Arriving at Centennial Park Field 9 at 5:30 PM for the pregame volunteers meeting, I bumped into Prospects Head Coach and Assistant General Manager Jordan Blundell. With recent Prospects game results being 24-10 and 14-0 plus recent Western Canadian Baseball League games posting 16-10 and 10-9 scores, Blundell stated the obvious: "With so much time away from the diamond, pitchers across the league are a little behind in their games compared to the hitters". Cue his pitching staff to buck the trend.
Prospects starting pitcher Julian Tymochko turned in another quality start and reliever Scott Gillespie (recently featured on the league website) earned a 3-inning save helping the Prospects defeat the Okotoks Dawgs Red.
In the season opener on June 18th in Sylvan Lake, Tymochko bounced back from an opening inning run against and loading the bases in the top of the 2nd to deliver five solid innings. Last night, Tymochko followed a similar path allowing a first inning run against then cruising until the 5th inning. The Dawgs were able to score two in the 5th. Undeterred the Prospects starting pitcher came back out in the sixth inning to collect his 7th, 8th and 9th strikeouts of the evening.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first, McCoy Pearce came up with 2-on and 1-out. Pearce smacked a double to tie the game up. Pearce would come up in the 3rd inning with 1-on and 2-out smacking another double to put the Prospects up 2-1.
The Prospects would take the lead for good in the bottom of the 5th. With Brendan Luther and Pearce (the Dawgs intentionally walked the hot bat) on base, Robert Holmes hit a double off the base of the outfield wall to score both runners.
The 4-3 lead became a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the 6th when Aiden Perry hit a sacrifice fly scoring Conor Bronson. Bronson originally got on base via a walk then promptly stole both 2nd and 3rd base.
Enter Prospects reliever Gillespie to retire the first four batters he faced before allowing two base runners. A double play would end the 8th and Gillespie would retire the side in order in the ninth inning to send the "sellout" crowd home happy.
GAME RE-CAP FOR JUNE 25
By Len Nunes
June 29th at Sylvan Lake
NEXT LOCAL HOME GAMES:
Saturday July 10 at 7:05 PM and Sunday July 11 at 2:05 PM at Centennial Park Field 9 in Sherwood Park.