After Back-to-Back Postponed Games, Prospects Win Streak Snapped

By Len Nunes

The Edmonton Prospects were on a 6-game win streak until Mother Nature intervened. Whether instinctively or intuitively, when things are going well you try to keep the same routine going. Superstitious or not, having games on Thursday July 19th and Friday July 20th postponed had to have messed with the team mojo. Traveling out to Okotoks Saturday night, the Dawgs defeated the Prospects 10-1. The Prospects will look to find their mojo again Sunday afternoon in the Seaman Stadium rematch versus the Dawgs.

Taran Oulton made his team leading 8th start of the season for the Prospects. Versus the Dawgs, Oulton earned a win on June 3rd and a loss on July 8th. After a clean first inning, the Dawgs were able to put up three runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Oulton cruised along relatively smoothly until the 6th inning when the Dawgs were able to put up 5 more runs.

The Prospects offence, which had scored 63 runs during the 6-game win streak, was held to only one run. In the top of the fourth inning Eric Crain hit his first triple of the season. Next batter up was Beaux Guilbeau and he brought home Crain with a sacrifice fly. Crain and Guilbeau combined for three of the four Prospects hits on the night.

Tony Olson had the other Prospect hit extending his personal hitting streak to 6 games. Olson also drew 2 walks making it 6 consecutive games where he had drew at least one free pass.

The Dawgs were able to score two runs against Prospects reliever Scott Gillespie in the 7th to make the score 10-1. Drew Scott came in to the 8th inning and retired the side in order.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Beaux Guilbeau earns the Player of the Game honours. His 7th inning double puts him on a 6-game personal hit streak. Guilbeau also collected the sole RBI.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Sunday July 22 in Okotoks

TOONIE TUESDAY - July 24 vs Okotoks at RE/MAX Field

Wednesday July 25 in Medicine Hat (conclusion of July 19 game also scheduled to be played)

July 26 and 27 in Lethbridge

FINAL WEEKEND OF THE REGULAR SEASON

Saturday July 28 - Country Night - hosting Fort McMurray 7PM

Sunday July 29 - Fan Appreciation Day - hosting Fort McMurray 2:05PM

Only 3 Home Games Left To Exchange 3 Rainout Dates

Mother Nature has wreaked havoc on the Edmonton Prospects in the month of July. With games being cancelled on July 13th, July 19th and July 20th thousands of fans have tickets that can be exchanged for any upcoming regular season home game.

There are only 3 regular season home games remaining on the Prospects:

Tuesday July 24 vs Okotoks 7PM

Saturday July 28 vs Fort Mac 7PM

Sunday July 29 vs Fort Mac 2PM

If you have “Grandstand” or “Lounge Access” tickets, the exchange process is simple. Simply go to the box office on game night of your choice and swap them for tickets to that game.

If you have “Balcony” seating the process is almost the same. Take your tickets to the box office on the game night of your choice to begin the swap process. If those exact seats are available, the swap will be made. If those exact seats are not available, you will be placed in alternate balcony seating. Availability is open so please come early (box office opens one hour prior to the start of the game).

If you have “Suite tickets” before coming to any of the games please e-mail Director, Partnerships & Ticket Sales Ryan Jagoe ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to make the necessary adjustments.

The Prospects will do their best to accommodate everyone’s request but we kindly remind you that the weather is not under our control.

Extra Innings Win Extends Win Streak To 6

By Len Nunes

The WMBL regular season is 75% done. The league website recently wrote a column on how the Medicine Hat Mavericks, already at 30 wins, stand a chance to break the record for most wins in a season (39). The fly in their ointment is the Edmonton Prospects! On Wednesday night, for the 3rd time this season, the Prospects defeated the Mavericks. Keep in mind; the Mavericks have only 7 losses all season! The win is the Prospects 4th straight at the friendly confines of RE/MAX Field and 6th straight overall pushing their record over the .500 mark for the first time since June 12th.

A Prospects offence that had scored 36 runs in their previous two games jumped out to a 3-0 lead. A sacrifice fly by Nick Spillman scored Tony Olson in the first inning opened the scoring. In the third inning, AJ Nitzschke and Olson got the ball rolling with back-to-back walks. Zane Takhar plated Nitzschke and Eric Crain plated Olson.

Making his fourth start of the season, Edgar Barclay and his 1.24 ERA was tasked with trying to slow down the highest run scoring offence in the league. Barclay kept them off the scoreboard until the 4th inning. With the lead-off runner aboard Nolan Rattai doubled to break the shutout.

Anthony Cusati quickly got that run back in the bottom of the 4th inning with a first pitch home run making it a 4-1 Prospects lead.

Barclay's night would end with only one away in the 5th inning. A Colton Wright double cashed in Carson Johnson who was hit by a pitch. Rattai's 2nd double of the night brought the Mavericks to within one. Barclay's final line was 4 1/3 innings played allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. While the night's performance will not rank as one of his best, his new ERA of 1.96 in a total of 21 1/3 innings played this season is still very impressive.

The Prospects made it 5-3 in the bottom of the 5th when Beaux Guilbeau hit his first triple of the season scoring Eric Crain.

Brenden Wiun, who took over for Barclay on the mound, gave up a lead-off homerun to Jordan Dray to start the 6th inning. Wiun allowed two more baserunners in the inning but stranded both.

Once again the Prospects responded in the bottom half of the inning! On base via a walk, Olson came around to score to make it 6-4 Prospects.

Jordan Smith came in to pitch for the Prospects and retired the Mavericks in order in the top of the 7th inning. Back-to-back hits to start the 8th brought the Mavericks within 1. With 2-out the Mavericks then tied the game at 6.

Josh Sieglitz came on to pitch for the Prospects in the 9th inning. It was Sieglitz's 8th appearance of the season and 4th time facing the Mavericks. 6-up, 6-down with 3 strikeouts sums up a strong performance by Sieglitz as the game went into extra innings.

With 2-out in the bottom of the 10th, Olson reached base with a single. With Takhar at the plate, Olson moved to second on a wild pitch. Two pitches later the Mavericks catcher struggled to scoop the ball out of the dirt and Olson charged to third. The throw got past the third baseman and Olson raced home for the game winning run! 7-6 was your final score as the remaining 1,284 fans went home happy!

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Tony Olson wins the Player of the Game award going 2-for-4 at the plate with two walks. Olson's aggressiveness on the bases can be directly linked to 3 of the 6 Mavericks errors on the evening.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer - 7:05 PM First Pitch

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle! 7:05 PM First Pitch

The legendary John Short will be hosting a pre-game "Sportstalk" with Kittle and fellow Edmonton Trappers Icons GM Mel Kowalchuk and play-by-play voice Al Coates at 5PM in the lounge.

*Outside Food Policy - The Edmonton Prospects have a no outside food policy at RE/MAX Field. Security will check specifically for nuts and sunflower seeds due to allergies. Any outside food will be asked to either be consumed prior to entry to the ballpark or returned to your car. You may bring a water bottle to the game but it must be empty as you can refill for free inside at one of two water fountains. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Prospects Win Streak Hits Five With Impressive Win

By Len Nunes

The Prospects improved their record at RE/MAX Field to 13-4 after jumping out to a 20-0 lead against the 2nd place in the Eastern Division Regina Red Sox. The win brings the Prospects record back to .500 and increases their win streak to 5 games. For the second consecutive game each Prospects starting position player collected at least one hit.

Prospects starting pitcher Connor Burns has now pitched 14 straight scoreless innings. Burns pitched 5 innings of 1-hit baseball striking out 7 batters along the way Tuesday night. It was almost a carbon copy of his prior start in which he pitched 5 innings of 2-hit ball. The Melville Millionaires are the last team to score against Burns when they scored 3 runs in the 3rd inning.

The Prospects offence started in the bottom of the 2nd with a Beaux Guilbeau lead-off walk followed by a Daylen Calicdan single. Tony Olson brought them both home with a 2-out single to right field.

Nick Spillman and Eric Crain started the bottom of the 3rd with back-to-back singles. Guilbeau knocked in Spillman making it 3-0 for the Prospects. With the bases loaded Michael Gahan dropped a single to center field for a RBI. With the bases still loaded AJ Nitzschke earned a painful RBI getting plunked by a pitch making it 5-0.

With Crain and Guilbeau aboard in the bottom of the 4th, Calicdan hit his first triple of the season cashing in both runners. Anthony Cusati hit his team leading 9th double of the season bringing home Calicdan. With the bases loaded, Olson batted into a productive out to score the lead runner. Zane Takar would make it 10-0 with a single to right field plating Gahan.

The Prospects loaded the bases in the bottom of the 5th and were able to score three times without even getting a hit. Guilbeau with his 2nd lead-off walk of the night was followed by Calicdan getting drilled by a pitch. For precautionary reason Calicdan left the game being replaced by Percy Liu. Cusati drew his 2nd walk of the night. With Olson at the plate, a balk scored the lead runner then a wild pitch scored the second runner. To finish clearing the bases Olson reached base on a fielding error. 13-0 nothing Prospects!

Singles by Spillman, Crain and Guilbeau loaded the bases to start the bottom of the 6th. Liu was hit by a pitch giving him a bruise and a RBI. With Jake MacDonald, subbing in for Cusati, at the dish another Red Sox wild pitch brought in run number 15 of the evening for the Prospects. Gahan reached on a defensive error which allowed another Prospects run to score then Nitzschke hit his 2nd double of the season scoring two more runs. A Takhar groundout scored Nitzschke making it 19-0. Spillman came up to bat for the 2nd time in the inning and singled again driving in the 20th and final Prospects run of the night. Finishing 3-for-4 at the plate, Spillman improved his batting average to a league best .392!

One of the difficult aspects of the game of baseball is that there is no "coast to the end" option. In football you can kill clock by simply running the ball into the line. In basketball you can dribble out the shot clock. In hockey you can choose whether to shoot or just keep passing the puck around. Well, in baseball you have to keep throwing the ball over the plate and you have to keep playing defense.

Dylan Emmons and Scott Gillespie each pitched two innings in the difficult situation of protecting an insurmountable lead. Athletes are trained to perform under pressure, so coming into such a big lead and such little pressure must be hard. Emmons and Gillespie would each be touched for three runs against but the Prospects easily held on to win 20-6.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

A tip of the cap to the entire batting order of the Edmonton Prospects but the Player of the Game nomination goes to starting pitcher Connor Burns. Regina as a team is in the top half of all major batting categories and they only managed a single versus Burns.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday July 18 vs Medicine Hat - Faith and Family Day in support of The Mustard Seed - 7PM

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer - 7:05 PM First Pitch

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle! 7:05 PM First Pitch The legendary John Short will be hosting a pre-game "Sportstalk" with Kittle and fellow Edmonton Trappers Icons GM Mel Kowalchuk and play-by-play voice Al Coates at 5PM in the lounge.

Sweet 16! Prospects Offence Explodes In Big Win

By Len Nunes

The Edmonton Prospects scored at least a run in 7 of 8 innings en route to a 16-2 win over the Brooks Bombers. Every Prospects starting position player collected at least one hit. The win is the Prospects 4th in a row improving their record to 17-18.

Before we go into the plethora of runs scored, let's start by giving the Prospects pitchers their fair due. Taran Oulton drew his 7th start of the year Sunday. Arguably one of the top pitcher's in the WMBL through the first few weeks of the season, the calendar month of July had not been kind to Oulton until he seemingly figured things out versus Brooks. The Bombers did not collect their first hit of the game until the third inning. Two of five Prospects errors on the evening then greased the wheels for Brooks scoring their only two runs. The defence did twice come up with double-plays behind Oulton as the pitcher finished the night with 6 innings played allowing only 4 hits and striking out 5.

The Prospects bullpen pitched three shutout innings to seal the deal. Jordan Smith, Drew Scott, and Josh Sieglitz each threw one inning of no-hit ball. Now for the offence!

Tony Olson led the ballgame off with a single and was brought home on a Nick Spillman single to open the scoring.

Anthony Cusati and Michael Gahan led the bottom of the 2nd inning off with back-to-back singles. Aidan Huggins was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tony Olson collected a RBI via a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. The Prospects 3rd run scored on a wild pitch by the Bombers starting pitcher.

With 1-out in the bottom of the 3rd inning Eric Crain hit a single. With 2-out, Gahan drove in Crain with a single to left field making it 4-2 Prospects.

In the bottom of the 4th inning Olson reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score on a Percy Liu groundball out. With the bases empty Spillman hit a double and scored when the Bombers defence committed one of their 5 errors on the afternoon.

With the score 6-2 going into the bottom of the 6th inning the Prospects put up four more runs. With Spillman aboard with a walk, Beaux Guilbeau hit his second home run in three days. Cusati followed that up with a single and was brought home by a Gahan double. Huggins hit a single to center field to score Gahan expanding the lead to 10-2.

The lead grew to 12-2 in the 7th inning when Nick Spillman hit his 2nd double of the game scoring Liu. Spillman would later score on a Crain sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the 8th inning Gahan completed his perfect 5-for-5 night at the plate with a lead-off single. Nitzschke and Huggins each hit singles loading the bases along with Gahan. Olson drew a walk for his 2nd RBI of the night making it 13-2. Liu reached base on a fielder's choice that pushed the score to 14-2. Crain hit a 2-RBI single to end the offensive barrage and bring us to our final score of 16 -2!

PLAYER OF THE GAME

On an afternoon where everyone chipped in, this decision is tough. The nod will go to Michael Gahan and his perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with four singles, a double and 2 RBI.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Toonie Tuesday July 17 vs Regina 7PM

Wednesday July 18 vs Medicine Hat - Faith and Family Day in support of The Mustard Seed - 7PM

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer - 7:05 PM First Pitch

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle! 7:05 PM First Pitc