Victory in Brooks
By John Short
Six members of the Edmonton Prospects put their brief hitting slumps behind them Thursday in a 14-3 Western Canadian Baseball League season victory over the Brooks Bombers.
In their last three game, all losses, the Prospects had difficulty putting wood on the ball, but things changed in a four-run second inning highlighted by a long two-run homer off the bat of catcher Jake Gehri. The blast started the Prospects toward a 16-hit display that provided four runs in the second inning and five in the ninth, long after the issue had been settled and Bombers relief pitchers had a difficult time mopping up.
Gehri, a catcher from Yale University, has put his power on display several times in this young season. He was joined by Clay Loranger, Eric Crain, Travis Hunt, Nolan Walker and Tyler Maskill in the night’s two-hit club. Walker displayed his power with a homer and a triple on the way to a game-high four runs batted in.
Thanks at least partly to this offensive display, pitcher Taran Oulton became the first Prospects pitcher to go the distance this season. He scattered 13 hits but fanned 11 and made key pitches when necessary.
Oulton’s only major difficulties came from Josh McIntyre and Carter Troncin, who found him for three hits apiece and shared two first-inning runs before the young starter settled himself down. Oulton earned the opening-day victory against Brooks and again shows signs of being a staff leader all season.