Beauty in Brooks
By John Short

It took a little longer than expected Friday but the Edmonton Prospects extended their domination of the Brooks Bombers with an extra-inning 9-7 victory.

Each team collected 14 hits in the free-swinging contest . Ultimately, losing pitcher Sean Rydell’s control issues settled the decision for Edmonton. He gave up four hits and three walks in a three-inning relief stint that ended when a double by Clay Loranger, walks to Nolan Walker and Pierce Blohowiak and a pitch that hit Javier Ramirez provided the winning runs.

Tanner Roundy, who spends much of his time in the Prospects outfield, turned in one solid inning of relief for the victory. Jackson Bandow started for Edmonton and fanned eight Bombers while walking four in five innings. Until Roundy reached the mound in the bottom of the 10th inning, when he walked one, the Bombers kept putting runners on base.

Brendan Kates solved Edmonton’s four pitchers for four hits in six at-bats. Josh McIntyre and Dax Wandler added to the offensive pressure with three runs-batted-in apiece, and were the Brooks leaders at the plate.

With four hits, Tyler Maskill continued his hot hitting for the Prospects, who returned home to face the Okotoks Dawgs Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in back-to-back home games at RE/MAX Field.

Ten Edmonton players collected at least one hit, including homers by Travis Hunt and Jake MacDonald.