Best Team In East Division Blanks Edmonton Prospects
By Len Nunes
The Weyburn Beavers started the 2018 season on 13-game winning streak. After losing two in Melville, the Beavers had won two straight as the Edmonton Prospects came to town. Earlier this week the Prospects showed that winning streaks do not scare them as they snapped the Medicine Hat Mavericks 10-game winning streak. The Prospects will have to try again Sunday afternoon to defeat the Beavers as they lost Saturday night.
Due to rain-outs in Brooks, Okotoks and Melville, the Prospects vs Beavers game was the only league game played. Any WMBL fan that watched the game will be talking about Beavers starting pitcher Ryan Johnson. Through 7 innings of play, Johnson struck out 16! The second inning was the only time the Prospects had two runners on base as Nick Spillman and Matt Coutney both drew walks. Percy Liu collected the first Prospects hit with 1-out in the 3rd inning. Liu also collected his team leading 8th stolen base of the season placing him fourth in the league. The next Prospect hit would not be until the 6th inning when Daylen Calicden hit a 2-out single. Calicden's .357 batting average leads the Edmonton Prospects and places him 11th overall in the league.
Dylan Emmons drew his 3rd start of the season for the Prospects. Emmons cruised through the first three innings, his best stretch of the young season. The 4th inning began with a home run to open the scoring in favor of the Beavers. When the dust settled, the Beavers put up 5 runs on 6 hits and 1 Prospects error. Emmons would leave with only one batter retired. Emmons' final pitching looks rough but it was a classic case of having just one bad inning. It is okay to look at the glass half full and focus on how well things went prior to the fourth.
Jordan Smith took over on the mound for the Prospects and gave Head Coach Ray Brown what he needed the most, innings played. Smith finished out the game with a pitching line that reads 4 2/3 IP, 3 runs against on 7 hits allowing no walks and striking out 5. When Smith entered in the 4th inning, his first two outs were made by catcher Anthony Cusati throwing out Felix Correa then Keaton Greenwalt attempting to steal second base.
In an interesting and unexpected coincidence, both 2017 WMBL Championship Finalists have 8-10 records.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Percy Liu with a single and stolen base earns the honour of “Player of The Game”.
Sunday June 24 in Weyburn
Monday June 25 in Swift Current
UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Wednesday, June 27 SCHOOLS OUT vs Okotoks Dawgs at 7 PM
Saturday, June 30 vs Melville Millionaires at 7 PM - Tickets just $10 for students and the band starts at 5pm. Get to the pre-game concert early and party in the Prospects' Pit in the stand-up 1st base area. Stay and enjoy the game that starts at 7pm. Cheap beer and cheap fun!
CANADA DAY - 7 PM vs Brooks - AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT, BUY THESE TICKETS NOW!