Tribe move to 2-0 in playoffs with second straight complete game
The Swift Current Indians got a complete game shutout from Sean Callegari as they took a commanding 2-0 series lead with a 5-0 win over the Weyburn Beavers Saturday.
The host Indians did not use their bullpen for a second straight game as Callegari allowed only two hits and two walks while striking out four over nine innings. The Richmond, BC native faced only 28 batters and threw only 111 pitches after finishing 5-0 in the regular season.
The Indians now lead the best-of-five series 2-0 and will look to close things out Sunday in Weyburn.
Eric Sams homered for a second straight game, a towering two-run shot in the second inning, and Liam Goodall also homered during a three-hit performance out of the nine-hole. Eros Modena had a pair of hits and is now batting .556 in the playoffs. Justin Lee added a double and a single and knocked home a run as the Indians got five hits out of their bottom two hitters in the line-up.
The Indians were second in the WMBL with a .348 batting average and a .421 on-base percentage, while leading the league with a .580 slugging percentage over the first two days of the playoffs as they got contributions from throughout their order.
“I think the key to success is being able to hit one through nine in the order,” said Callegari. “The guys at the bottom are coming through and the guys at the top are coming through and there won’t be a lot of luck for the rest of the teams we face in the playoffs.”
“Everybody is doing great,” added Sams. “We are squaring balls up real hard. Liam hit a nice home run and J-Lee hit it off the fence, which with a little more wind and it maybe goes out. A phenomenal job by everybody.”
Sams had home runs from both side of the plate already in the playoffs. “Yeah I am just looking for a good pitch to hit and trying to square balls up and that’s all I am trying to do,” he explained.
The team’s confidence level was very high after seven straight wins. “Yeah is it real high. I mean we have to stay level throughout it, but everyone is real confident in everything we do,” said Sams.
“It is pretty high but we have to be careful not to be too cocky,” cautioned Callegari. “Baseball is a funny game like that and can turn on you like a dime. Confidence is good but cockiness is not. Hopefully we can keep the confidence and keep it in check.”