The Swift Current 57's dropped the rubber match of a three-game series with the Medicine Hat Mavericks 10-9 in a game that went past the stroke of midnight and saw both teams combine for 28 hits.
The start of the game was delayed after Medicine Hat's bus blew a tire while en route to Swift Current, and the first pitch at Mitchell Field went at 8:15pm.
Dylan Coty hit an RBI single and Cory Bonstrom hit a two-run double in the second inning to respond to a two-run home run by Austin Cappas and take the lead 3-2. After another two-run blast by Cappas in the third, Justin Barnes scored on a Tejean Smith single in the fifth to tie the game up again, and Brody Alexandre scored on a fielding error as Swift Current led 5-4 after six innings.
The Mavericks exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh, including a lead-off solo home run by Cappas, his third of the night, a two-run double by Braden Desonia and a two-run homer by Andrew Savage. The 57's came back in the eighth with RBI singles by Tejean Smith and Mathew Ward. Smith was then forced home on a bases-loaded walk issued to Alexandre, and Coty was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the tying run in Thomas Collins.
In the ninth, David Dell scored on a wild pitch by Trent Greek to give the Mavericks the lead again, and the 57's left runners on the corners in the bottom half as the game ended at 12:03am on Saturday morning after three hours and 49 minutes.
Starter Adam Golby struck out four batters and allowed three earned runs in 5.1 innings, and Greek took the loss after pitching the ninth. Nathaniel Ewing got the win in relief for Medicine Hat.
The 57's (18-21) are five games back of the division-leading Moose Jaw Miller Express, who beat Weyburn 9-0 in other action on Friday. Swift Current hosts Moose Jaw for a double-header today with two seven-inning games scheduled for 4:05pm and 7:05pm from Mitchell Field.