the Express went 3-1 and improved their record to 6-3 on the season.
“It was big to shut Lethbridge down and sweep them this weekend,” said McNabb. “Everyone is just coming out and wants to win.”
The Express will travel to Yorkton to take on the Cardinals on Tuesday. They are back at Ross Wells Park on Thursday to start a three game home stand.
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