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Moose Jaw Miller Express reflects on a record-breaking 2023 season

Despite a game 3 loss to the Mavericks, the Express broke several records this season

The Moose Jaw Miller Express saw a disappointing end to their 2023 baseball season, following a 14 – 7 loss against the Medicine Hat Mavericks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. 

The Miller Express played a close game and went into the third inning with a 6-6 tie. In spite of this, a three-run home run by Medicine Hat’s Andrew Savage would result in the eventual game-winning run that saw the Express end their season just shy of a championship win.

Eric Marriot, the head coach for the Miller Express, looked back on the season but reflected on a far more positive note. “The season was successful,” he said, reflecting on the team’s outstanding performance this year that broke several records. 

“We didn’t win the final game of the season… but we broke every record in the book,” he said. Their 2023 season saw several records surpassed, including the hit and attendance records. As well, Moose Jaw topped the win record with 38 wins this season alone.  

Dawson “Tweeter” Tweet picked up a 36-game hitting streak, thereby breaking the former record of 28 consecutive games. He also tied the single season hit record at 90 hits, a noteworthy accomplishment. 

In truth, the Miller Express was successful in every aspect except for winning the championship game. 

Medicine Hat put up a consistent challenge and kept the Express alert all season, and this was no different at finals. “They’re scrappy and found a way to play up to us every time they came here,” Marriott said about the Mavericks. 

Marriott was appreciative of a remarkable overall season and wanted to extend his thanks to everyone who stood behind the team. “I just wanted to say thank you to all the fans, players, the city (of Moose Jaw), and the organization for trusting me and my staff with this amazing team,” he said.

The team is hopeful for next season following their successes this year and remain optimistic. “Mark my words — the Miller Express is on the map and 2024 will be an amazing one,” Marriott said. 

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