Swift Current Indians
The Swift Current Indians pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of seven errors to run away with a 15-2 win over the host Moose Jaw Miller Express in Western Major Baseball League action on Tuesday.
The road victory moved Swift Current back into first place in the Central Division standings, a half game ahead of Moose Jaw, as the Tribe improved to 8-6 on the road.
Steve Thompson earned the win on the mound for the Tribe, throwing a three-hit four strikeout performance during six innings of work while giving up just a single run. The Californian from Lewis Clark State is now 2-2 on the season with a 2.45 ERA.
Reilly Grose earned the save, giving up four hits and a single run over the final three innings.
Offensively the Tribe scored all the runs they would need over the first two innings, jumping out to leads of 2-0 and 5-0, and they pulled away by scoring 10 runs over the fifth to eighth innings.
Taylor Steen blasted a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give the catcher his first home run of the season and help the Tribe open a 7-1 lead. Steen, who hails from Grand Forks, N.D. boasts a .326 batting average and 14 RBIs.
Eric Sams added a two-run home run of his own in the sixth inning, with Swift Current jumping into a 9-1 advantage. The Apopka, Florida product now has home runs in back to back games and has a four game hit streak in just five games with the Tribe.
Darren Kolk led the Tribe by going three for four at the plate, and lead off hitter Josh Johnson collected three RBIs during a two hit evening.
Swift Current returns to the friendly confines of Mitchell Field tonight for a 7:05 p.m. start against the 10-16 Saskatoon Yellow Jackets. Saskatoon is coming off a heart breaking 10-9, 14 inning loss to the Regina Red Sox, where the Yellow Jackets could not hold onto a 9-6 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning.