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Indians to face Medicine Hat in opening round of WMBL playoffs

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The Swift Current Indians will be heading out west again for the Western Major Baseball League playoffs.


Swift Current's fate was determined after they used a four-run seventh inning to defeat the Moose Jaw Miller Express 6-2 in their regular season finale. The Central Division champion Indians (25-15) were then forced to watch the scoreboard in other games for their fate to be determined.


A 10-2 win by Okotoks over Edmonton and a 6-4 Medicine Hat loss to Lethrbridge gave the Dawgs the West Division title. They could have taken the top seed and sent the Indians east for the playoffs had the Regina Red Sox lost to the Melville Millionaires, but Regina (32-10) squeaked by 10-9 to claim the president's trophy for 2011.


As a result of all of the results from the final night of the WMBL's regular season the Indians will face the Medicine Hat Mavericks in a best-of-five series to start the playoffs. Medicine Hat (33-15) will have home advantage based on having a better regular season record. The series is tentatively set to open in Medicine Hat Saturday. Game 3 is tentatively set for Monday in Swift Current with Game 4, if necessary, also at Mitchell Field.


NOTE: Sixteen-year Indians veteran Conrad Funk announced he was retiring from the WMBL at the conclusion of the season during a pre-game ceremony before the Indians' final regular season game Thursday night. Funk will no longer be eligible to play in the league after this season based on the rule changes to the league mandating players must be in college.

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