By Len Nunes There were built-in excuses if the Prospects lost Saturday night hosting the Medicine Hat Mavericks. Our team had just bussed from Regina back home to Edmonton to host the Mavericks who had won 7 of their past 8 games making them one of the hottest teams in the WMBL. The memory of a blowout loss in Medicine Hat on June 11th must have helped fuel our boys because the Prospects would win 15-2! With so much offense to talk about this story will start with our pitching. Zaine Foth-Thomas was the starting pitcher for our Prospects and would not allow a baserunner until the 3rd inning. Two Mavericks would get on base in that inning but a 6-4-3 doubleplay resolved that situation. A run would score against Foth-Thomas in the 4th and once it did he struck out the last two batters to end the inning. The final line on Foth-Thomas was an impressive 6IP 4H 1R 1BB 7K. Erik Sabrowski would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 7th inning that included two strikeouts. Scott Kramers would come in to pitch the final two frames retiring the first four batters he faced before allowing a run. The Prospects offense Saturday night started immediately! A leadoff single by Derek Shedden was brought home by the batter hitting second Zane Takhar. With Takhar on third and 2-out, Nick Spillman would single him home. With the bases now loaded, Anthony Cusati would hit a 2-RBI single to make the score 4-0 but the Prospects were not done yet. Mackenzie Parlow, the ninth batter of the inning, completed the scoring with a RBI single of his own to make it 5-0 Prospects after one inning. With the score 5-1 going into the bottom of the 6th inning, the Prospects offense would reignite. Takhar and Jake Lanferman would lead the inning off with singles being advanced by a productive out from Michael Gahan. Spillman would hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1. Aidan Huggins would hit a RBI double followed up by a RBI single care of Dean Olson which made the score 8-1 and chased the Mavericks reliever from the game. Parlow would collect his second RBI of the night with a double to bring the score up to 9-1. The bottom of the 7th inning started much the same as the 6th with Takhar and Lanferman reaching base to start things off. Gahan would join them on the basepaths, extending his personal hit streak to 7 games, loading them up with no outs. A wild pitch would send one run across the plate and another Spillman sacrifice fly would bring our score to 11-1. The Prospects would start the bottom of the 8th again loading the bases with no out. Lanferman collected a painful RBI collecting a base via being hit by a pitch. Spillman would collect RBI 4 and 5 with a single making the score 14-2. Huggins would collect the last RBI of the game bringing us to our final score of 15-2. Player Of The Game: 5 RBI man Nick Spillman earns this honour. Two timely singles and two sacrifice flies by Spillman were keys in the Prospects big offensive night. Play Of The Game: In the bottom of the 1st with our Prospects already up 2-0, Anthony Cusati would come up with the bases loaded and 2-out. An out here could have killed the momentum the Prospects started with but Cusati came through with a 2-RBI base knock! Next Game: Heroes Day at the park for a Sunday, June 25th 2:05PM game versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks. UPCOMING GAMES (all games at RE/MAX Field, first pitch 7:05PM) Tuesday June 27: Fusion Financial Toonie Tuesday! Buy one general admission ticket full price get one for only a toonie, versus the Fort McMurray Giants. Wednesday June 28: Dog Day! Bring your dog (on a leash!) to the game with you! The Fort McMurray Giants once again provide the opposition. Thursday June 29: Oilersnation Thirsty Thursday! All beverages (including alcohol!) are $1 off! Weyburn Beavers make their bi-annual visit to Edmonton. Friday June 30: The Comic Strip presents Friday Night Funnies with Rick Bronson as emcee! The Weyburn Beavers finish their 2-game set in Edmonton. Saturday July 1: Traditional Canada Day Spectacular Event! Suites and balcony seats are already sold out; do not delay ordering your grandstand seats to this event! The Moose Jaw Millers provide the competition. Sunday July 2: Shine FM Faith And Family Day! A matinee ballgame, 2:05PM first pitch!

Prospects Swept in Regina

The East leading Regina Red Sox proved to be a just a bit too much for our Prospects Thursday and Friday in Regina. The 14-3 score from Thursday’s loss was largely inflated by a big 8th inning while Friday’s 5-4 loss came in the bottom of the 9th inning.

THURSDAY:

Finnigan Duffield was the Prospects starting pitcher and fell into the 2nd inning trap that has been haunting the team recently.  By the end of the 2nd inning the Red Sox brought home 5 runs versus Duffield but the door was slammed shut after that. For each of the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings Duffield would only allow one runner and would keep him on the basepaths.

The Prospects hit the scoreboard in the top of the 2nd inning when a leadoff walk to Erik Sabrowski followed by a sacrifice bunt and a defensive error brought him home.

A leadoff walk in the top of the 5th by Aidan Huggins would turn into the Prospects second run of the game making the score 5-2 in favor of the Red Sox.  Michael Gahan earned the RBI with a single.

With the score 14-2 Red Sox heading into the top of the 9th, our Prospects did not go quietly into the night and were able to put up one more run.  With 2-out Matt Quartel would triple and be brought home by Anthony Cusati

Player Of The Game: Michael Gahan’s RBI single extended his personal hitting streak to 5 games.

Play Of The Game: Finnigan Duffield gave up a leadoff single in the bottom of the 3rd after giving up four runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Folding like a card house in a wind storm would have been so easy but Duffield showed maturity beyond his years.  After a “productive out” by the Red Sox, the final two batters were strikeout victims!

FRIDAY:

Derek Shedden led off the game with a walk and Michael Gahan extended his personal hitting streak to 6 games which staked the Prospects to a 1-0 lead. 

Gahan was also your Prospects starting pitcher on Friday. He allowed runs in each of his first three innings but finished with clean 4th and 5th innings.

With the 2-1 Red Sox in the top of the 3rd inning, the Prospects put up three runs to take a 4-2 lead. Shedden would lead the inning off with a single followed up by a Zane Takhar double. A RBI groundout by Jake Lanferman plated the first run of the rally. Gahan collected his 2nd RBI of the evening with a single and would eventually come home to finish the rally.

With the score tied at four, Jye Deeble came in to pitch 6th and 7th innings for your Prospects.  Collecting 4 strikeouts Deeble left the game with the score knotted at 4.

Andrew Grieder came into the pitch the 8th and 9th inning and would be saddled with the loss when a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth turned into the walkoff run for the Red Sox.

Player Of The Game: Derek Shedden three times led off an inning by getting on base. The first two times he came around to score and the third time he ended a string of nine straight outs by the Red Sox starter.

Play Of The Game: The RBI single by Michael Gahan in the top of the first immediately erased the bad memories of the previous night.

Next Home Game:  An 8-game in 9 days homestand begins Saturday June 24th versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks.  7:05PM first pitch at RE/MAX Field. It is Post-Secondary Day at the ballpark! Post-secondary students can receive a special on-line price of $10 tickets to the game, save $1 on beer at the game, and compete versus other schools during in-game breaks.

 

 

Prospects Back On Winning Track

By Len Nunes

Wednesday night marked the beginning of a 3-game road trip for our Prospects and our boys started the trip with a win! Never trailing in the game, the Prospects defeated the Brooks Bombers 5-2.

Jake Lanferman would lead off the top of the 2nd inning with a single and would come around to score to give our Prospects a 1-0 lead.

Aidan Huggins would lead off the top of the 3rd inning with a single and would be brought home by Michael Gahan. Erik Sabrowski, extending his personal hit streak to 6 games, would double bringing home Gahan making the score 3-0.

Prospects starting pitcher Taran Oulton would allow a run in the bottom of the 3rd and 4th. With the bases loaded, 2-out in the bottom of the 4th Oulton would strike out Lee Thomas to maintain the Prospects 3-2 lead. Oulton’s final line on the evening was a solid 6IP 6H 2R 4BB 5K.

Sabrowski would pick up his 2nd RBI of the game in the top of the 5th inning driving home Derek Shedden to extend the Prospects lead to 4-2.

After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Lanferman earned a bases loaded walk in the top of the 7th inning to further extend the lead to 5-2.

Scott Gillespie would take over on the mound for the Prospects in the 7th inning. Gillespie entered the game with 0.00 ERA and left the game with his ERA intact! His final line for the evening – 3IP 1H 0R 2BB 4K.

Play Of The Game: A 4-6-3 double play in the bottom of the 7th inning by our Prospects defense snuffed out the only momentum the Bombers were able to establish against reliever Scott Gillespie.

Player Of The Game: With an RBI in the 3rd and 5th inning, Erik Sabrowski earns this honour. His personal 6-game hit streak has raised his batting average to a team leading .382.

Next Game: The beginning of a 2-game road set in Regina versus the Eastern leading Red Sox. First pitch goes Thursday night at 7:05PM.

Next Home Game:  An 8-game in 9 days homestand begins Saturday June 24th versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks.  7:05PM first pitch at RE/MAX Field. It is Post-Secondary Day at the ballpark! Post-secondary students can receive a special on-line price of $10 tickets to the game, save $1 on beer at the game, and compete versus other schools during in-game breaks.

Make Sure To Keep Your Tickets From Last Night’s Rainout!

Mother Nature quite literally rained on the Prospects parade Tuesday night. After waiting an hour and fifteen minutes after the scheduled start to the game, Prospects management were forced to cancel the game due to an unrelenting rain. You are probably asking yourself, “so what about my ticket”?

Your ticket (whether it be on Ticketmaster stock, printer paper or a QR code on your phone) is valid to attend any other Edmonton Prospects regular season game except for the traditional Canada Day game. 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.

Next Game: Wednesday June 21st in Brooks against the Bombers. 7:05 first pitch.

Next Home Game:  An 8-game in 9 days homestand begins Saturday June 24th versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks.  7:05PM first pitch at RE/MAX Field. It is Post-Secondary Day at the ballpark! Post-secondary students can receive a special on-line price of $10 tickets to the game, save $1 on beer at the game, and compete versus other schools during in-game breaks.

Comeback Falls Just Short For Prospects

Did you know that Monday June 19th was the Prospects first Monday night game of the season? For most of us, just the thought of Monday makes us groan but after falling behind 5-0 the Prospects were oh so close to completing the comeback and sending RE/MAX Field fans home ecstatic. The final score would be 5-3 in favour of the Okotoks Dawgs.

Jordan Parranto was your starting pitcher for the Prospects, his second start of the season and third appearance overall. Much like Sunday’s loss to the Dawgs in Okotoks the 2nd inning was a problem point for our boys as the visitors put up 3 runs.  Parranto would settle in on the mound allowing only a walk in the third, retiring the Dawgs in order in the fourth and stranding two base runners in the 5th. The Dawgs would put runners on 2nd and 3rd base with no out in the top of the 6th and they would both score extending their lead to 5-0.

Cue the beginnings of the comeback in the bottom of the 6th. Jake Lanferman came up to the plate with the bases loaded and with a sharply hit ball to left field cleared the bases with a 3-RBI triple.

With the score still 5-3 Dawgs in the bottom of the 8th inning; Corey Jackson took the mound for the visitors. Jackson had gone four consecutive outings without allowing a run and that streak came as close as possible to being snapped by our Prospects. The Prospects loaded the bases and forced the Dawgs to go deeper into their bullpen just to get the final out of the inning and strand the runners.

Erik Sabrowski would extend his personal hitting streak to the 5-game plateau.

Play Of The Game: Jake Lanferman for the second consecutive game earns this honour. His 6th inning 3-RBI triple was a nice follow-up to his solo home run from last Saturday.

Player Of The Game: Relief pitcher Andrew Grieder entered the game in the 7th inning and wonderfully did his part in keeping the Prospects in line to complete the comeback. Three shutout innings allowing only three hits and striking three.

Next Game: Toonie Tuesday June 20th  First pitch 7:05PM. Buy one ticket regular price, get a second for only a toonie.