Down 5-1, Prospects Rally To Win
Our Edmonton Prospects, enjoying a 3-game win streak, began a three game series in Medicine Hat Friday Night against the Mavericks. The Mavericks finally notched their first win of the season Thursday improving to 1-5 and looked destined to collect their second victory, but the never say die Prospects overcame a 4-run deficit to win 9-6.
Spruce Grove native and University of Alberta student Andrew Grieder made his first career start for the Prospects. A leadoff single was followed up by a RBI double before he collected his first two outs. The emphasis goes on the second out as right fielder Jake Lanferman caught a fly ball and threw behind the runner at 2nd base catching him off the bag. An unearned run would score against Grieder in the 2nd inning as Frank Podkul got on base via an error and made his way around the diamond to score. Grieder pitched a powerful 3-up-3-down 3rd inning before running into trouble in the 4th.
The Prospects would hit the scoresheet in the top of the 3rd inning when Michael Gahan, who later in the game would extend his personal hitting to streak to 5, would send a chopper down to third base and hustled down the line forcing an error. The error would allow Dean Olson to score. This cut the Mavericks lead to 2-1.
The bottom of the 4th was not kind to our Prospects but the good teams learn how to minimize damage. The Mavs loaded the bases with none out but only managed to score three runs. Another University of Alberta student would take the mound for our Prospects and slammed the door shut. Finnigan Duffield would come in with 1-on, 1-out to strike out Zack Kunkel and get Louie Canjura to fly out. 5-1 Mavericks after 4.
Duffield would pitch a scoreless 5th thanks in part to the strong arm of left fielder Derek Shedden! Caleb Longley tried to score from second base on single by teammate Podkul but would become the third and final out. Duffield would pitch a scoreless 6th inning this time using the more traditional 3-up-3-down method.
In the top of the 7th the Prospects would cut the lead to 5-3 all with two out. An error by the Mavericks shortstop allowed Shedden to reach base and extend the inning and our Prospects took full advantage. Gahan would hit a single to left field cashing in Shedden and Lanferman before being caught in a rundown.
The Mavericks would make it 6-3 in the bottom of the 7th but our Prospects would tie the game in the top of the 8th. Caeden Harris would hit a RBI double, Aidan Huggins would hit a RBI single and Anthony Cusati would cross the plate to bring the score to 6-6.
Zaine Foth-Thomas would come in to pitch the bottom of the 8th for our Prospects. He would allow a leadoff single but then proceed to pick him off at first bat to face the minimum throw batters.
In the top of the 9th, the Prospects took their first lead of the game when Harris tested the Mavericks third baseman again and induced an error by the fielder allowing Gahan to score making it 7-6. Huggins drew a bases loaded walk and Tony Olson would finish the scoring with a single to make the score 9-6.
Fireballer Andrew Mirasty would come in to pitch the bottom of the 9th and earn the save.
Play Of The Game: Having trailed the entire game until they tied the game at 6 in the top of the 8th inning, our Prospects needed a clean inning by their pitcher in the bottom half. Zaine Foth-Thomas allowed a leadoff single to Colton Wright (whom the Mavericks pitch run for with Taylor Van Ham) but more than made amends for it by striking out Colton Wright and then picking off Van Ham. Foth-Thomas would strike out Rock Jordan and deliver exactly what the Prospects needed!
Player Of The Game: Michael Gahan not only extended his personal hitting streak to 5 games, he also collected 3 RBI on Friday night.
Next game: Game 2 of 3 at Medicine Hat goes Saturday night at 7:05PM
Next home game: “Strike Out Hunger” with the Edmonton Food Bank Tuesday June 13th. Tuesday’s are always “Toonie Tuesday” when you can buy one ticket and get a second one for only a toonie. The opponents, our friends turned foes the Fort McMurray Giants.