Record-setting Night at the Dish Paces Edmonton Prospects to Big Win
by Len Nunes
The 2021 season for your Edmonton Prospects began with 16-8 victory to open the new Gulls Stadium in Sylvan Lake. After a rainout in Okotoks, the Prospects defeated the Sylvan Lake Gulls again 12-10 in ten innings. Coming “home” to host their first game on Wednesday, the offence put on a show for the faithful fans attending the game at Henry Singer Park in Spruce Grove. Of course, home is in parenthesis as the team awaits their new Spruce Grove Metro Ballpark to be built.
24 runs were placed on the scoreboard setting an unofficial single-game scoring mark for the Club. It’s unofficial as the Western Canadian Baseball League stats only go back to 2010 and the Prospects have been playing as the “Edmonton Prospects” since 2009. The two previous high scores for the Club were both in 2018. On June 30th they defeated Melville 21-3, then on July 17th the Club defeated Regina 20-6.
The Okotoks Dawgs Black, in this special year of only five teams Okotoks is fielding two of them, opened the scoring in the top of the 1st inning. Prospects starting pitcher Wyatt Anderson gave up back-to-back doubles to start the game. Anderson would turn in six innings of work for the evening allowing only one more Dawgs run. His final two innings of work being his strongest minimizing traffic on the bases.
When Anderson departed the game the score was 5-2 for the Prospects. An 11-run 7th inning followed by an 8-run 8th inning sent the score into the record books.
Luciano Letteri, batting 9th in the lineup, homered in the bottom of the 3rd to score the first Prospects run. Letteri would lead off the bottom of the 6th with a single and would score what would be the first of four runs in that frame.
The scoring in the bottom of the 7th started with a 3-run home run by Matty Reyes. RBI hits by Robert Holmes (single), Brendan Luther (single), Trent Lawson (ground rule double) punctuated the 11-run inning.
Run scoring singles by Lawson, Reyes, Jonny McGill (subbed in for Holmes in the top of the 8th) and Conor Bronson highlighted the 8-run 8th inning.
The Edmonton Prospects home becomes Centennial Park, Field 9 in Sherwood Park tonight (June 24) and tomorrow (June 25). Thursday night’s match pits the Prospects versus the Sylvan Lake Gulls. Friday night’s match sees Okotoks Dawgs Red pay a visit. Go to: https://tickets.prospectsbaseballclub.com for ticket information.