© Scott Anderson
Matt Hendriksen was tagged out at home plate during the Swift Current Indians playoff opening 6-1 win over the visiting Weyburn Beavers.
Tribe starting pitcher Anthony Armanino struck out 11 and the offence scored a key three runs in the opening inning as the Swift Current Indians earned a 6-1 win over the Weyburn Beavers.
Swift Current leads their WMBL opening round best-of-five playoff series with Weyburn by a 1-0 margin, with game two at Mitchell Field tonight.
Armanino, who was a perfect 4-0 in the regular season, gave up just five hits and an unearned run while yielding a single walk in his seven inning playoff performance.
Cody Chartrand and Taylor MacDonell each pitched an inning in relief for the Indians. Chartrand gave up a single hit pitching the eighth inning, while MacDonell struck out one and gave up a pair of hits in the ninth.
Ben Moore led the Beavers pitching staff in the regular season with a team best five wins, but he was tagged for eight hits and four walks while yielding five runs over a six inning pitching effort. Ryan Shaw pitched the final two innings for Weyburn, giving up a single run on three hits.
Jordan Funtila scored the lone Weyburn run, opening the game with a lead off single, stealing second, and scoring on an infield error.
Swift Current scored all the runs they would need in the bottom of the first inning by the first four Indians to step into the batters box. Matt Spillman drew a lead off walk, advanced to third on a Bryant Munoz double, and both players were cashed in by a Danny Clifford two-run double. Clifford scored when he was doubled home by Matt Henriksen.
The Indians added single runs in the second, fifth and eighth innings, with Mario Sanchez putting an exclamation mark on the win with a solo lead off home run in the eighth.
Eight of the nine Indians starters had a hit, with Clifford setting the pace with three hits and three runs batted in.
Weyburn's Dusty Kerns was a perfect four for four while hitting seventh in the Beavers line-up, but the first six hitters combined for 12-strikeouts and two hits.
Other Wednesday night scores were:
Medicine Hat 6, Moose Jaw 2.
Regina 6, Melville 4.
Lethbridge 19, Okotoks 3.