Millers Win Back-to-Back Games on Weekend

Nick Murray

The Moose Jaw Miller Express turned around some of their recent woes, with back-to-back victories this weekend.

On Friday night, ace pitcher Ryder Yakel was spectacular. Giving up only two hits in seven innings of scoreless baseball against the Edmonton Prospects. He was surrounded by a well rounded offensive onslaught. The game ended 9-1 Millers and no player had more than a single RBI. Both Scott Platt and Geordie McDougall hit solo home runs.

Saturday night's game against the Melville Millionaires was postponed due to weather, but resumed again late sunday afternoon.

Hot hitting backstop, Ty Barclay batted, strangely enough considering he has the clubs best batting average (.333), in the number 9 spot in the lineup and it couldn't have worked out better for the Millers. Having Barclay bat ninth basically put one more consistent hitter on base for the big bats to drive home. Barclay had two singles and was knocked home on both occasions. It would be interesting to see Barclay either in the nine slot or even at lead off in future games.

Ty Roseberry was excellent again, hitting his fifth home run of the season and notching another two RBIs onto his season tally.

Eric Marriott had three hits and an RBI, one of the hits was a triple.

Scott Platt had two hits and an RBI and Brooks Benson launched his second homer of the year.
The Millers' base running was a big factor in the game. The team had a combined 10 stolen bases. 4 of which came from John Raybourn, who utilized lethal speed if he gets on base. The problem is that he can't get on base. His standing batting average is a paltry .088.

Starting pitcher Mason Garispe gave up 11 hits and only three earned runs over six innings.

For the Millionaires, Kole Kaler and Nik Pagan had three hits apiece.

The final score was 10-4 Millers

They'll be back at Ross Wells on Tuesday for a duel with the top team in the league, the Weyburn Beavers