Victory in Brooks
By John Short
Six members of the Edmonton Prospects put their brief hitting slumps behind them Thursday in a 14-3 Western Canadian Baseball League season victory over the Brooks Bombers.
In their last three game, all losses, the Prospects had difficulty putting wood on the ball, but things changed in a four-run second inning highlighted by a long two-run homer off the bat of catcher Jake Gehri. The blast started the Prospects toward a 16-hit display that provided four runs in the second inning and five in the ninth, long after the issue had been settled and Bombers relief pitchers had a difficult time mopping up.
Gehri, a catcher from Yale University, has put his power on display several times in this young season. He was joined by Clay Loranger, Eric Crain, Travis Hunt, Nolan Walker and Tyler Maskill in the night’s two-hit club. Walker displayed his power with a homer and a triple on the way to a game-high four runs batted in.
Thanks at least partly to this offensive display, pitcher Taran Oulton became the first Prospects pitcher to go the distance this season. He scattered 13 hits but fanned 11 and made key pitches when necessary.
Oulton’s only major difficulties came from Josh McIntyre and Carter Troncin, who found him for three hits apiece and shared two first-inning runs before the young starter settled himself down. Oulton earned the opening-day victory against Brooks and again shows signs of being a staff leader all season.

2018 Player Drafted

The Edmonton Prospects are pleased to see that our left-handed pitcher from last year's line-up, Edgar Barclay was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 15th round.  Edgar hails from Hilo, Hawaii and attended California State University in Bakersfield, California.

Things will get better . . . count on it.
By John Short
 
The defending-champion Medicine Hat Mavericks evened out the Prospects' Western Canadian Baseball League record at four wins and four losses by downing the Edmonton Prospects 3-1 Wednesday night at RE/MAX Field.
It was the second victory in as many nights for the Mavericks, who whacked Edmonton 14-3 on Tuesday, but the team’s improved effort gave Prospects head coach Jordan Blundell and the players some reason to be optimistic as they head toward Brooks for their next two games before returning to their home field Saturday and Sunday to meet the talented Okotoks Dawgs.
Edmonton’s clearest improvement showed on the mound, where starter Brayden Cust of Sherwood Park and two relievers allowed single runs only in the second, fifth and seventh innings. Cust was charged with both runs before being forced out in the fifth with an apparent blister on his throwing hand. Zac Harrington handled himself well until help was required for the final two outs.
First baseman Cameron Pope accounted for the first run with a long sacrifice fly to score Austin Sojka from third base. Impressive team speed was an element in all three Mavericks runs. Brandon Ponticelli of Kansas University went five innings for the win, while three relieves mopped up a comfortable four-hit performance.
Eric Crain’s soaring homer to left in the sixth inning spoiled what would have been a combined shutout for Ponticelli, Flynn Ridley, Hunter Cooper and closer John Rains. In the ninth, Travis Hunt stroked a long one-out double for the Prospects, but Rains saved two of his four strikeouts for the final two batters.
In their bid to get back on the winning path, Blundell has designated opening-day starter Taran Oulton to open Thursday in Brooks.
 
 

Game Re-cap
By John Short
The Edmonton Prospects escaped the first inning against the Medicine Hat Mavericks without surrendering a run Tuesday night.
It was not an omen of things to come.
The Mavericks, playing to the level of last year’s Western Canadian Baseball League champs, collected 20 hits, accepted free passes without apology – five in the six-run third inning, for example – and wound up with a 13-3 triumph, climbing beyond the .500 mark in standings for the first time this season. With the defeat, Edmonton’s record fell to four wins and three losses. The rivals play again tonight (Wednesday) at RE/MAX Field.
Not one of five pitchers used by Prospects head coach Jordan Blundell managed to evade giving up at least one run. Starter Austin Herrington threw a whopping 81 pitches before being removed in the painful third inning. Up first in relief, Matt Erickson had control troubles of his own, but struck out five during a three-inning relief stint.
Edmonton’s pitching woes were made more evident because Medicine Hat starter Junior Pimental turned in an excellent performance, striking out nine and walking only a pair in six innings. One Prospects run followed a walk and hit batsman in the seventh and shortstop Javier Ramirez accounted for two RBIs with a ringing double in the eighth.
Every Maverick batter reached base at least once. Shortstop Collin Kingensmith collected five hits, while first baseman Sal Rodriguez went 1-for-1 – receiving bases on balls five times in the game, which lasted nearly four hours.

A Drop From The Dawgs
John Short – June 3, 2019

A pitcher-catcher battery from tiny Oyen, Alta., provided more than enough energy for the Okotoks Dawgs to hand the Edmonton Prospects a 7-3 defeat in a Western Canadian Baseball League game rescheduled Monday after dangerous air conditions prompted a postponement last week.

Three Okotoks runs in an error-tainted second inning and three more in the fifth left the Prospects unable to overcome the deficit. A two-run double by catcher Jake Gehri and a run-scoring single by Eric Crain in the sixth restored the only real offensive power for Edmonton..

Two early infield bobbles caused many of the problems for Edmonton starter Jackson Bandow. One of four Yale University players on the roster, he was overshadowed by righthander Brandon Logan, who yielded only four hits in five innings and got the benefit of several top fielding plays.

The offensive part of the battery – catcher Gavin Logan – had three singles and a double to become a big part of each three-run Okotoks outburst. Third baseman Esau Brett scored two Dawg runs, one of them after Maritime lefthander Hayden Dow made his first relief appearance for the Prospects.

Edmonton’s best pitching was provided by Alberta product Jesse Poniewozik, who stranded four runners in the last three innings.

This was the Prospects’ second defeat of the young season – both against unbeaten Okotoks. The foes meet again at RE/MAX Field Saturday and Sunday but first, Edmonton is scheduled at home Tuesday and Wednesday against the Medicine Hat Mavericks.