Wheels fall off, but Express keeps rolling

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Moose Jaw overcomes disastrous inning to sweep Mavs

Each team had one ugly inning, but the Moose Jaw Miller Express made their other eight innings count.

Moose Jaw Miller Express

The Express shook off a disastrous top of the sixth to beat the Medicine Hat Mavericks 10-9 in Western Major Baseball League action Saturday night. The win lifts the Express' record to 15-11 and gives them a two-game sweep over the Mavs.

The Express led 2-1 in the second when they scored five runs to go ahead 7-1. Derek Cornell, Aidan Stinnett and Miles Hunter each hit doubles in the inning.

The Express led 9-1 heading into the sixth inning when they surrendered seven runs to get the Mavericks back into the game. The Express committed three errors in the inning and four of the runs were unearned.

Ben Douglas hit his third home run of the season to lead off the bottom half of the sixth to help swing the momentum back in Moose Jaw's favour and extend their lead to 10-8.

Josh Janzen (2-0) allowed 10 hits over six innings to earn the win. Jorge Pantoja allowed one hit over his two innings of shutout relief for the Millers.

Jason Renner gave up a run in the ninth, but held on for the save.

Kalei Contrades gave up nine hits and seven earned runs for the Mavericks and took the loss. Devin Johnson hit a two-run home run for the Mavs.

Douglas was 3-for-5 with four RBI and Austin Russell was 3-for-5 with two RBI for Moose Jaw. Hunter was 2-for-4 for the Express in what will be his final home game and possibly his final WMBL game as he prepares to attend medical school in the fall.

The Express will travel to play Melville Monday before hosting Swift Current Tuesday night. The Express have a two game lead over Swift Current in the Central Division.

More to come.

Organizations: Western Major Baseball League, Mavs.The Express

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Swift Current

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