Prospects Start Season With Convincing 7-1 Win

By Len Nunes

There is a charm to watching baseball on television rooting for your favourite team that lives oh so far away. Enter the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL). They give folks across Alberta and Saskatchewan the chance to watch baseball live. Now your couch might be comfortable but nothing beats spending time at the ballpark! On what was a rainy Thursday in the capital of Alberta, the Edmonton Prospects started the season off with a convincing 7-1 win over the Lethbridge Bulls.

The Bulls would open the scoring in the top of the 2nd inning. With 2-on and 2-out, Liam Vulcano would hit a double fielded by centerfielder Jake Lanferman. The lead runner would score for the visitors but Brett Semeniuk would be tagged out at home after a strong accurate relay throw by shortstop Aidan Huggins.

The Prospects would hit the scoreboard in the bottom of the 4th and they would do it in style. Anthony Cusati, who led off the bottom of the 2nd with a double, would lead off the 4th with a single. He would be joined by Nick Spillman on board, then Tony Olson would bring both home with a 3-run inside-the-park home run! The Prospects were not done scoring yet in the bottom of the 4th as Percy (Yi-Jia) Liu from Taoyuan City, Taiwan would drive home Zane Takhar from second base with a single to left field making it 4-1 for the home team after 4.

The score would stay that way until the two outs in the bottom of the 7th. Lanferman would triple and score on a passed ball while Cusati was at the plate. Spillman, for the third consecutive time, would reach base. Olson would collect RBI numbers 4 and 5 to bring home both Cusati and Lanferman. This would make the score 7-1 after seven innings and would become your final score.

On the mound, the Prospects did not stretch out any of their pitchers too much, not allowing anyone to pitch more than two innings. Taran Oulton got the Opening Day call and was the only Prospect pitcher to allow a run or a walk. This is not disrespect towards Oulton, this is a tip of the cap to Brenden Wiun and Jordan Smith who both pitched two innings and only allowed one baserunner each. Also a cap tip to Scott Gillespie and Michael Gahan who combined to pitch a perfect final three frames!

PLAYER OF THE GAME:

5 RBI man Tony Olson earns the first Player of the Game award of the season. Really was there any doubt?

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Friday June 1: Okotoks Dawgs 7:05PM at RE/MAX Field

Saturday June 3: Minor Baseball Day at the Park! Okotoks Dawgs 2:05PM at RE/MAX Field

 

 

JUNE 9TH, 2018 at 5:00PM, Doors for the event open at 4:30PM

CROWN JEWEL NIGHT - Celebrating Edmonton's Jewel in the River Valley - RE/MAX FIELD

Activities for the event include:

-John Short's "Hot Stove Discussion" in the "Smoke and Pickle Bar & Grille" behind home plate.

-Special Guests talking about the Ballpark, Ron Hayter and Baseball in general.

-1.5 hrs of interesting discussion and stories

      Special Guest Speakers - Orv Franchuk / Grant Cunningham / Patrick Cassidy

 *Must have ticket to the ballgame to get in.

      

The Edmonton Prospects Coaching Staff will be hosting an Open Tryout session this Thursday, May 10 at 4:00pm at RE/MAX Field.  Interested players that would like to have a shot to make the team are welcome to come out and see if they can make the cut!

An update on the Player Tryout Session: players trying out do not have to be in college or university. They just have to be college eligible and 25 years of age or under. Must have completed High School.
Tryouts are at RE/MAX Field Thursday, May 10 at 4:00pm. This event is not open to the public for viewing.

Ticket Windows: Open at least 2 hours before each game start.  We encourage fans to purchase online to avoid the last-minute line-ups.

Fundraising Opportunities: We provide your team or non-profit group tickets to re-sell.  Keep half the profits, half goes back to the Prospects!  Contact Ryan for more information, 780-717-6739.  Sell for regular price and keep the revenue for your group.  

Rainout Policy: Games will be played regardless of weather conditions unless called by the umpires at the game. Should a game be called, it will be a result of severe weather, lightning or field conditions that affect the safety of players and or grounds. Rain delay decisions will be at the discretion of the umpires and Head Coaches. If a game needs to be called after a Rain Delay – your ticket is still available to be redeemed at the box office for a future Prospects game.  Please check our social media accounts for up-to-date information when in doubt!

Refund Policy: The Edmonton Prospects Baseball Club have a no refund policy. However, they would like to ensure all ticket holders that have purchased a ticket are enabled to utilize the ticket. Therefore, if a game is cancelled due to weather conditions, the game ticket will be honoured at any other 2018 regular season game. 

Food/Drink Policy: No outside food or drink is allowed at Edmonton Ballpark.  All bags/purses/backpacks will be checked.

*Note: Home Plate Lounge has approximately 30 outdoor seats.  First come, first served for tickets purchased in that area.  There is plenty of indoor air conditioned seating as well.

Jays legend Roberto Alomar joins fight to keep Edmonton ballpark from demolition

The Hall-of-Fame second baseman wrote a letter to Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson after hearing that the 9,200-seat park may be demolished some day to make room for future redevelopment.

 

Roberto Alomar, shown in this 2016 file photo, wrote in his letter that baseball is on the upswing in Alberta, due largely to organizations such as the Edmonton Prospects that work with local players and coaches to improve their skills.  (FRANK GUNN / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By The Canadian Press

Tues., March 13, 2018

EDMONTON—A baseball legend who helped the Toronto Blue Jays capture back-to-back World Series titles in the early 1990s is stepping up to the plate to try to keep Edmonton’s river valley ballpark from the wrecker’s ball.

Hall-of-Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar has written a letter to Edmonton’s mayor and city council after hearing that the 9,200-seat park may be demolished some day to make room for future redevelopment in the neighbourhood where it’s located.

Alomar offered to write the letter when he spoke last month at a fundraising dinner for the Edmonton Prospects, a collegiate summer team that plays in the Western Major Baseball League, and learned the facility’s days may be numbered.

Mayor Don Iveson says the ballpark, situated next to the North Saskatchewan River, is not in any immediate danger of being torn down.

The Prospects hold a lease on the stadium for at least the next two seasons.

A report outlining potential options for the area in which it sits is expected to come before city council near the end of this year or early next year.

Alomar wrote in his letter that baseball is on the upswing in Alberta, due largely to organizations such as the Prospects that work with local players and coaches to improve their skills.

He said the ballpark — once home to championship-winning Triple A baseball teams — inspires kids throughout Western Canada by showing them they can have a chance to play in front of thousands of fans who respect their skill and accomplishments.

“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of this ballpark for baseball in Alberta and, more importantly, how devastating it would be to the baseball community and the many young players if it were demolished,” he penned.

Iveson said Alomar’s letter isn’t necessary right now, but he plans to keep the former major-leaguer in the loop.

“Attendance numbers (for Prospects games) are coming up and that’s very positive. We’re still an awful long way from a sustainable cost model there. The ballpark is aging and it’s going to require a lot of investment,” he said.

Jordan Blundell, the Prospects’ assistant general manager, said any decision on the ballpark is years down the road and the team is planning to play there long term. He also said when Alomar offers to volunteer on your behalf, you don’t say no.

“It kind of falls in line with what he’s doing now as a baseball philanthropist, teacher and builder.”

A statement posted Tuesday to the team’s website from managing partner Pat Cassidy said the Prospects are pleased with Iveson’s comments, but they “want to clarify that our concerns emanate from city administration comments that three or four concept plans may go to council by year’s end and one may not include the ballpark