A six-run seventh inning was what the Moose Jaw Miller Express needed to sneak past the Medicine Hat Mavericks 10-9 on Thursday night.
For three-quarters of the game, Moose Jaw was trailing the Mavericks, as they headed into the top of the seventh down 6-4. That all changed though, as Michael Speck, Zack Campbell, and Nate Mensik loaded the bases with three consecutive walks with only one out.
Brian Reyes also was walked, which scored Speck to cut the Mavericks' lead to 6-5. The struggles continued for Medicine Hat on the mound as the next batter, Austin Gurney was hit by a pitch to allow Campbell to score, tying the game at 6-6.
Next up was Cam Grant who also got hit by a pitch, scoring Nate Mensik with still only one out. After two wild pitches with Hudson Barrett at the plate, Brian Reyes and Austin Gurney score to give the Millers a 9-7 lead.
Michael Speck would come around to bat and off a sacrifice fly, allowing Cam Grant to score to give Moose Jaw the 10-6 lead.
Medicine Hat didn’t give up as they scored three in the bottom half of the seventh to cut the deficit to 10-9.
That’s as close as the Mavericks would get as reliever Jesse Scholtz would again close the door, picking up his fourth save of the season, pitching one inning, and allowing one hit.
Lumsden product Triston Seitz would pitch one and a third innings, allowing two hits, striking out one, and earning his first win of the season.
Brian Reyes, and Nate Mensik went two-for-three at the plate with Reyes picking up an RBI. Hudson Barrett added two RBIs going two-for-four on the night.
With the win, the Millers improve to 14-6 on the season and still have a one-game edge on the Swift Current 57s atop the Western Canadian Baseball League’s East Division.
The Millers and 57s will battle for first place this weekend as they will take part in a two-game home-and-home series beginning Friday night at Ross Wells Park- with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.