Pena and Manley limit Prospects to single run as Tribe earn second consecutive victory
© Steven Mah
After losing their first four games of the Western Major Baseball League season, the Swift Current Indians have now won two straight.
Sunday, the Indians got outstanding pitching performances from Fernando Pena and Zach Manley in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Prospects.
Pena made the start and limited the Prospects to eight hits, two walks, and one run over six innings with six strikeouts to leave the game after six innings tied 1-1. Zach Manley pitched the final three innings allowing only two hits while striking out a pair for the win.
The Indians fell behind 1-0 in the top of the sixth inning. They responded in the sixth inning when Luke Barry made it to first on a fielder’s choice, advanced to second on a balk, and was singles in by shortstop Hunter Owen.
The game was briefly delayed by rain but the Tribe scored twice in the eighth when the Edmonton right fielder lost Chad Schultz’s fly ball in the sun and Owen and Liam Goodall scored with two out.
The Tribe finished the weekend with a 2-4 record this season. “You never want to start a season the way we did,” said coach Joe Carnahan. “The thing is it is a long year and you just have to stay even-keel and the guys are doing a good job with that and today showed that. We had opportunities early to score and we didn’t. We just stayed level and did a good job on the mound, a good job defensively, and came away with the win today.”
The Indians continue to wait for more players after a few arrived for this weekend's wins. “We are still waiting for quite a few, probably about six guys. We have some pitchers and more position players that should be here within the next week. We just have to keep moving forward with what we are doing,” said Carnahan.
The Indians will be back at home Tuesday to host the Okotoks Dawgs (1-5) at 7:05 p.m. at Mitchell Field.