The Swift Current Indians have been simply dominant thus far in the 2016 WMBL Playoffs. With an 8-5 win over Yorkton on Sunday, the Indians swept their second straight series and booked a ticket to the WMBL Finals. Swift Current will get a day or two off while they await the winner of the Medicine Hat, Edmonton series playing out West. Medicine Hat currently holds a 2-1 advantage in the series as game 4 gets set to go this evening in Edmonton.
Swift Current got off to a fantastic start in their series, downing the Cardinals 3-0 in game 1. Luke Wiechec was dominant over 8 innings of work only surrendering 1 hit and striking out 4. Ryan Pope finished the 9th off and the shutout was complete. Liam Goodall and Bodie Cooper both hit solo shots to provide enough offense to win the game. In game 2 it was more of the same from the Indians. WMBL 1st team all-star Bobby St. Pierre threw 7 shutout innings for the win, and a second straight shutout for Swift Current. Yesterday the Indians finished off the sweep with an 8-5 win in Yorkton. A 5 run 7th inning started by two walks and two Yorkton errors cost the Cardinals a shot at victory. The Indians are now 6-0 in the playoffs, they are hitting .306 as a team and have outscored their opponents 51-25. A couple days off will surely do the team some good as they await their opponent in the finals.
In the West Division Finals the Medicine Hat Mavericks hold a 2-1 lead over the Edmonton Prospects as game 4 is set to take place at Telus Field in Edmonton tonight. In game 1 of the series Jared Libke continued his torrid run so far in the 2016 WMBL Playoffs. Libke threw 8 innings of 4 hit ball and struck out 5. Matt Dallas pitched a scoreless 9th to pick up the save and complete the shutout for the Mavs. In two starts in the playoffs, Libke has thrown 18 innings, allowing only 1 run on 7 hits, striking out 15 compared to only 3 walks. The great pitching from both teams continued on Saturday night. Edmonton battled to level the series at 1-1 on a great pitching performance from Noah Gapp. Gapp threw the entire game, giving up 8 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB and 11 K’s. Kody Funderburk hit a 3 run shot in the top of the 7th to give Edmonton all the offense they would need for victory. Yesterday in Edmonton, Med Hat scored in 6 out of the 9 innings to put a stranglehold on the series at 2-1. Every Medicine Hat starter recorded at least 1 hit in the game, including a 3-4 night from leadoff hitter William Salas. Edmonton will look to push the series to a 5th and deciding game tonight in front of their home crowd. An Edmonton win would mean game 5 tomorrow back in Medicine Hat, as they were the higher seed during the regular season.
Good luck to both teams as they look to clinch a spot against Swift Current in the finals. Check back soon for more playoff updates.