The Swift Current Indians’ season came to an end one win short of a Western Major Baseball League championship series appearance.
The Tribe struggled to hit with runners in scoring position Saturday in a 5-1 loss to the visiting Melville Millionaires in game five of the best-of-five WMBL semi-final series. The Indians knocked out 10 hits but stranded a total of 15 baserunners to see their season come to an end.
Bryant Munoz scored the only run when he doubled to lead off the sixth inning and Matt Spillman doubled him in two batters later.
Anthony Armanino took the loss on the mound, allowing eight hits, five runs, only three that were earned, and two walks while striking out nine. Seth Haehl pitched three scoreless innings in relief.
Melville’s Ethan Sharp pitched his way in an out of trouble for the win. He scattered nine hits and four walks over six innings of one-run ball with one strikeout. Callaway Kirkpatrick pitched three scoreless innings to clinch the win.
Melville advanced to face the Medicine Hat Mavericks in the championship series.