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Swift Current 57’s Announce 4 Pitchers for 2017 Season

The Swift Current 57’s are pleased to announce four pitchers that will suit up for the defending WMBL champions this summer.

 

Following last week’s announcement that pitchers Bobby St. Pierre and Aidan Goodall from last year’s squad will be returning, Utah’s Joshua Payne, Arizona lefty Justin McAllister, Kansas native Seth Holman and Massachusetts born Michael Guerrero have confirmed Swift Current as their 2017 summer baseball home.

 

“Josh, Seth, and Justin are all experienced pitchers who are putting together great seasons for two of the top teams in Division 2 Baseball.  Michael has a live arm and the ability to miss bats.  He is the closer for the #2 ranked team in Junior College.” Sad 57’s coach Joe Carnahan of his new pitchers.

 

Joshua Payne

RHP  6’6  260  Senior

West Haven, Utah

West Texas A & M University

2017 Stats at WT

10-3 wins/loss  2.59 ERA  80  innings pitched  98/17 k/bb

 

Justin McAllister

LHP  6’4   205   Senior

Gilbert, Arizona

West Texas A & M University

2017 Stats at WT

8 saves  37.1 innings pitched  44/8  k/bb

Seth Holman

RHP   6’4    205   Junior

Wichita, Kansas

Emporia State University

2017 Stats at ESU

10-2  wins/loss  4.07 ERA  90.2 innings pitched  76/21 k/bb

 

Michael Guerrero

RHP  5’10  150  Sophomore

Lawrence, Massachusetts

Crowder College

Sign Letter of Intent to play at Division 1 Marshall University

2017 Stats at Crowder

2-2 wins/loss  3 saves   3.27 ERA  22 innings pitched  30/9 k/bb

 

The Swift Current 57’s open the 2017 WMBL season at home June 1st vs. Moose Jaw. 

Season tickets, five packs and 10 packs of tickets are available at Pharmasave or by calling Reilly at 306-774-9487.

Swift Current 57’s Announce Four More Position Players for 2017 Season

The Swift Current 57’s have announced 4 more position players that will be playing WMBL summer ball in Swift Current.

 

Texan outfielders Blake Adams and Nick Canas will join the 57’s along with Colorado born catcher Mason Brown and Edmonton born outfielder Matt Bondarchuk.

 

“Blake, Mason and Nick will give us some experience offensively.  All three are run producers and have the ability to be impact guys.” said 57’s coach Joe Carnahan.  

 

“Matt is another young talented player we will have this summer.  He set his school's single season record for hits this spring and has the ability to put pressure on opponents' defense with his speed." Added Carnahan.

 

 

 

Blake Adams

OF  R/R  6’2  210  Junior

Longview, Texas

Tarleton State University

2017 stats at TSU

.331 avg  7 doubles 3 triples 10 homeruns 47 runs  25 RBIs 

 

 

 

 

Nick Canas

OF  L/L  6’0  185   Junior

San Antonio, Texas

West Texas A & M University

2017 Stats at WT

.359 avg   12 doubles 5 triples 2 homeruns 35 runs   29  RBIs

 

 

Matt Bondarchuck

OF   L/R   5’11  190    Freshman

Edmonton, Alberta

Cloud Community College

2017 Stats at CCC

.384 avg  9 doubles 3 triples 51 runs  33 RBIs  24 stolen bases

 

 

Mason Brown

Catcher  R/R  5’10  180  Junior

Littleton, Colorado

Emporia State University

2017 stats at ESU

.390 avg  16 doubles 6 homeruns 43 runs 46 RBIs

 

 

The Swift Current 57’s open the 2017 WMBL season at home June 1st vs. Moose Jaw. 

Season tickets, five packs and 10 packs of tickets are available at Pharmasave or by calling Reilly at 306-774-9487.

Swift Current 57's Announce Infield for 2017 Season

Swift Current 57’s Announce Infielders for 2017 Season

 

The Swift Current 57’s announced over the weekend that first basemen Kyle McDonald of last year’s WMBL championship team will return to Swift Current in 2017.

 

McDonald will be joined in the 57’s infield by 5 new faces, including Meadow Lake Saskatchewan’s Brett Esau who is having a tremendous season at Frank Phillips Junior College in Texas. Esau is hitting .343 with 21 homeruns.

 

Edmonton’s Tauren Langley, Elvis Peralta from Lowell, Massachusetts, Daniel Diaz out of Wilcox, Arizona and Grant Van Scoy from La Vista Nebraska round out the 57’s infield.

 

"All five are very talented young players. They bring a good mix of power, speed and versatility and will be very exciting players to watch this summer” commented 57’s coach Joe Carnahan.

 

Brett Esau

Utility    R/R    6’3    200    Freshman

Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan

Frank Phillips Junior College (TX)

2017 Stats at FPJC

.343 avg  11 doubles 4 Triples 21 Homeruns  48 runs 64 RBIs  11 stolen bases

 

Tauren Langley

3b  R/R  6’2  180   Freshman

Edmonton, Alberta

Cloud Community College

2017 Stats at CCC

.305 avg  19 doubles, 10 homeruns 36 runs   45 RBIs

 

 

Elvis Peralta

INF  S/R  5’9   160   Sophomore

Lowell, Massachusetts

Crowder College

Sign Letter of Intent to play at Division 1 Marshall University

2017 Stats at Crowder

.377 avg   17 doubles, 8 triples 11 homeruns 62 runs  61 RBIs  27 stolen bases

 

Daniel Diaz

INF  R/R  5’8    180    Sophomore

Wilcox, Arizona

Eastern Arizona College

2017 Stats at EAC

.410 avg  3 doubles, 1 triple 30 runs   30RBIs

 

Grant Van Scoy

INF  6’0  180  Sophomore

La Vista, Nebraska

Southeast Community College

Signed Letter of Intent to play at Division 1 University of Illinois

2017 Stats at SCC

.392 avg  12 doubles, 7 homeruns 54 runs  45 RBIs  22 stolen bases

 

The Swift Current 57’s open the 2017 WMBL season at home June 1st vs. Moose Jaw. 

Season tickets, five packs and 10 packs of tickets are available at Pharmasave or by calling Reilly at 306-774-9487.

Swift Current 57's Announce 5 Returning Players from 2016 WMBL Championship Team

Swift Current 57’s Announce Returning Players From

2016 WMBL Championship Team

 

The Swift Current 57’s are excited to announce 5 players from the 2016 WMBL championship winning Swift Current team will be playing summer ball in Swift Current again in 2017.

 

Right-handed pitcher Bobby St. Pierre, utility player Bodie Cooper, outfielder Thomas DeBonville, right handed-pitcher Aidan Goodall and first basemen Kyle McDonald helped Swift Current to a 2016 league title and will call Mitchell Field home in 2017.

 

St. Pierre, Cooper, Goodall and DeBonville were all voted WMBL all-stars in 2016.  Cooper also won the WMBL rookie of the year award last season.

 

“All five of these players were key parts of our 2016 league championship,” said Swift Current 57’s coach Joe Carnahan.

 

“These are all great character guys who are expected to make an impact on the field this season” added Carnahan.

 

Bobby St. Pierre

RHP      6’2      230   Senior

Windsor, Ontario

Wayne State College

2016 WMBL All-Star

2016 WMBL Stats (including playoffs)

10-3 wins/loss     2.23 ERA   88.2 innings pitched   48 strikeouts 15 walks

 

Bodie Cooper

C/1B/OF R/R   6’2    210       Senior

Chubbuck, Idaho

Wayne State College

2016 WMBL All-Star

2016 WMBL Stats (including playoffs)

.317 avg   14 double, 1 triple, 8 home runs, 43 runs, 39 RBIs

 

Thomas DeBonville

CF   R/R    6’0    180   Sophomore

Silverthorne, Colorado

Eastern Arizona College

Signed Letter of Intent to play at Division 1 University of Nebraska – Omaha

2016 WMBL All-Star

2016 WMBL Stats (including playoffs)

.370 avg   4 double, 2 triples, 2 homeruns 33 runs  26 RBIs   19 stolen bases

 

Aidan Goodall

RHP   6’6     230    Senior

Nanaimo, British Columbia

University of British Columbia

2016 WMBL All-Star

2016 WMBL Stats (including playoffs)

5-1 wins/loss   2.78 ERA   32.1 innings pitched 33 strikeouts, 7 walks

 

Kyle MacDonald

1B  L/R    6’3  215    Sophomore

Mississauga, Ontario

Crowder College

2017 Stats at Crowder

.335 avg    12 doubles, 1 triple, 11 home runs  54 runs 50 RBIs

 

 

The Swift Current 57’s open the 2017 WMBL season at home June 1st vs. Moose Jaw.  

 

Season tickets, five packs and 10 packs of tickets are available at Pharmasave or by calling Reilly at 306-774-9487.

2017 Regular Season Schedule

Swift Current WMBL Team Now The 57's

The 2016 Western Major Baseball league champions have a new name. Honouring the 57 seasons the team played as The Swift Current Indians, the WMBL baseball team in Swift Current will now use the nickname “57’s”.         

Since the initial announcement came forward that the team name of the Swift Current baseball franchise would be changing, the re-naming committee has received numerous ideas, opinions, and heart-felt responses from members of this community and from throughout greater Southwest Saskatchewan. Coinciding with these responses, were reactions from former players, coaches, billets, board members, and volunteers of the team. The information we received made it clear that the baseball community in Swift Current is passionate, and the team that represents the city of Swift Current and its residents in the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) has a profound place in the hearts and minds of those who live or who have lived in Swift Current.

 

With that in mind we have selected a name that seeks to represent the rich history of baseball in Swift Current, while also charting a path for an exciting future. The name of the Swift Current baseball club effective immediately will be the Swift Current 57’s. The name “57’s” was chosen to honor the legacy of the 57 seasons that Swift Current has used the mascot name the “Indians” while competing all over Western Canada, dating as far back as the 1940’s. The name is a tribute to each person whose various influences have helped shape the organization resulting in numerous successes, championships, endless fan memories, and a deep felt sense local pride. This name intends to honour the past while still providing ample opportunity to re-brand and market more creatively into the future.

Swift Current WMBL Baseball Club Seeking New Nickname Ideas From the Public

Swift Current WMBL Baseball Club Seeking New Nickname Ideas From the Public

 

The 2016 Western Major Baseball league Champion Swift Current Indians Ball Club, Board of Directors is calling on you to help us find a new name for your baseball team. The Name Change Committee is collecting suggestions for a new nickname. Suggestions will be accepted from October 1st to October 15th, 2016

Harv Martinez,  Vice President Baseball, and spokesperson for the Name Change Committee is inviting you to submit your idea for the new nickname. "This team has always taken great pride in being community owned, similar to the way the Swift Current Broncos and Saskatchewan Roughriders have operated since their inception, respectively”, stated Martinez.  “Our hope is that we can garner some new and creative ideas on how to re-brand the baseball team. We are confident that a unique and creative nickname will be thought of by our community."

The Name Change Committee will evaluate nickname suggestions based on the following list of attributes: 1. be unique, marketable, recognizable and inspiring. 2. Promote a sense of pride, strength, fierceness, and passion. 3. Be representative of Swift Current and Southwest Saskatchewan in a way that honors the traditions and heritage of the past but also looks to the future. 4. Be a unifying and rallying symbol.

To submit a nickname, please submit your suggestion and the rationale behind the suggestion by mail to PO Box 2173 STN Main Swift Current, SK S9H 4V1 or by email to namechange@scindians.ca. You can also visit the Swift Current Indians on Facebook or Twitter with your suggestions.

With your submission, please understand that individuals submitting nickname suggestions are not entitled to compensation or anything of value in exchange for the submission. All submissions become the property of the Name Change Committee and will not be returned.

It's expected a new team name will be chosen prior to the Annual General Meeting in November.

 

For more Information Contact

Harv Martinez, Vice President of Baseball of the Swift Current Indians 306 741-7513

Ryan Switzer, Swift Current Indians Communications 306 741-8284

 

Indians Board of Directors Announces Intention to Change Team Nickname for 2017 Season and Beyond

Swift Current Indians to Change Nickname for

2017 Season and Beyond

 

The 2016 Western Major Baseball league Champion Swift Current Indians Ball Club, Board of Directors is announcing that the nickname "Indians" will no longer be used by the Swift Current based Ball Club.

 

Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee and long time Swift Current Indians team member Harv Martinez explained that the new name would reflect the evolving focus and standards of the organization as community leaders, "The tradition and passion for baseball in this region will still be strong and vibrant. The new direction in creating a new nickname allows for us re-brand our product and promote the team in a more current and sensitive manner”.

 

The Ball Club’s Board of Directors has been considering the name change since the Ball Club’s 2015 Annual General Meeting and it feels that now is the time to inform the public of their intentions. Martinez, who has sat on the Board as the VP of Baseball since retiring as head coach stated, “The organization has put considerable thought into the decision and we believe it's the right thing to do at this time. We are excited for the possibilities which lie ahead”!

It's expected a new team name will be chosen prior to the Annual General Meeting in early November.

Swift Current Indians Ranked 15th in Collegiate Summer Baseball’s Top 35 Summer Teams

Swift Current SK- New York based Collegiate Summer Baseball has released it’s annual list of it’s top 35 collegiate summer baseball teams in North America.

 

The lone WMBL team to make the list was the Swift Current Indians.

 

Swift Current compiled a 42-15 record in the 2016 WMBL regular season and playoffs. Swift Current was ranked 15th on Collegiate Summer Baseball’s annual list.

 

Collegiate Summer Baseball covers all 31 collegiate summer leagues in North America and narrowed down their list of the top 35 from over 300 teams.

 

“To finish the season ranked as the 15th best summer collegiate team in all of North America is a reflection of the hard work of our players, staff and organization,” said Swift Current Indians Head Coach Joe Carnahan.

 

“This shows the caliber of baseball played in Swift Current and throughout the WMBL each summer,” added Carnahan.  

 

Earlier this month, Swift Current clinched their 6th WMBL Championship since 2000 by sweeping the Edmonton Prospects in a best of 5 championship series. 

 

The full list of the top 35 North American teams can be seen at collegiatesummerbaseball.com

 

The Final Out of the 2016 WMBL Season.

Ryan Switzer with the call on the final out of the 2016 WMBL playoffs.

Swift Current Indians Give Joe Carnahan a Renewed Deal

Photo: Steven Mah of the Southwest Booster

Swift Current Indians Sign Head Coach Joe Carnahan

To a 3 Year Extension.

 

Swift Current SK- The Swift Current Indians announced today that Joe Carnahan has committed to 3 more years as head coach of the WMBL team.

 

“We’ve had so much success with Joe. He keeps getting better as a coach and has helped the young men on our team move on to great things” said Swift Current Indians President Bruce Deg.

 

“His work in the community has been outstanding, and he continues to provide an exceptional on field product,” added Deg.

 

Carnahan led the Swift Current Indians to a regular season 33-15 record in 2016, the most wins by any team in the WMBL.  The Tribe went 9-0 in the playoffs to win the 2016 league championship.  Carnahan was named WMBL coach of the year for the third time in his career, with the first two wins in 2009 and 2010.  As a player with the Swift Current Indians, Carnahan was a two-time league MVP (2002 & 2004).

 

“I’m thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to working with the board to continue to provide high level baseball in Swift Current,” said Carnahan.

 

The 2016 WMBL title win was Carnahan’s second as a coach (2010). Carnahan was also part of four championship teams in Swift Current as a player in 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2006.

 

 

For more Information Contact

Bruce Deg, President of the Swift Current Indians 306 741-1920

Ryan Switzer, Swift Current Indians Communications 306 741-8284 

Game 3 of the WMBL Finals in Edmonton hosted by Ryan Switzer

The Tribe and Prospects in game 3 of the finals. Swift leads the best of 5 2-0.

Tribe Members win 3 of 4 Major WMBL Awards and Dominate All Star Votes

Alec Humphreys

The Tribe Dominated the WMBL awards. Swift Current won 3 of 4 major awards including Joe Carnahan named coach of the year. Bodie Cooper was named rookie of the year and Alec Humphreys (pictured) is the 2016 WMBL MVP. Mike Moffat of the Lethbridge Bulls won Canadian Rookie of the year. 

The Tribe also figured prominently into the league All Stars

Outfielders
Cory Scammell Edmonton
Liam Goodall Swift Current
Brendan Rose Okotoks

Mike Moffatt Lethbridge
Alex Alders Medicine Hat
Cutter McDowell Moose Jaw

Third Base
Michael Gretler Okotoks

Mitch McGeein Lethbridge

Short Stop
Alec Humphreys Swift Current

William Salas Medicine Hat

Second Base
Nolan Rattai Medicine Hat

Shane Dokey Swift Current

First Base
Kellen Murruffo Okotoks

Jake Howard Regina

Catcher
Bodie Cooper Swift Current

Hunter Hisky Yorkton

Designated Hitter
Alex Alders Medicine Hat

Billy Clapperton Yorkton

Utility
Thomas DeBonville Swift Current

Dynas Doud Brooks

Starting Pitchers
Kody Rock Yorkton
Bobby St. Pierre Swift Current
Cj Lewington Okotoks

Jared Libke Medicine Hat
Luke Wiechec Swift Current
Noah Gapp Edmonton

Relief Pitchers
Anthony Balderas Okotoks
Aidan Goodall Swift Current

Mack Major Lethbridge
Taylor Davis Okotoks

Closing Pitchers
Ryan Pope Swift Current
Sam Brunner Regina

(Photo from Steve Mah of the Southwest Booster)

Two Tribesmen named WMBL players of the week.

Courtesy of the WMBL offcial website wmbl.ca

 

Player of the Week –  Bobby St. Pierre – Swift Current Indians – RHP

What a week for Swift Current's Bobby St. Pierre. The Windsor, Ontario native took the mound on July 13th at Moose Jaw and led the Indians to a 7-0 win over the Miller Express. St. Pierre tossed a 1-hit shutout to add to his already incredible season. His line looked like this: W, 9.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 10 SO, 30 BF. The junior out of NAIA Madonna University was a very effective closer all season at school. St. Pierre was 1-0, 1.31 ERA, 22 App, 13 SV, 23 SO. Pretty impressive numbers to say the least. This summer has been even better as a starter. St. Pierre is now 6-2 with a 2.51 ERA in 8 starts for the Indians. He has thrown 53.2 innings with 35 SO and a 1.04 WHIP. It is easy to see that St. Pierre has been a huge reason why the Indians sit atop the East division with a record of 28-11. Congratulations to Bobby St. Pierre for being named WMBL Player of the Week.  

 

  

Hitter of the Week – Alex Schultz – Swift Current Indians – OF/P

It was a very good week for the Swift Current Indians in the WMBL. The Indians sweep the player of the week awards, and take three of the last four winners over the past two weeks. Alex Schultz was a big reason the Indians finished 5-1 for the week, and now hold the top record in the WMBL, one win ahead of Medicine Hat. Schultz crushed the baseball all week including 10 RBI's and 2 HR's in a double header against the Regina Red Sox on Sunday. All told Schultz's week looked like this: .500 (9-18), 8 R, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 4 BB, 1 HBP, .609 OBP (14-23), 1.000 SLUG, 1.609 OPS. Schultz hails from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and was a senior at the University of Nebraska - Omaha this past season. Congratulations to Alex Schultz on being named WMBL Hitter of the Week. 

 

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