Swift Current Indians
The Swift Current Indians scored 16 runs to sweep the visiting Lethbridge Bulls on Monday in a double header that lasted over six hours at Mitchell Field.
They overcame an early rain delay to pick up a 7-3 win in seven innings in the opener. The game began at 6:05 p.m. and endured a one hour and forty-five minute rain delay.
The Indians knocked out homeruns in three consecutive innings, beginning in the second with a solo blast from Aaron Dunsmore, his seventh of the season. Alex Mortensen hit a two-run home run in the third and David Greenstein smacked a three-run shot in the fourth as the Tribe outhit the Bulls 11-4.
Brian Ranta earned the win, allowing four hits and two earned runs over 5-1/3 innings with four walks and six strikeouts to improve to 4-3 this season.
Closer Cody Chartrand retired the final five batters, striking out three, to lower his earned run average to 1.08.
The second game began at 10:15 p.m. and lasted until 12:12 a.m. when the Tribe defeated the Bulls 9-6. Myles Ethier earned the win, allowing eight hits and three earned runs over 4-2/3 innings while striking out three.
Mortensen finished three-for-four with a run scored and an RBI to improve his average to .373.
Dunsmore homered again, doubled, scored twice, and added three RBI's to move his average to .395.
"It was a long night and a long day altogether. We battled the weather a little bit, but the guys did a good job getting the field ready and then playing two good games and getting two W's," said coach Joe Carnahan.
"They did a good job," said Carnahan of his players' ability to stay sharp throught the evening. "I mean, shoot that is a long time to be at the field and to be focused for that long and then put in an hour, hour-an-a-half of field work and rain delay. They did a good job today offensively, defensively, and on the mound."
The Indians improved their record to 23-17 as they dropped Lethbridge to 22-18. Next up for the Indians will be another home game on Tuesday when they host the Medicine Hat Mavericks (28-13) at 7:05 at Mitchell Field.