Canada Day Win!
By John Short
Presenting their own brand of fireworks for a crowd of 5,000 at RE/MAX Field on Canada Day, the Edmonton Prospects evened their Western Division record at 14-14 by downing the Moose Jaw Miller Express 12-2 in a Western Canadian Baseball League clash that stayed close until an offensive explosion that netted eight runs in the last two innings.
Once again, head coach Jordan Blundell’s youthful team used the “big inning” to their advantage.
Trailing 1-0 after starter and winner Hunter Boyd was tagged with a second-inning RBI single by Tucker Zdunich, Edmonton took control by stringing together four hits – two of the infield variety – and a Jake Gehri sacrifice fly for three runs in the fourth.
An error – one of several by each team on a chilly night when conditions were exceedingly damp – led to Moose Jaw’s final run in an inning marked by a spectacular two-out catch by centre fielder Tanner Roundy.
Boyd completed seven effective innings by scattering seven hits and fanning 10. Scott Gillespie and Jesse Poniewozik mopped up with no trouble.Third baseman Geordie McDougall and catcher Cole Warken combed him for three hits apiece.
Losing pitcher Blake Gallagher was almost as effective. Only three of the four runs he conceded in six innings were earned.
Hurlers Nathan Slobodian and Ethan Soroka were much less fortunate.
Javier Baez and Nathan Walker had three hits each for the winners, who face the Miller Express in a rematch tonight. Gehri, a promising freshman with the Yale Eli, punched two hits and added three assists to his WCBL total this year.