57’s three-peat at­tempt ends in Regina

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The Swift Cur­rent 57’s twoyear reign atop the West­ern Ma­jor Base­ball League came to an abrupt con­clu­sion when they were elim­i­nated by the Regina Red Sox in the open­ing round of the play­offs.

Tues­day, the 57’s lost an er­ror filled se­ries opener 9-6. The Red Sox slugged three home runs as they de­feated the host 57’s to open the be­stof-five East­ern Di­vi­sion semi­fi­nal se­ries. The 57’s made a spir­ited come­back at­tempt, but made too many mis­takes in the field to de­feat the Red Sox as they were held to six hits.

Regina scored runs in four of the first five in­nings, in­clud­ing a three-run third in­ning to take a 4-0 lead.

The 57’s took ad­van­tage of Regina er­rors to score twice in the third, fifth, and sev­enth in­nings to tie the game 6-6 af­ter seven in­nings.

Regina’s Brooks Stotler hit a two-run home run in the eighth in­ning to re­store the lead and the Red Sox added an in­sur­ance run in the top of the ninth.

Wed­nes­day, the 57’s tied up the se­ries with a 7-5 win over the vis­it­ing Red Sox. The game fea­tured four er­rors by each team as the 57’s tied the se­ries at one game apiece.

Lead-off man Blake Adams and nine-hole hit­ter Jared Dokey each fin­ished with two hits, one run scored, and one run bat­ted in for the 57’s.

The 57’s took ad­van­tage of a Regina er­ror to score five runs in the sec­ond in­ning. Regina took ad­van­tage of some mis­takes to tie the game with three runs in the fourth and two in the sixth.

Ruben Ro­driquez brought home Nick Canas in the sixth to re­store a 6-5 Swift Cur­rent lead. The 57’s added an in­sur­ance run in the sev­enth when Ben Komonosky walked and came around to score on an er­ror.

Starter Joey Machado al­lowed three hits, three walks, and three runs, only one that was earned, over five in­nings.

Keil Krumwiede got the save with two score­less in­nings to close things out.

Thurs­day, the 57’s erased a 7-0 deficit but lost 10-9 in ex­tra in­nings to the host Red Sox.

The 57’s fell be­hind 7-0, scored the next nine runs to take a lead in the ninth in­ning, but then al­lowed two runs in the bot­tom of the in­ning to force ex­tra in­nings.

The 57’s loaded the bases in the 10th in­ning but could not score and then Adam De La Cruz scored on a fielder’s choice to clinch the win for Regina.

The 57’s fell be­hind in the third in­ning when the Red Sox scored four runs, capped by a two-out grand slam from Matt De­neau. The Red Sox added to the lead with two runs in the fourth in­ning to make it 7-0.

The 57’s re­sponded wit three runs in the fifth in­ning when Krumwiede hit a three-run home run. They inched closer with two runs in the eighth in­ning and then scored four runs in the ninth to take a brief lead.

The sea­son came to an end on Fri­day in Regina in 4-3 loss in walk-off fash­ion as the Red Sox fin­ished with eight wins in 10 games against the 57’s this sea­son.

The 57’s scored the open­ing run when Adams dou­bled and scored on a Canas sin­gle in the third in­ning. Regina tied the game in the sixth in­ning when Jashua Jones dou­bled and scored on a sac­ri­fice fly.

The 57’s re­gained the lead in the eighth in­ning when Dokey hit a two-out sin­gle to plate Miller. Regina took the lead in the bot­tom of the in­ning when a wild pitch hit the um­pire and al­lowed two Regina run­ners to score.

The 57’s tied the game in the top of the ninth in­ning when Miller sin­gled home Adams, who had been hit by a pitch to lead off the in­ning.

The game was de­layed by se­vere weather in the bot­tom of the ninth, tied 3-3. When the game re­sumed Jones sin­gled home Sa­muel De La Cruz for the se­ries-clinch­ing walk-off run.

Brock Gil­liam al­lowed only one run over six in­nings in the start for the 57’s.

Regina starter Kyle Wil­son held the 57’s to two runs over 7.1 in­nings in front of 510 fans at Cur­rie Field.


57’s sec­ond base­man Ruben Ro­driquez (left) tagged Regina’s Wes­ley Moss early in game two on Au­gust 1.

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