Miller Express Start Season with 4 Wins

Nick Murray

It looks like Moose Jaw is about to continue its steak of sporting success. Hot on the trails of the Moose Jaw Warriors fantastic 2017-2018 season, the Moose Jaw Miller Express kicked their season off with an even more impressive start.

They started the season with a home game against the Yorkton Cardinals, and exited the gates with a jaw-dropping 8 run first inning. Cardinal pitcher, Austin Skelhorn, was a bit shaky, walking the lead-off hitter, then hitting the next batter with an errant pitch and only making it through 8 batters before being pulled the game...and all that without even one out. The Moose Jaw bats capitalized to maximum effect. 

The rest of the game was a little more relaxed, Miller starting pitcher Mitchell Robinson was spotless through five. Yorkton scored twice in the first but both runs were unearned. Relief pitchers Cortland Hampton and Jesse Marks closed the game out in solid fashion. The Millers won 9-3.

Alex Hendra-Brown had 4 hits and 3 RBIs and Ty Roseberry had 2 hits and 2 RBIs

In game two they met the visiting Swift Current 57s and exacted the Warriors revenge with a 7-1 thrashing. 6 of those runs came in the third inning, with two outs. Second baseman Blake Gallagher had two hits and a RBI and Brooks Benson, a right-fielder, had one hit and 2 RBIs. Ryder Yakel was sharp on the mound, giving up only one run in five innings. The score would have likely been a lot worse for Swift Current had it not been for the rain that forced the game to end in the seventh inning.

For games three and four, the Millers travelled to Brooks to battle the Bombers. On the Saturday night game the bats again came alive, out-hitting Brooks 18-4 and outscoring them 12-5. Center-fielder, Eric Marriott had 3 hits and an RBI and Brooks Benson continued his run of stellar swinging with 4 hits and 2 RBIs. Gunner Pickett was the third solid starting pitcher in three nights, going six innings and only allowing one run.

Game four was an afternoon barnburner. The Miller Express finished the war of attrition with a 13-10 bloodbath capped off with another 3 RBIs from Eric Marriott and home runs from Ty Roseberry and Adam Cook.

They will be back at Ross Wells in Moose Jaw on Tuesday night against the Regina Red Sox