Fast start not enough for Express

Miller Express second baseman Lane Harvey managed to get in front of this wicked hop but was unable to make the play to first.

The Moose Jaw Miller Express wasted little time when it came to taking control of the game on Wednesday night.
Unfortunately for the local squad, they’d be unable to make it stand.
The Express scored four runs in the first inning against the Melville Millionaires in Western Major Baseball League action at Ross Wells Park, but that would mark the end of their offensive production as they dropped a 7-4 decision.
Melville improved to 3-4, Moose Jaw fell to 1-4.
“We’re putting ourselves behind the eight ball a little bit and it just makes it tough to comes to trying to win games,” said Express coach Michael Hunt. “It’s kind of all been rolling into one, and when one bad thing happens it all starts snowballing. If we can not let that snowball start, we’ll be better for it.”
The end result was especially disappointing considering it looked like the home team were going to enjoy a bit of a laugher after the first inning.
After Express starter Zach McDonald got out the top of the first with little difficulty, Moose Jaw batted around in their half — a lead-off double by Scott Platt, single by Travis Able and walk to Cole Warken set the table for Zach Fascia, who hit a two-run single. After Ben Dalke drew a walk, Adam Cook hit a sacrifice fly to score Warken and take a 3-0 lead before a wild pitch to Pete Kotechis allowed Fascia to score from third.
The four-run edge didn’t last a half-inning.
The Millionaires promptly followed suit in the top of the second, scoring four runs of their own on five hits.
The inning turned out to be an anomaly as McDonald settled down from there, holding Melville scoreless the next two innings and leaving the game after the fourth after giving up the four runs on six hits and striking out two.
Melville took the lead in the top of the sixth on a solo home run by Marshall McPherson and padded their lead with a two-run shot by Mason Furlong in the eighth.
Jesse Marks took the loss after surrendering McPherson’s home run, one of only two hits he surrendered in two innings of relief. D.J. Martinez pitched the seventh and eighth and gave up a pair of runs on two hits; Grant Westmoreland closed out the game with a scoreless ninth.
While all of Melville’s runs were earned, the Express continued to struggle defensively, committing five errors and prolonging innings that could have otherwise ended quickly. That’s a problem that’s starting to wear thin for Hunt.
“We have plenty of quality arms, we just have to help them out a little bit so they aren’t throwing as many pitches per inning,” he said. “We talk and talk and talk, and we’re getting to the point where we’re not going to talk any more, we’re going to start making some changes.”
Brody Curry was the winning pitcher as he was able to hold the Express scoreless after the first despite walking four. Moose Jaw drew 10 walks in the contest and stranded 15 baserunners in the game.
The Express were on the road Thursday against the Swift Current 57s before traveling to Weyburn to face the Beavers on Friday. Next home action in Saturday against Melville.