It only two offensively strong innings for the Moose Jaw Miller Express to take down the 57s in Swift Current on Tuesday 11-6.
Moose Jaw overcame a six-run deficit and combined for 11 hits in the win. Parker Dorrance, Bryan Reyes, Luke Shekeryk, and Grayson Barrett all cashed in with two RBIs apiece, with Zach Campbell adding an RBI of his own.
It looked like Patrick Tangen was cruising through four shutout innings, only giving up two hits, and striking out two, with his team giving him a 6-0 advantage.
The Millers’ came alive in the fifth inning and got to Tangen. After Joe Osburn would hit a leadoff double, and then a wild pitch would advance him to third. A balk by Tagen would bring Osburn home to put Moose Jaw on the board 6-1.
Greyson Barrett would follow that up with a double of his own, and then Zach Campbell would hit a single to left field to put two men on and one out. Next up, Parker Dorrance would bring Barrett home off a single to make it 6-2.
With two men on, Bryan Reyes hit a double to right field, scoring Zach Campbell, and Parker Dorrance to make it 6-4. Reyes would score off the bat of an Austin Gurney single to cut the Swift Current lead to 6-5.
Following the fourth inning, Moose Jaw’s bullpen would shut the door between Ethan Merk, and Reece Helland would pitch a combined six shutout innings only allowing two hits, while striking out four.
The game would remain 6-5 until the top of the ninth inning. Trent Greek would substitute starter Tangen and come in to get two quick outs, but Moose Jaw wasn’t giving up the third out.
Bryan Reyes would get things rolling with a two-out single, followed by a walk to Gurney would put two men on base. Pinch hitter Luke Shekeryk would drive both base runners home with a double to left field to give Moose Jaw their first lead of the game 7-6.
The offense would continue for the Millers as Joe Osburn’s patience would earn him a walk and put two runners on with still two outs. Greyson Barrett then comes to the plate and hits a single to left field scoring pinch runner Jesse Scholtz and Osburn to extend the lead to 9-6. Zach Campbell would then crush a single to center field, scoring pinch runner Luke LaChance. The string of singles continued, as Parker Dorrance hits one to center field, scoring LaChance to put Moose Jaw up 11-6.
Ethan Merk would earn his first win of the season in only his fourth game of the season.
The two teams will complete the home-and-home series on Wednesday night at Ross Wells Park at 7:05 p.m.