Prospects Finish Season On High Note
By Len Nunes
After defeating the Fort McMurray Giants 12-7 on Sunday afternoon the Edmonton Prospects finished their regular season with a .500 record for a second consecutive year. The question now becomes can the Edmonton Prospects make their third consecutive WMBL finals and attain their pre-season goal of "winning the last game of the summer"?
Prior to the beginning of this season, Roberto Alomar of the Toronto Blue Jays wrote a letter to Mayor Don Iveson fighting to keep RE/MAX Field as a part of any and all downtown plans. The reaction on Twitter supporting the Prospects and RE/MAX Field was recognized by Mayor Iveson. The Mayor re-affirmed his desire to keep a ballpark in Edmonton but mentioned he would like to see more support in the stands. Thank you Edmonton! The first look at the official numbers according to a tweet by "Director, Partnerships and Ticket Sales" Ryan Jagoe shows a 25% increase in attendance.
The Prospects jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning of their final game. Eric Crain with a RBI single opened the scoring. A 2-RBI triple by Beaux Guilbeau made it 3-0. Daylen Calicdan, Anthony Cusati and Tony Olson all added RBI singles to round out the opening frame scoring.
Prospects starting pitcher Brenden Wiun pitched five innings on the afternoon. After a quiet first inning, the Giants were able to put up three runs in the second. After 1-2-3 innings in the 3rd & 4th, Wiun lost the plate in the 5th. The Giants capitalized adding 4 runs but Wiun still left the game with the lead and collected the win.
Calicdan drove in his second run of the season in the bottom of the 2nd with a double. In the bottom of the 3rd Zane Takhar hit into a double-play but still earned a RBI as AJ Nitzschke crossed the plate. A Michael Gahan double drove in Matt Brisson for the Prospects 9th run of the game.
With the score 9-7 in favour of the Prospects, the offence ostensibly salted the game away with three more runs in the 6th inning. Guilbeau and Calicdan led the inning off with back-to-back walks. Nitzschke singled in a run then Matt Brisson picked up his first 2 RBI of the season with a single of this own.
The last season turnaround for Scott Gillespie continues! Gillespie pitched the 6th through 8th innings for the Prospects allowing only 1 hit and issuing 2 walks. Jordan Smith pitched a shutout 9th inning for the Prospects making it three straight appearances without allowing a run.
Your 2018 Prospects Leaders:
Batting Average - Daylen Calicdan (.367), Nick Spillman (.362)
Doubles - Anthony Cusati and Nick Spillman (9)
Triples - Tony Olson (4), Percy Liu (3)
HR - AJ Nitzschke (3)
RBI - Nick Spillman (36), Tony Olson (28)
Walks - Zane Takhar (26), Nick Spillman (23)
Stolen Bases - Percy Liu (14), Tony Olson (8)
Hit-by-pitch - AJ Nitzschke (6), Tony Olson (5)
Wins - Rich Walker (5), Taran Oulton (4)
Strikeouts - Michael Gahan (40), Connor Burns/Rich Walker (38)
ERA - Rich Walker (3.16), *Edgar Barclay 1.98
UPCOMING SCHEDULE - PLAYOFFS
Tuesday July 31 and Wednesday August 1st – Road Games in Okotoks, 7PM starts
Thursday August 2nd – RE/MAX Field vs Okotoks 7PM
(if necessary) Friday August 3rd – RE/MAX Field vs Okotoks 7PM
(if necessary) Saturday August 4th – Road Game in Okotoks 7PM