Midget Indians three-peat at Provincials

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The Swift Current Midget Indians outscored their opponents 54-7 to three-peat as provincial champions.

The Swift Current Midget Indians defeated the North East Red Sox 9-2 in the championship game to three-peat as AA Midget Provincial champions in Saskatoon on Sunday afternoon. Zac Mackay earned the win in the championship game.

The Indians were even more dominant this year at Provincials, outscoring their opponents 54-7 during five straight wins. Last year they outscored their opponents 43-7 at Provincials in North Battleford.

Outfielder Josh Siemens won his third straight provincial title with the Midget Indians.

“This last one was the best,” he explained. “Going out on top and playing with the guys for the last time, it was really good.”

After four dominating games, Siemens said the rematch against the Red Sox, who hailed from the Melfort and Humboldt area, was a tougher test in the final.

“There was some easy games in there, but we played really well throughout the weekend. We thought the final was going to be a lot easier than what it was. They came out playing really well. We were losing for about half the game but we really just came together in one inning and took the lead and didn’t really look back after that.”

They opened their tournament on Thursday evening with a 12-2 win over the North East Red Sox.

Kade Behm earned the win Friday afternoon as the Tribe defeated the Regina Buffalos 17-8.

Saturday afternoon, they defeated the Saskatoon A’s 11-1 as Tyrell Olfert picked up the win on the mound.

The Midget Indians shut out Weyburn 10-0 to finish the round robin unbeaten as Hayden Johnston earned the win.

The semifinal was more of the same as they downed the Melville Millionaires 12-2 as Justin Kehler picked up the win.

The Indians’ provincial championship qualified the team to participate in Westerns in Morden, MB August 16-20. They finished second in 2011 and won Westerns in 2010.

The Indians will be a drastically different team when they take the field in Morden. They will be without a number of players who are due back with hockey teams as well as pitcher Justin Kehler, who is heading to California to begin his season down south.

The Indians are expected to fill out their roster with players from their championship game opponent, as well as other local players.

With players such as Reid Fritzke and Hayden Johnston still in the line-up, Siemens expects to have a strong showing at Westerns.

“I think with the group of guys going, we have a good shot at winning. We still have a lot of good players that are going… Our goal is definitely to win and anything short of that would be a little disappointing.”

Organizations: Swift Current Midget Indians, SPBL, Baseball Saskatchewan

Geographic location: Saskatoon, North Battleford.They, Morden

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