A diet of steady scoring and quality starting pitching led to a lop-sided 11-1 game four win for the Swift Current 57’s in their series with the Weyburn Beavers, and forces a game five at home.
Blake Adams hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning to open the scoring and take the early lead for the 57's - they never looked back.
Two more Swift Current runs in the third inning courtesy of a Matt Bondarchuk single and a Weyburn fielding error added to the lead, and helped keep the lead after a Weyburn run scored in the home half of the inning.
In all, Swift Current put runs on the board in seven out of nine innings, leaving only the second and fifth frames with zeros.
All ten 57's batters recorded hits in the game, as pinch-runner Thomas DeBonville replaced Mason Brown in the seventh inning, later singling in the top of the ninth to bring the total to double digits.
The big bats in the lineup last night were Meadow Lake-product Brett Esau who had a pair of hits, a home run, and four RBI, and the aforementioned Bondarchuk who tallied three RBI-singles.
Mitch Guiberson started the game on the mound for the 57's and nearly ended it too, going eight innings, while giving up four hits and one earned run. The Community College of Spokane freshman has been in fine form through his two starts in the playoffs, combining for one earned-run and ten hits over 14 innings of work - good for a 0.64 ERA.
Now back in Swift Current for game five, the 57's look to be the first home team to win a game this series after dropping the first two at home and fighting back to a split series in Weyburn.
Game five gets underway at Mitchell Field tonight at 7:05 p.m. with Bobby St. Pierre starting for Swift Current.
Elsewhere in WMBL action, the Edmonton Prospects once again find themselves as the kings of the West Division, after beating the Medicine Hat Mavericks 8-4, securing a spot in the WMBL finals for the second straight year.