The Perfect Game!
By Len Nunes
After losing 5-2 on Thursday in game one of the two game set, the story heading into Friday night’s re-match was the 6-game losing streak the team was on. Whenever you heard Coach Ray Brown speak, he would always emphasize keeping the game simple. Bring in your runners in scoring position, make your throws on defence, stay focused on the mound, etc. These are all lines you are bound to hear from Coach Brown if you listen to any of his interviews. The Prospects followed his advice to “perfection”!
With 1-out in the top of the first, Tony Olson and Daylen Calicdan collected walks. Nick Spillman singled bringing in both men opening the scoring for the Prospects. Spillman now leads the team in batting average (.385) and RBI (18). AJ Nitzschke collected a 2-RBI single of his own to get the night started off on the right foot.
With the offence spotting Walker a 4-0 lead, Arizona native Rich Walker made his 4th start of the season. The first year Edmonton Prospect, Walker had a 6-pitch 1-2-3 inning to set the tone early. The tone being perfection, 27-up, 27-down!
The honourable thing to do here is to let him describe the win. Quotes are taken from Walker’s post-game interview on TSN 1260 Sports Night.
“A lot of credit to my shortstop Aidan Huggins…He was absolutely unreal for me today. I think he had 4 or 5 groundballs, some of them were not the easiest so he definitely picked me up there”
I think it was the 2nd inning, our leftfieder AJ (Nitzschke) got an amazing read on an off-the-end fastball and it really helped me out.
The number one play of the day came from Zane (Takhar), our second baseman. A little jam shot hit between him and the first baseman. He busted that through the outfield to make that play for me. Nick Spillman, you know, kinda took a couple steps at it and made he sure got back to the bag. I don’t think that it was the closest of plays but one the defence definitely picked me up.”
The only number in Walker’s pitching line that was not a zero was his strikeout total of 9.
"UNBELIEVABLE! I really can’t believe what I just witnessed. I’m still shaking. It’s an incredible individual and team accomplishment. There have been only 23 perfect games in 210,000 MLB Games. Do the math and you will realize how near impossible this is at any level." beamed Prospects Managing Partner Patrick Cassidy!
PLAYER OF THE GAME
After zero deliberation, this honour goes to the young man who threw a perfect game. Congratulations on making history Rich Walker!
Saturday, June 30 vs Melville Millionaires at 7 PM - Tickets just $10 for students and the band starts at 5pm. Get to the pre-game concert early and party in the Prospects' Pit in the stand-up 1st base area. Stay and enjoy the game that starts at 7pm. Cheap beer and cheap fun!
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*CANADA DAY UPDATE: Suites, Lounge and Balcony seats are SOLD OUT. The best sections for viewing fireworks are selling briskly.