Express clinch playoff spot

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Double-header sweep of Prospects gives Express four wins in a row

The Moose Jaw Miller Express accomplished one goal, but they still want more.

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After sweeping a double-header in Edmonton against the Prospects on Saturday, the Express punched their ticket to the Western Major Baseball League playoffs.

“We are still focused on trying to take that top seed and win that division,” said Michael Hunt, head coach of the Express.

The Express opened with a 3-1 victory in the first game where Terry McNabb was once again strong and in control on the mound. The Davidson native went the full seven innings, giving up just one run on eight hits and struck out eight.

In the second match, the Express scored three in the first inning and didn’t look back, winning 5-3 for the sweep.

The teams were supposed to play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, but due to inclement weather, they pushed the game into Saturday with a double-header booked.

With having so many games back-to-back down the stretch, the Express didn’t mind the extra day off. They still have four more games back-to-back to end the regular season.

“We knew it was going to be a bit of a rough stretch with the last six in a row,” said Hunt. “But, we have had six in a row before, so we will just deal with it like the other ones and keep going out and doing the best we can.”

Earlier this season, the Prospects took two at Ross Wells Park, so the Express were looking to get some revenge at Telus Field.

“Our goal is to be at least .500 against every team and we achieved that goal today,” said Hunt.

Hunt was able to use his starters and some bench players in either of the games and was able to get production from them, as well as some strong performances from his bullpen.

“Now that we locked this up, we do have a bit of breathing room to give some guys a little extra time (off) so they are ready to go for playoffs,” he said. “I thought it was a great job by our bullpen. We didn’t get quite the outing out of Rusty (Edwards). He was effective, but it was just a lot of pitches in a short amount of time. Our bullpen did a fantastic job of coming and getting the job done.”

Although they have secured a spot in the playoffs, the Express are still very much focused on accomplishing a bigger goal of winning the Central Division.

They have four games remaining and are one back of the Swift Current Indians, who they play a home-and-home with to finish the season.

The Express will be back in town tonight (7 p.m., Ross Wells Park) to face the Regina Red Sox.

“Our job is not over,” said Hunt. “We want that division.”

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