Timely hitting and quality pitching by the Swift Current 57's tonight helped them blow past the Regina Red Sox on opening night.
The 57's managed just four hits but kept the Red Sox bats silent in the 8-1 victory at Mitchell Field in front of 412 fans.
57's starting pitcher Kenny Jinks tossed five scoreless innings while striking out eight batters to pick up the win.
"When you have a pitcher you have confidence in it makes it really easy to play," 57's first baseman Nolan Lingley said. "You know he's going to throw strikes and not make the defence work too hard so we can focus on offence."
Swift Current opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning when shortstop Carter Hinds lined a double into the gap scoring Xander Little and Koby Bubash who both walked earlier in the inning.
Lingley doubled the 57's lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning hitting a two-run homer to left field.
"He threw me a slider on pitch four and I yanked it down the line, he threw it again and hung it, pretty easy, just elevate it and it will go out," the Pepperdine University product said.
After Jinks was pulled, hometown pitcher Dawson Schultz replaced him tossing two innings allowing one earned run and striking out two.
The 57's blew the game open in the bottom of the eighth scoring twice with a bases-loaded walk before centre fielder Cory Bonstrom hit a two-run single making it 8-1.
"We only had four hits but they were important," Lingley said.
Both teams will head to the Queen City for a rematch tomorrow night.
"It's always good to start with a win and the morale is up, hopefully, we keep it rolling," he said.