Midget Indians earn silver at Westerns

Steven Mah
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The host Swift Current Midget Indians slugged their way to another silver medal at the 2013 AA Western Canada Baseball Championships over the weekend.

They won four games and suffered two losses against provincial champion teams from across the four western provinces.

The Midget Indians opened the tournament with a mercy-rule shortened 10-0 win over the Bonnyville Braves. Zac Mackay picked up the win on the mound, while Kade Behm and Riley Gamble chipped in scoreless relief appearances.

The Midget Indians were every bit as good on Saturday morning when they needed just six innings to defeat Prince George 14-2. Brandon Schultz went the distance on the mound and was named Player of the Game by the opposition coaching staff. Reid Fritzke highlighted the game with a towering home run to leadoff the sixth inning that landed midway up the trees that sit well back of the leftfield fence at Mitchell Field.

The Indians continued to mash that evening when they slugged three home runs in a 9-5 win over the Lloydminster Twins. BJ Moen pitched five strong innings and hit a grand slam on his way to Player of the Game honours.

The Indians were derailed by one bad inning in their final round robin game, a 9-7 loss to the Brandon Knights. It was a costly loss as they were forced to play a tie-breaker before the championship game.

The Tribe sent ace Zac Mackay to the mound in the rematch against Lloydminster. Mackay did not disappoint, allowing only four runs in a 16-4 win over six innings.

Swift Current got a rematch against Brandon in the championship game but were unable to find an answer for a talented opponent.

They allowed runs in each of the first four innings to trail 6-1 and eventually suffered a 6-2 loss. George Hudec singled in Fritzke for the Indians’ first run and Darby Crozier cashed in Mackay for the second run. Mackay was named Player of the Game by Brandon after he doubled, stole a base, and scored a run while playing excellent defense at shortstop.

“The tournament went great,” said head coach Brennan Peterson. “We ran into actually a pretty good team in the final. They played a great game of baseball. We had a couple of errors that really hurt us. Their pitcher pitched his butt off and we made some great plays on defense. We got beat, they played a great game, so you have give them a lot of credit.”

Organizations: Swift Current Midget Indians, Swift Current Minor Ball

Geographic location: Swift Current, Fritzke

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