Swift Current reaches 20-win plateau with 14-8 win over Yorkton

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The Swift Current Indians became the third Western Major Baseball League team to reach the 20-win plateau with a 14-8 win over the host Yorkton Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.

After sweeping a tough four game in three days eastern road swing, the Tribe are now 9-4 to start a busy month of July and their 20-13 record places them third best in the Western Major Baseball League. Swift Current is also on a five game winning streak, their second longest streak of the season.

In the second of back-to-back games in Yorkton, the Tribe held a 3-1 lead after three innings and stretched their advantage to 9-1 after seven and a half innings, with the teams each counting five runs in the ninth inning.

Eric Modena had a six RBI performance for Swift Current, hitting a two-run triple to spark a three run third inning, smacking a two-run double to begin a four run seventh inning, plus connecting for a two-run double to drive in Swift Current's final two runs in a five run ninth inning.

Reilly Grose improved to 2-0 on the year with a strong seven inning performance, his longest outing of the season. The Wymark product gave up just four hits and he struck out two while yielding three runs over seven innings.

A quartet of Tribe relievers were on the mound in the final two innings. Mike Frericks struck out a pair of batters while pitching the eighth inning. Justin Kehler was credited with giving up a trio of runs on two hits while facing five hitters in the bottom of the ninth. BJ Moen got the final out but not before giving up a pair of runs on two hits and a walk.

It was a successful weekend for the Tribe, as they won their series opener in Yorkton by a 9-4 count on Saturday night, plus they won both ends of a Friday night doubleheader in Melville on Friday by scores of 5-3 and 4-2. The defending WMBL champion Millionaires have now lost six in a row and sit out of the post season picture at 11-20.

The Tribe now returns home for a Monday night game at Mitchell Field against the visiting WMBL best Lethbridge Bulls (22-10).

Organizations: Western Major Baseball League, Swift Current Indians, Melville Millionaires

Geographic location: Swift Current, Yorkton, Melville

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