By John Short
By any logical standard, it’s a long way from Winnebago County and tiny Neenah, Wisconsin, to RE/MAX Field in Edmonton.
But, after only two days, speedy outfielder Pierce Blohowiak has made it look like a trip around the block.
Not only did he slap a wrong-field single in the ninth inning to create a 5-4 victory for the Edmonton Prospects over the Lethbridge Bulls in their Western Canada Baseball League season opener Saturday night, but he followed Sunday afternoon with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, providing the winning margin in a 7-5 triumph.
Before drilling the home run, he stroked a lead-off single that led to nothing and then was hit by a pitch as the Prospects struck for three runs in the third inning. Head coach Jordan Blundell welcomed the power, while confirming that speed – not offence – was the first goal in recruiting Blohowiak from Yale University.
While speaking with Yale coach John Stuper, Blundell mentioned the need from “someone who had speed, could start some fires for us on the bases."
“The coach told me he had an idea. As soon as he described Pierce’s abilities, we started the recruiting process. It’s a good thing we got him.”
Other welcome gifts came in the form of pitching ability. Taran Oulton of nearby Legal, AB, turned in a solid starting performance on Saturday and three hurlers – starter Hunter Boyd and relievers Austin Herrington and Trever Berg – harnessed Lethbridge hitters quite effectively in Sunday’s game, which was played in glorious weather conditions.