Lethbridge Series Re-cap – by Emma Caiger
What a few days it has been for baseball! Your Edmonton Prospects faced the Lethbridge Bulls for a 2-day, 3 game series this past Sunday and Monday- though none of it went as planned. After a crazy storm rained out the 2pm game on Sunday, Pat Van den Brink took to the mound for what would become our first game of the series at 7pm.
The Prospects didn’t waste any time, earning 5 runs in the bottom of the first. Scammell, Sabrowski and Funderburk all earned an RBI, with Centre Fielder Griffy Goyer earnings two on a big double to give Edmonton a comfortable lead early.
Van den Brink allowed only one run during his nearly flawless four innings but it was not enough to pick up the win. Brenden Wiun pitched a dominant four innings, giving up a hit and a walk with seven strikeouts to get the W. Jacob Pries closed with a quick three-up, three-down ninth to end the game.
In what would end as a 15-1 blowout, eight of the nine players on our Edmonton line-up earned at least 1 RBI, truly making Sunday’s win a team effort.
In order to make up for the lost game on Sunday, Monday evening turned into a twilight series, with two 7-innings games starting at 5pm. Paul Richy started with two quick innings, while his offence gave him a one-run lead going into the third. Unfortunately, the Bull’s Mitch McGeein had other plans, and hit a no-doubt three-run homerun to begin what would become a 1-4 win for the Lethbridge team.
Richy pitched 4.1 innings and allowed 8 earned runs off of 8 hits as Lethbridge powered on while his teammates struggled to find their bats. Tony Olson, however, had a dominant night at the plate, going a perfect 4 for 4 in his at-bats. With three hits and a walk, he crossed home plate twice before the ball game ended after a quick seven innings.
Even with a 10-4 loss to Lethbridge, there were still some great moments for our Edmonton Prospects. Kreiter got himself an RBI and Scammell earned three, tying the Prospect’s Nick Spillman with an impressive 17 RBIs on the season.
After yet another rain delay, the second game got underway shortly after 9pm, with left-hander Eric Sabrowski on the mound. After a rocky start for both teams due to the wet grass, this 7-inning game had three shutout innings for the Prospects, but it wasn’t enough to win the series.
Sabrowski had no luck against the lefties, and left the game after 5.1 innings to allow Funderburk to close out the 6th. Noah Gapp came in to close the game and made it look easy, striking out one and letting his defence take care of the other two outs of the inning.
After 30 runs being scored in the first two games between Edmonton and the Bulls, there was a significant change of pace for game three. Olson continued his hot streak, going a total of 4 for 6 on the night and scoring three runs. Noah Hill picked up an RBI, putting himself in a three-way tie with both Spillman and Scammell for most runs batted in on the season.
Overall, your Edmonton Prospects had a wicked 20 runs over two days, but could only come up with one win on the series. Want to see how they fair against the Yorkton Cardinals? Check them out this evening at 7pm at the Edmonton Ballpark.