By John Short
Third baseman Edgar Harrell slammed a double and a home run in his second game as an Edmonton Prospect, driving home four runs to pace his new team to an 11-3 victory over the Medicine Hat Mavericks Friday night.
His biggest blow was a three-run shot in the sixth inning, but by by then the Prospects had already opened a four-run lead. Medicine Hat’s only scores came in the eighth on a three-run homer off starting and winning pitcher Hunter Boyd, who gave up only one walk and fanned six before stepping out for Haden Dow’s perfect ninth inning of relief.
The victory marked a big step away from the recent slump, mostly in road games, that dropped Edmonton below .500 in Western Canadian Baseball League standings. Tanner Roundy and Travis Hunt – the outfielder continues to keep his average over .400 – each drove in a pair of runs. Jake MacDonald scored three runs and versatile Beaux Guilbeau, still locked at less than .200 despite a handful of line drives that have failed to fall in, showed major signs of breaking out. Included was a timely triple as he collected three welcome hits.
A Javier Ramirez single, an error on Roundy’s infield grounder and Hunt’s sacrifice fly in the third inning provided the earliest scoring against Mavericks starter Evan Sutta. The Prospects added two more in the fourth – the Guilbeau triple was a key – and wound up their scoring with two in the seventh.
Singles by Collin Klingensmith and Nolan Rattai put them on base for the long Rodriguez homer in the eighth that ended another solid start by Edmonton’s reliable Boyd.