57’s chas­ing down home field ad­van­tage

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The Swift Cur­rent 57’s bat­tle for home field ad­van­tage in the play­offs looks like it will go down to the wire. The 57’s won four of five games last week as they passed the slump­ing Regina Red Sox for sec­ond in the Western Ma­jor Base­ball League’s Eastern Divi­sion.

Tues­day, the 57’s used the long ball and some strong start­ing pitch­ing to de­feat the host Moose Jaw Miller Ex­press 8-4 for their sev­enth straight win.

The 57’s jumped out to an early lead when Bo Mc­clin­tock hit a three-run home run be­fore an out had even been recorded in the game. Jared Bins­feld added a sin­gle to score Ethan Hunter to com­plete a four-run open­ing in­ning.

They added to their lead in the sec­ond in­ning when Ruben Ro­driquez grounded out to score Nick Canas.

The 57’s added some in­sur­ance in the ninth in­ning with a two-run home run from Ben Komonosky. Ryan Gross added an RBI sin­gle to plate Hunter.

Isiah Campa earned the win af­ter al­low­ing only one hit and one run over six in­nings. His lone blem­ish was a sole home run from John Prud­hom in the sixth in­ning.

Aaron Pugh and Spencer Koelewyn both added score­less re­lief in­nings be­fore the Miller Ex­press got to Nick Hooper for three runs in the bot­tom of the ninth. Tommy Steier came on and got the fi­nal out to clinch the win when Ryan Gross picked off Alex Hen­dra-brown at first base.

Wed­nes­day, af­ter fall­ing be­hind 3-0, the 57’s scored nine unan­swered runs for their eighth con­sec­u­tive win Melville.

The 57’s handed the Mil­lion­aires a 9-3 loss as their late sea­son surge con­tin­ued.

The Mil­lion­aires put three runs on the board be­fore they made an out, capped by a Nik Pa­gan two-run home run in the first in­ning.

The 57’s cut into the lead with a run in the fourth in­ning and then ex­ploded for six runs in the fifth in­ning to take a lead they would not re­lin­quish.

Evan Pont­ley picked up the win af­ter al­low­ing five hits, one walk, and three runs over seven in­nings.

Lefty Jack Ferguson and Steier split the fi­nal two in­nings to close out the win.

Out­fielder Myles Miller con­tin­ued his steady pro­duc­tion with two hits, one run scored, and four runs bat­ted in.

Ro­driquez also con­tin­ued his in­cred­i­ble start with the 57’s. The El Paso, Texas prod­uct fin­ished two-for-three with two walks, four runs scored, and one run bat­ted in.

Canas also had two hits with a run scored and a RBI.

Thurs­day, the 57’s bats re­mained hot as they de­feated the host Mil­lion­aires 9-4 to stretch their win­ning streak to nine games.

Af­ter three score­less in­nings, the 57’s scored six runs in the fourth in­ning. They added one run in the sixth and two in the eighth for their fourth con­sec­u­tive game with eight runs or more.

Brock Gil­liam earned the win as he held the host team to four hits, two runs, only one that was earned, while strik­ing out four over five in­nings. Pugh and Koelewyn each pitched two re­lief in­nings, al­low­ing one un­earned run apiece.

Cen­tre-fielder An­thony Stewart led the of­fense from the bot­tom of the or­der with three hits, two runs scored, and one run bat­ted in.

Lead­off man Blake Adams fin­ished with two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI’S.

Fri­day, the 57’s nine-game win­ning streak came to an end in a 9-6 loss to the vis­it­ing Oko­toks Dawgs. A rare south wind led to fire­works at Mitchell Field as the two teams com­bined for six home runs, but it was the Dawgs who fin­ished with 14 hits to take the win.

Catcher Ben Komonosky went deep twice for the 57’s, in­clud­ing a solo home run in the sec­ond in­ning and a mas­sive three-run blast in the fourth in­ning.

Sun­day, three pitch­ers held the host Moose Jaw Miller Ex­press to four hits and Adams hit two home runs in a 12-2 win. The 57’s moved into sec­ond spot in the Eastern Divi­sion with their 10th win in the past 11 games.

The 57’s jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the sec­ond in­ning on two-run sin­gles from Stewart and Ro­driquez and a bases loaded walk from Canas.

Adams added a solo home run in the fourth in­ning. Canas also scored on a balk to make it 7-1.

Adams added his sec­ond home run of the game in the eighth in­ning. Keil Krumwiede added a run in the ninth in­ning on a wild pitch and then Komonosky scored on an er­ror. Stewart capped the four-run in­ning with a two-run home run to plate Hunter, who fin­ished the night with three hits. Stewart fin­ished the evening with two hits, two runs scored, and four runs bat­ted in out of the nine spot in the bat­ting or­der.

Gar­rett Hawkins al­lowed only solo home runs to Brooks Ben­son and Ty Schin­del while strik­ing out seven over five in­nings in the win.

Pugh and Koelewyn each added two score­less in­nings of re­lief for the 57’s to close out the win.

The 57’s im­proved to 24-18 with six games re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar sea­son, while Moose Jaw dropped 20-22.

The 57’s will con­clude the reg­u­lar sea­son with four games in as many days, be­gin­ning Thurs­day in Melville. They will wrap things up with home games against York­ton on Fri­day, Satur­day, and Sun­day at 7:05 p.m. at Mitchell Field.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Above: Swift Cur­rent 57’s first base­man Bo Mc­clin­tock (left) reached to tag Oko­toks’ Nate Dechaine af­ter an er­rant throw. Be­low: Short­stop Ethan Hunter scooped a hard ground ball dur­ing a 9-6 loss against Oko­toks.

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