Rich Walker Has A Complete Game Shutout, Prospects Win

By Len Nunes

Just past the 2-week anniversary of his perfect game, Rich Walker pitched a complete game 2-hit shutout for the Edmonton Prospects. The game was played in only two hours and ten minutes as Collin Thomas of the Brooks Bombers also pitched a complete game. The only offence on Canadian Armed Forces Night at RE/MAX Field was 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th. The 2-0 win puts the Prospects on a 3-game winning streak.

The game did not have a smooth start for Walker and the Prospects defence. A lead-off single followed by three errors loaded the bases and gave the Bombers a loaded-bases, no-outs situation. Walker struck out Bryce O'Farrell then watched his defence turn a double-play to escape the jam. This was Brooks' first game without Riley MacDonald. The new home run king of the WMBL and now former Brooks Bomber signed a professional contract with the Quebec Capitals. A tip of the cap to MacDonald for going pro!

At one point Walker retired 11 consecutive Bombers. The streak was broken up by a lead-off walk in the 6th. The Prospects second double-play of the evening kept Walker cruising along. Walker did not allow another hit until 1-out in the 8th inning. The Prospects Instagram account posted the 27th out of the evening as 2,123 fans congratulated Walker on a job well done!

All the offence the Prospects needed came in the fifth inning. Beaux Guilbeau led the inning off with a single but was swapped out on base with Anthony Cusati after a fielder's choice. AJ Nitzschke hit a single to left field to give the Prospects runners on the corners. The Bombers intentionally walked Tony Olson who had already collected a double and a single on the evening loading the bases for Zane Takhar. Down in the count 1-2, Takhar smacked a ball to center field making the score 2-0.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Rich Walker deservedly earns the “Player of the Game” nod with a complete game shutout. In his 6th start of the season, his 6 strikeouts is his second highest game total of the season.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Sunday July 15 vs Brooks - 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 purchase a bouncing baseball in the Prospects General Store on the Main Concourse!  2:05 PM first pitch!

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 Pitch

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.