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After battling streaks, slumps, weather, rainouts, double headers, travel, mosquitos, and the toughest competition the WMBL has ever had, the playoffs are finally here, and it took to the last week of regular play to find out how it’s all going down. #MISSION9W starts with a home field advantage matchup in the East Division against the Weyburn Beavers, while the Red Sox and Cardinals mix it up in their battle for the second round. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #mission9w and let the team know you are behind them.

The playoffs are three rounds of best-of-five matchups. Our Round One looks like this:
Games 1 and 2 will be at Mitchell Field Friday and Saturday Night 7:05pm
Games 3, and 4 if necessary, Sunday night and Monday night in Weyburn.
Game 5 would be back at Mitchell Field Tuesday night, again if necessary.

For those of you following from afar, we are expecting to have our Webcaster and local radio personality Cam Krell on hand to cover the play by play for our home games streaming live on our Watch Live page for the duration of the playoffs.

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What’s in a Number?

Baseball is a statisticians dream. You can dissect the game into a million different categories, but when it comes down to it, it’s all about the wins and losses. Have a look at the Eastern Division, and the Regina Red Sox have clinched not only a playoff spot, but one more win will give them the division crown. In the West, their three playoff contenders are all but set, yet there in no guarantee about the seedings for playoffs.

And then you have the Central Division. Back and forth atop the rankings after a rough start, it’s starting to look like a playoff picture developing. Using some crude estimates and best guesses, Swift Current may end up going to the Eastern Playoffs, and Moose Jaw heads West. BUT with eight or nine games left to play, anything can happen. All it takes is one team getting hot or cold this late in the season to throw a big curveball to the standings. Stay tuned, this is far from over!!!!

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Tops in Division, 2nd in League

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Currently riding their best streak of the season, and 9-1 in their last ten games, the Indians have found their stride as compared to the rough start this year. They are now 3.5 up on division rival Moose Jaw, and second in the league only to the Lethbridge Bulls in the West (.667 vs .629).

Up next the Tribe plays 4 away games in 3 nights (due to a double header Thursday night in Weyburn). Following a three day rest, the team will finish the season with a five game home stand and seven games in seven nights to get ready for the playoffs. Early projections would seem to place us in the East Division bracket, but with the majority of teams still with 13 games remaining, almost anything can happen.

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Central Division Battle

Some key victories as of late has put the team back on top of the division, especially a win against Moose Jaw last night, and some help from other teams beating up on our division rivals. Saskatoon is back in town this evening, followed up by a visit from Regina Thursday night.

Out West, things are shaping up as they had been in previous years. The Dawgs are finding their stride and moving up, while Edmonton has struggled and dropped down to last place. In the East, its all about Regina; the other three teams scrapping for a shot in the playoffs.

Be at Mitchell Field tonight at 7:05 where we congratulate Swift Current Minor Baseball on another successful campaign in all levels as they get ready to host the Western Canadian Minor Baseball Championships.

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Game Day at Mitchell FIeld

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Key Matchup in Saskatoon

The team battles the number 4 highway north on its way to Saskatoon tonight in a key divisional matchup as they take on the Yellow Jackets. A win puts them two games up on the third place team, while a loss moves them into a tie for second/third/last place in the division. Another game we’ll be watching is the Red Sox against the Miller Express. Moose Jaw is on top of the Central Division, while Regina is tied for the best record in the league this year. A Red Sox win and an Indians win sets up the rest of the week nicely, with two matchups against Moose Jaw that could likely prove to be the key to the 2014 campaign.

Don’t forget, the next four home games we are celebrating the city’s Centennial, so get to Mitchell Field for Happy Hour specials all game long and some great food at the concession stand. See the calender for game times and opponents.

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Unfamiliar Territory

The Swift Current Indians find themselves looking up at first place a quarter of the way into the 2014 season. A 6 and 8 record is not familiar ground for the team, but as you look across the league, you can see a lot of teams not where they are used to. Okotoks, a usual favorite in the west, is currently in last place but some good ball of late has kept them close, and Edmonton is stronger than they have ever been. This goes to show the strength developing in the league, and the competition has never been more fierce.

Rain has been the big story of June, as well. Raining out games across the league and threatening floods in Medicine Hat and Alberta, this will put a lot of strain on the teams to finish their games before the end of July, with hardly a day off and double headers are now becoming common. This war of attrition will prove which rosters have the depth to go the distance.

With June almost in the books, the team will be looking to close out strong, having 5 home games and 1 in Saskatoon in 6 days. Each matchup could be key to the rest of the season, especially against the division rival Miller Express and the Yellow Jackets.

See you at the field!

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Game On!!!

The season has finally started!!!! After a rainout in Melville to start the season, the Tribe is looking to kick things off right at home, Saturday May 31st. Game time is 7:05, but come out early to enjoy some specials from the concession booth, today headlined by some delicious Hamburger Soup!

To kick things off right, we are proud to have Harvey Nybo throw out the first pitch at tonight’s game! He is a long time player, member, and supporter of our team, and later this year Harv is getting inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame! We are excited to have him here, and proud to have been a small part of his baseball career. Congratulations Harvey!

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More Depth to the Pitching Staff

The Swift Current Indians are pleased to announce the addition of two pitchers for the upcoming Western Major Baseball League season.

Marc-Andre Habeck

Marc-Andre Habeck

Marc-Andre Habeck is 6’3, 200lb right handed pitcher from Winnipeg who currently is in his sophomore season for the Frank Phillips College Plainsmen. Frank Phillips College is a Division 1 Junior College that competes in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. They are currently in second place with a 33-18 record. Habeck has been their ace over the past two seasons compiling a 14-6 record. Before attending FPC Habeck played his prep baseball for the Langley Blaze which is one of the best high school programs in North America and has produced many Major League Baseball draft picks including Toronto Blue Jay Brett Lawrie. Habeck also pitches for the French National Team. The Tribe is looking forward to Habeck to continue his winning ways this summer.

“Marc is a great addition to our staff. He has an upper 80s fastball that is complimented by two other pitches he can command. These past two seasons Marc has had very good success as a game one starter in one of the best junior college conference in America. Marc will be looked upon to be an impact pitcher for us this summer.”

Mike Frericks

Mike Frericks

Mike Frericks is a 6’1, 185lb right handed pitcher from St. Cloud, Minnesota and attending Wayne State College in Nebraska. Last season as a junior Frericks had a very good season finishing 5-3 with a 2.96 era. In 51.2 innings pitched he struck out 62 batters while only walking 14, opponents hit just .211 off of him. Frericks is taking a medical red-shirt this spring season while rehabbing from an injury and will be full strength for the start of the WMBL season.

“Mike is a veteran pitcher for us who has had very good success throughout his college career. He is a bulldog on the mound and has swing and miss stuff so he will be able to fit into any role. His rehab went extremely and he will be at full strength for the start of the season. Mike is going to an important part of our pitching staff this summer”

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Steen Back and Bringing Along Two Teammates

The Swift Current Indians are pleased to announce three Indiana State University Sycamores will be joining the Tribe this summer. Indiana State is a Division 1 program that competes in the Missouri Valley Conference and currently holds a 26-12 record. Catcher Taylor Steen will be returning for his second season and will be joined by newcomers Manny Estevez and Hunter Owen.

Taylor Steen

Taylor Steen

Taylor Steen came to Swift Current as a true freshman last season and become the Tribe’s primary catcher. The left handed hitting catcher batted .246 in the regular season and really turned it on in the playoffs where he hit .409. Steen did an outstanding job last season behind the plate showing great maturity in handling a pitching staff that finished first or second in the WMBL in nearly every major pitching category. The Tribe will once again look for Steen to handle a talented pitching staff and are excited to see him start right where he left off during the playoffs with his bat.

“We are extremely thrilled to have Taylor back. He did an exceptional job with our pitching staff last year. Offensively he kept getting better and better as the season went on and that’s what you look for in a young hitter making the transition to wood for the first time. Taylor showed last year he has all the tools and with another year of maturing physically and his work ethic in the weight room he has put himself in a position to have a great season for us.” – Joe Carnahan

 

 

Hunter Owen

Hunter Owen

Hunter Owen is a 6’0, 185lb athletic infielder whom is competing for the Sycamores this spring as a red-shirt freshman. Owen had a stellar career at Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Indiana. He was a two time all-conference selection while batting over .400 in each of his three years of competition. He also earned honorable mention all-state honors in football. Owen can play anywhere in the infield and is a high energy player. He will be looking to make a major contribution for the Tribe this season.

“Hunter is a very athletic and strong player. He has sure hands, good quickness and squares balls up at the plate. He plays the game very hard and will be an exciting player this season.” – Joe Carnahan

 

 

 

Manny Estevez

Manny Estevez

Manny Estevez is a 6’0, 210lb junior from Los Angeles, California. Estevez can play both corner infield and outfield positions and has the ability to make an impact with his power and base running ability. Prior to transferring to Indiana State Estevez competed for two seasons at East Los Angeles Community College. During his time there he was named co-MVP after finishing the season batting .404 and leading the league in both homeruns and RBIs, he also finishing second in stolen bases.

“Manny has a lot of pop and we will look for him to be a major run producer for us this summer. He is an exceptional athlete, works hard, has good leadership skills and has had success where ever he has gone.” – Joe Carnahan

 

 

The Swift Current Indians are excited to have Taylor back for another season and have Hunter and Manny make their home in Swift Current for the summer. Go Tribe!

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