Make Sure To Keep Your Tickets From Rainout!

Friday the 13th reared its ugly head by cancelling Friday night’s Edmonton Prospects versus Yorkton Cardinals baseball game. First pitch was delayed 30 minutes prepping the field for play but the rain never let up.  The game made it through 4 innings of play before the rain delay that eventually cancelled the game commenced.

Since the game never reached “official status” (5 innings), all fans in attendance are likely asking “so what about my ticket”?

Your ticket (whether it is on Igniter stock, printer paper or a QR code on your phone) is valid to attend any other Edmonton Prospects regular season. Simply bring your ticket to the box office the night/afternoon of the game and they will exchange them for a ticket to the new event.

PLAYER OF THE GAME:

To the hundreds of Prospects fans who braved the elements and went to RE/MAX Field in hopes of watching some baseball, this honour goes to all of you. May the force be with you!

NEXT GAME:

Saturday July 14 – CANADIAN ARMED FORCES NIGHT - Military personnel will be participating in a home run derby, the Royal Canadian Artillery Band will be performing the National Anthem and Colonel Scott McKenzie, Commander 3rd Canadian Division Support Group, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Proceeds from a 50 /50 draw will be donated to the Edmonton Military Family Resource Centre. 7:05 PM first pitch vs Brooks!

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Sunday July 15 RE/MAX Family Day! In support of the Children's Wish Foundation, kids run the bases post-game. Pick up a free Prospects Magazine on the concourse for player autographs or buy a ball in the Merchandise Store on the Main Concourse! 2:05 PM first pitch vs Brooks!

Toonie Tuesday July 17 vs Regina

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

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle!

*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 Break Jinx In Brooks

By Len Nunes

The Brooks Bombers currently occupy the western division basement in the 2018 season. One bright side to their season, aside from Riley MacDonald setting the WMBL home run record, is their ability to beat the Edmonton Prospects in their own ballpark. A close game until the 8th inning, the Prospects lifted the Elks Field jinx defeating the Bombers 8-3.

The Prospects opened the scoring in the top of the 2nd when Beaux Guilbeau brought home an Eric Crain lead-off double with a sacrifice fly. The lead became 2-0 in the 3rd inning when Nick Spillman singled home Zane Takhar.

Prospects starting pitcher Edgar Barclay cruised through the first two innings before running into a spot of trouble in the bottom of the 3rd. The only Bomber baserunner to reach due to a fielding error came around to score after a balk and a stolen base.  With the bases empty Conner Morro hit a homer to tie the game at 2. With 2-out in the 4th, Brooks added another run making it 3-2.

Prospects leftfielder Crain tied the game in the top of the 5th with a 2-out single.  The Prospects took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 6th when the Bombers committed two of their six defensive errors back-to-back. An error allowed Guilbeau to reach base then score on a mishandled AJ Nitzschke single.

Barclay had found his groove on the Prospects mound retiring the Bombers in order in the 5th and retiring the first two batters of the 6th. Two singles and a walk later, suddenly it was gut check time for Barclay. Damian Rodriguez became out number three and Barclay finished a good night on a high note.

Reliever Chase Morris, who had a “learning experience” game his last outing, bounced back strongly for the Prospects. Entering a tight game 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th inning, Morris gave up a single to MacDonald and struck out two batters. When he came back to the mound in the 8th inning, the Prospects had made the score 10-3 but that did not take away from Morris’ focus. A clean slate 8th was followed by another blank in the 9th leaving Morris’ final pitching line a sparking 3 innings played allowing 2 hits and a walk while striking out 5.

The big 8th inning for the Prospects started with a Guilbeau lead-off homer. The homer is Guilbeau’s first of the season. Percy Liu knocked in Aidan Huggins with a 1-out single. After Takhar reached on an error, Daylen Calicdan plated Liu making it 7-3.

Spillman’s 4th hit of the night drove in Takhar. Spillman’s .379 batting average sits 2nd in the league and his 29 RBI place him 5th overall. Crain, who finished the 3-for-5 extending his personal hit streak to 8 games, reached on an error which allowed Calicdan and Spillman to score making it 10-3.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

The heart wants to give it to Beaux Guilbeau for hitting his first homer or to Chase Morris for his remarkable bounce back performance on the mound. Numbers don’t lie though. Spillman going 4-for-5 and climbing the WMBL ranks gives him the Player of the Game nod.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday July 13 – STAR WARS NIGHT - Stars Wars themed game-worn jerseys to be auctioned off. Silent Auction bids will be taken across from the Merchandise Booth on the main concourse behind Section H. 7:05 PM first pitch vs Yorkton!

Saturday July 14 – CANADIAN ARMED FORCES NIGHT - Military personnel will be participating in a home run derby, the Royal Canadian Artillery Band will be performing the National Anthem and Colonel Scott McKenzie, Commander 3rd Canadian Division Support Group, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Proceeds from a 50 /50 draw will be donated to the Edmonton Military Family Resource Centre. 7:05 PM first pitch vs Brooks!

Sunday July 15 RE/MAX Family Day! In support of the Children's Wish Foundation, kids run the bases post-game. Pick up a free Prospects Magazine on the concourse for player autographs! 2:05 PM first pitch vs Brooks!

Toonie Tuesday July 17 vs Regina

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

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle!

*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.

Ron Kittle To Headline "Edmonton Trappers" Day, Friday July 20

Prospects managing partner Patrick Cassidy takes great pleasure in announcing Ron Kittle as the guest of honour for Edmonton Trappers Day! Kittle hit a Pacific Coast League record 50 home runs for the Trappers in 1982 in what was then known as John Ducey Park. As Kittle enters RE/MAX Field on Friday July 20th, he looks forward to renewing his acquaintance with the baseball fans of this community.

After his spectacular year with the Trappers, Kittle became Rookie Of The Year in the American League in 1983 with the Chicago White Sox. Highlights from his rookie season include a whopping 35 home runs and a trip to the annual July All-Star game. Before his career ended, the right-handed slugger also played with the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians.

His career ended with 176 home runs, which he spread through 15 separate parks.

Still active in the sport he loves, Kittle serves as a special ambassador for the White Sox. The White Sox were Edmonton’s first major-league parent team and helped pave the way for dozens of Trappers who followed the popular Kittle into the majors. Some of Kittle's home run blasts still rank among the longest in PCL history!

Prospects Managing Partner Pat Cassidy has this to say: "I and the entire Prospects organization are extremely pleased and excited to have one of Edmonton’s baseball legends join us for Trapper’s Nostalgia night.  I met Ron Kittle a few years ago at a golfing function and I can tell you he is a great story teller - - funny, engaging, humble and just a very kind and generous man.  It’s little wonder the Chicago White Sox declared him their hospitality Ambassador and we would like to do the same for our fans on the 20th and 21st."

Short And Sweet, Prospects Win 8-0

By Len Nunes

The rain wreaked havoc throughout the WMBL cancelling two games and shortening two others. For a baseball game to be deemed official, the visiting team must bat through five innings of play. Mother Nature held on just long enough Tuesday night as the Edmonton Prospects defeated the Yorkton Cardinals 8-0. The Prospects offence scored two runs an inning.

Prospects starting pitcher Connor Burns will be credited with a complete game shutout. Burns only allowed 3 Cardinals on base - a single, a walk (which was nullified by a double-play) and a double - through his 5 innings of work. With the win Burns evens his record at 2 wins and 2 losses dropping his ERA to 3.32.

With 1-out in the first inning Zane Takhar started up the Prospects offence with a single. Nick Spillman collected his team leading 27th RBI of the season with his 4th double of the season. Jake MacDonald would drive home Spillman with a single to give the Prospects a 2-0 lead.

Gio Villaneuva, Percy Liu and Zane Takhar all drew walks to load the bases in the bottom of the second inning with only 1 out. Michael Gahan flew out deep enough into right field to bring in Villaneuva. A walk to Spillman re-loaded the bases, and then a walk to Beaux Guilbeau made the score 4-0.

Villaneuva got hit by a pitch and Liu singled with 1-out in the third inning. Tony Olson's 5th double of the season drove home Villaneuva.  Takhar, who is tied for the league lead in walks (22), earns an RBI with a productive groundball out making it 6-0 for the Prospects.

Spillman led off the bottom of the 4th with a walk and with 2 outs, was joined by AJ Nitzschke who also walked. Villaneuva's 2nd double of the season brought both runners home and gave the Prospects an 8-0 lead.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Gio Villaneuva's official line reads 1-1 with 2-RBI double. He also reached base via a walk and a hit-by-pitch. With all due respect to Connor Burns’ 5 innings of shutout baseball, Villaneuva wins the Player of the Game nod.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 12 Road Game in Brooks

HOME GAMES

Friday, July 13 vs Yorkton Cardinals - Be sure to check out social media channels for a preview of our Stars Wars themed game-worn jerseys to be auctioned off. Silent Auction bids will be taken across from the Merchandise Booth on the main concourse behind Section H. 7:05 PM first pitch!

Saturday, July 14 vs Brooks - Military Day! Celebrations for our Armed Forces to say “thank you”. 7:05 PM first pitch!

Sunday July 15 vs Brooks - RE/MAX Family Day! In support of the Children's Wish Foundation, kids run the bases post-game. 2:05 PM first pitch!

Toonie Tuesday July 17 vs Regina

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

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night

*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.

Dawgs Walk Away With Hard Fought Victory

By Len Nunes

The Edmonton Prospects jumped out to an early lead. Twice the Prospects fell behind; twice the Prospects tied the game. They say the third time is the charm and the third time the Okotoks Dawgs took the lead, they held onto it for the win. The Prospects end their 5-game road trip with a 1-4 record. Overall, the Prospects are 4-14 on the road this season. After a much needed day off, the Prospects go home to the friendly confines of RE/MAX Field, where they are 9-4 so far this season, to play 8 of their next 9 games.

Nick Spillman started the scoring for the Prospects knocking home Michael Gahan. The RBI is Spillman's team-leading 26th of the season and puts him in a tie for 6th place in the WMBL. Spillman would try to score on an Eric Crain infield single but was tagged out at home plate.

The Prospects added another run to their lead in the top of the 2nd inning. Percy Liu doubled scoring Beaux Guilbeau making it 2-0.

Taran Oulton drew his first start for the Prospects since the Canada Day game which was plagued by early trouble. Those troubles found him in the second inning of this start also. After striking out lead-off batter Richard Mascarenas, 5 straight Dawgs batters collected hits. The big hit being a bases-loaded double by Eddie Sanchez that emptied the bases. When the dust settled it was 4-2 Okotoks after two. Credit to Oulton for settling down quickly and retiring 8 of the next 9 batters faced.

The Prospects drew even in the 4th. With 1 out, Guilbeau singled and AJ Nitzschke drew a walk. Liu hit his 2nd RBI double of the game bringing home both runners. The two doubles put Liu second on the team with 5.

The 4-4 tie lasted until the bottom of the 5th inning when Oulton found himself in trouble again. A lead-off single followed by an 11-pitch at-bat walk to Nate Dechaine put the Dawgs in position to score. A 1-out Mascarenas single made it 5-4 Okotoks. Oulton left after striking out Ryan Humenuik for the second out. The final line for the Prospects starter was 4 2/3 innings played, 5 runs allowed on 10 hits issuing 1 walk and collecting 5 strikeouts.

The Prospects got the run back in the top of the 6th once again tying the game. Crain's 2nd hit of the game led the inning off and was followed by a Guilbeau walk. Jake MacDonald hit a fly ball deep enough to center to score Crain making it 5-5.

Chase Morris took over for Oulton on the Prospects mound getting the final out of the 5th and first out of the 6th. Then the Dawgs scored 4 runs on 5 hits against him giving them a 9-5 lead. It was only Morris' second appearance in the WMBL so chalk this inning up as a learning experience.

Drew Scott, making only his third appearance in the WMBL, took over on the Prospects mound for the 7th inning. With a run already scored, the Dawgs loaded the bases with no outs. Scott struck out William Hollis and Nate Dechaine on his way of escaping the inning, only giving up the one run.

The Prospects pulled within 3 in the top of the 8th. Spillman drew a lead-off walk and with 1 out Guilbeau got his 2nd hit of the night. Spillman scored on a Mascarenas fielding error and Guilbeau scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of MacDonald making it 10-7.

The Dawgs added another run in the bottom of the 8th to make 11-7. The run was charged to Scott who left with 1 out and runners on first and third. The first batter Jordan Smith faced hit a RBI sacrifice fly. The other Dawg runner Smith inherited was stranded.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Percy Liu earns the Player of the Game nod with 2 doubles and 3 RBI.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Toonie Tuesday - July 10th at home versus Yorkton. Buy one ticket at regular price, get a second ticket for a Toonie. 7:05 PM first pitch!

Thursday July 12 Road Game in Brooks

Friday, July 13 vs Yorkton Cardinals - Be sure to check out social media channels for a preview of our Stars Wars themed game-worn jerseys to be auctioned off. Silent Auction bids will be taken across from the Merchandise Booth on the main concourse behind Section H. 7:05 PM first pitch!

Saturday, July 14 vs Brooks - Military Day! Celebrations for our Armed Forces to say “thank you”. 7:05 PM first pitch!

Sunday July 15 vs Brooks - RE/MAX Family Day! In support of the Children's Wish Foundation, kids run the bases post-game. 2:05 PM first pitch!