Defending league and provincial champion Swift Current Mosquito Indians have found another winning recipe this season
© Steven Mah
The Swift Current Mosquito Indians have picked up right where they left off last season when they won the Baseball Regina AAA League and AA Provincials.
The Indians have jumped out to a 15-3 record in league play this season including 13-3 and 14-5 wins over the visiting White Butte Broncos on Sunday.
“We did a really good job of putting the ball in play and we got hits from everybody today, which is nice and we have been having that happen for the last few weekends,” explained coach Derek Murdoch. “You can tell that all of our guys, especially the guys that are newer to this level, have picked up some hits the last couple of weekends and have got that confidence. You can just tell they are different guys when they are digging now. They are going up expecting to get a hit and it is pretty fun to watch.”
Despite their recent success, Murdoch has been encouraging his young team to remain focused throughout ball games.
“We have had some games the last couple of weekends where we have got up big and you don’t want your guys to fall asleep and forget about all the little things that need to happen on every play. That’s one thing about baseball is that they are starting to realize that every play you can see something different that you haven’t seen yet. We have done a pretty good job of that and we have such a solid group of competitive kids that it is not too hard to keep them in the game.”
The Mosquito Indians have five returnees from last year’s league and provincial championship team and seven rookies.
“I think going into it we figured that we have some pretty strong top-end pieces that were pretty key pieces of the team last year, so we knew that our leaders were probably going to be guys that were going to do a good job on and off the field,” explained Murdoch.
“Some of the young guys have really stepped up and really started to contribute in the last couple of weeks. We are pretty strong 1-12, that’s one of the differences with us and the teams in the league that we are seeing. They have a couple of kids that you really need to keep an eye on but right now there isn’t any easy outs in our line-up,” he added.