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Katie Brickman
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Indians win big at Ross Wells Park

Everything that could go wrong did for the Moose Jaw Miller Express.

Dylan Hanson, left, and pitcher Tanner Spencer of the Moose Jaw Miller Express collide after both went for a shallow fly ball during Western Major Baseball League action against Swift Current on Tuesday night at Ross Wells Park. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

With the Swift Current Indians at Ross Wells Park for an important division game, the Express dropped a 15-2 decision. 

“It was just pretty bad all around,” said Dylan Hanson of the Express. “We came out a little flat and just didn’t do the little things right and when you don’t do the little things right they add up and the scoreboard reflected that.”

The Express made seven errors on Tuesday night, allowing five unearned runs to cross the plate.

“They certainly came to play and we didn’t bring our A-game at all,” said Michael Hunt, head coach of the Express. “We knew we were a half game up and now we are a half game behind. It is certainly a bitter pill to swallow.”

Tanner Spencer (1-2) struggled on the mound for the Express as he gave up seven runs on eight hits and walked three in five innings of work.

Spencer’s counterpart, Steve Thompson pitched well for the Indians. He gave up just one run on three hits, walked four and struck out four in six innings.

The Express found themselves down 5-1 after three innings and didn’t have the hitting to rally back.

They scored their second run of the game in the eighth inning.

“Unfortunately is it a very frustrating game,” said Hanson. “Some games you come lights out and some you don’t. Today was one of those days when we didn’t come lights out.”

Hanson went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Brennan Reidy, Derek Cornell, Aiden Stinnett and Ben Douglas had the other hits for the Express, who left eight on base, including two innings where bases were loaded.

This is the second loss in a row for the Express (15-13) and they will try and stay with the Indians (15-12) in the Central Division, who have won three straight.

“It seems to be a broken record, but short memories,” said Hunt of what needs to happen now. “We haven’t lost three in a row, so we are going to see if that tradition keeps going forward.”

The Express will look to snap that skid on Thursday night when they face the Medicine Hat Mavericks. They are 2-0 against them so far this season.

“We know we have two quality guys on the bump for both those games and they will give us a chance to get a W,” said Hunt.

The Express are back at Ross Wells Park next Tuesday when Regina comes to town.

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