2 Wins In 3 Games
By John Short
One night after being handled 12-0 in a no-hitter, the Edmonton Prospects rebounded Friday with a hard-fought 6-5 victory over the Weyburn Beavers.
The win marked a healthy end to a difficult road trip through the Saskatchewan precincts of the Western Canadian Baseball League and set up Edmonton for a home-stand that features the Moose Jaw Miller Express in a Canada Day meeting Monday night, followed by the City of Edmonton's now-traditional fireworks display.
Winning pitcher Trever Berg was excellent for Edmonton, surrendering only two hits through seven innings and allowing his mates to construct a 6-0 margin that David Wylie’s relief effort helped stand up for the win.
A solo home run by Drake Pilat in the seventh inning ended Berg’s shutout attempt, before Jack Barrie’s three-run homer highlighted a four-run eighth for Weyburn against Brendan Owens – but Edmonton’s run-scoring had already been done.
The big burst – part of the Prospects’ season-long record – came in the third inning. Pesky outfielder Pierce Blohowiak started things with a base on balls. Javier Ramirez and Edgar Harrell added singles around another walk by losing pitcher Liam Rosebeck, who was touched for two runs-batted-in by Harrell in the game.
Hot-hitting Travis Hunt provided his vital three-run blast to cap the highlight inning. He also scored what proved to be the winning run in the fifth, roaring home from first base on a double by Jake Gehri, who kept his batting average above .300 by collecting three of Edmonton’s eight hits.