57’s earn first win­ning streak

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The Swift Cur­rent 57’s at­tempted to over­come a slow start to the Western Ma­jor Base­ball League sea­son with two wins and two losses last week. They fin­ished the week with a 3-6 record in fifth spot in the East­ern Di­vi­sion.

The 57’s early sea­son strug­gles con­tin­ued Wed­nes­day in a 4-3 loss to the vis­it­ing Moose Jaw Miller Ex­press. The 57’s scored twice in the fi­nal in­ning but their come­back at­tempt fell short with the bases loaded.

The 57’s scored their first run in the open­ing in­ning when Bryan Benz dou­bled home Jerad Dokey af­ter Moose Jaw had scored twice in the top of the in­ning.

Moose Jaw added another run in the sec­ond in­ning and one more in the sev­enth to lead 4-1.

The 57’s added a sec­ond run in the ninth in­ning when Alex Orenczuk sin­gled home Tyler Wo­j­ciechowski. Ethan Hunter then sin­gled to score Benz to make it 4-3.

Jake Pennington took the loss af­ter al­low­ing seven hits, one walk, and three runs over six in­nings.

Jesse Marks earned the win with six in­nings of three-hit ball while al­low­ing only one un­earned run.

Thurs­day, the 57’s took ad­van­tage of seven er­rors to de­feat the host York­ton Car­di­nals 5-4.

The 57’s took a 2-0 lead in the third in­ning when An­thony Ste­wart sin­gled home Dau­son Tate and Will Baker scored on a wild pitch.

The 57’s added two runs in the fourth in­ning when Bo Mcclintock and Tate both scored on er­rors.

York­ton came back with two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth to tie the game 4-4.

The 57’s re­gained the lead in the sev­enth in­ning when Wo­j­ciechowski sin­gled home Ethan Hunter for the win­ning run.

Carter Bu­uck al­lowed seven hits, one walk, and two runs while strik­ing out four over five in­nings in the start.

Nick Hooper pitched 2.1 in­nings of hit­less re­lief to earn the win and then Mitch Guiber­son got the save with a score­less ninth in­ning.

Fri­day, 57’s earned their first win­ning streak of the sea­son with a 6-1 vic­tory over the host Car­di­nals.

The 57’s only man­aged five hits, but com­bined them with 10 walks and four York­ton er­rors to de­feat the win­less Car­di­nals 6-1.

Zach Brava led the 57’s to the win af­ter seven in­nings of four-hit base­ball, al­low­ing two walks and one earned run while strik­ing out three along the way.

Re­liever Aaron Pugh added two hit­less in­nings to help pre­serve the win.

Mcclintock pro­vided all the of­fense the vis­i­tors would need with a three-run home run in the first in­ning, his sec­ond long ball of the sea­son.

Left-fielder Bryan Benz was on base three times, in­clud­ing an RBI dou­ble in the sev­enth in­ning. Short­stop Ethan Hunter was also on base with a walk and a sin­gle and fin­ished with two runs scored and two runs bat­ted in.

The 57’s im­proved to 3-5, while York­ton dipped to 0-6.

Sun­day, the 57’s first win­ning streak of the sea­son came to an end in a 5-4 loss to the vis­it­ing Regina Red Sox.

The 57’s knocked out 13 hits, in­clud­ing seven for ex­tra bases, but left 10 run­ners on base as their two-game win­ning streak came to an end.

They took an early lead on a Benz home run in the first in­ning. Regina replied with two runs in the fifth in­ning, but Mcclintock hit a two-run blast to cen­tre field dur­ing a three-run bot­tom of the in­ning.

Regina took the lead for good with a three-run sixth in­ning to close the scor­ing.

Starter Gar­rett Hawkins had a solid out­ing with 5.1 in­nings of six-hit ball, but was tagged with four earned runs when some in­her­ited run­ners scored in the sixth in­ning. The 6’5’’ righty from Big­gar struck out five and al­lowed one walk in his 57’s de­but.

Benz fin­ished the game with four hits, only a dou­ble short of the cy­cle. Dokey con­trib­uted two dou­bles, while Hunter and Orenczuk also had two-hit out­ings.

The 57’s will con­tinue a six-game home stand when they host Melville again on Thurs­day and Fri­day. They also host Fort Mcmur­ray on Satur­day.

The 57’s will be back in York­ton to face the Car­di­nals on Mon­day and Tues­day.

They will host the Ed­mon­ton Prospects on Wed­nes­day in a re­match of the 2017 WMBL cham­pi­onship se­ries that ended in game five at Mitchell Field.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Swift Cur­rent 57’s catcher Spencer Rankin (left) tried to get the tag down on Moose Jaw’s Scott Platt at home dur­ing a close loss at Mitchell Field last week.

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