Prospects Win BIG
By Len Nunes
Your Edmonton Prospects returned home Tuesday night from a successful 3-game series in Medicine Hat and did not let a little bit of rain dampen their enthusiasm of being in front of their RE/MAX Field faithful. A 7-run 3rd inning plus a 5-run 5th inning powered the Prospects to a 15-1 win over the Fort McMurray Giants. The win improves the Prospects record to 7-2, 0.5 games behind the Lethbridge Bulls (our opponent on Thursday) for first place in the West.
Sometimes in a blowout victory you can overlook the performance of your pitchers but that would be travesty in Tuesday night’s case. Finnigan Duffield was your hometown home team starting pitcher and was very impressive retiring the first 7 batters he faced. In six innings of work, Duffield would only allow 4 base runners, none of which got further than second base. The final line for our starter - 6IP 1H 0R 3BB 9K. His season ERA, a miniscule 0.93.
Another hometown, University of Edmonton, young man would come in to relieve Duffield in Scott Kramers. Kramers would allow a run against in his first WMBL inning but would settle in to pitch the final two innings faced only one batter over the limit. Kramers final line in is debut – 3IP 3H 1R 1BB 2K.
The Prospects opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning via an Erik Sabrowski RBI single. Also of note in the first inning, Michael Gahan extended his personal hitting streak to 7 games.
Sabrowski would collect two more RBI in the bottom of the 3rd with a bases loaded single scoring Dean Olson and Jake Lanferman. With the bases re-loaded, Tony Olson and Derek Shedden would hit RBI singles before the big hit of the game was delivered. Dean Olson, who extended his personal hitting streak to 7 games, hit a triple to clear the bases and cap off a 7-run inning making the score 8-0 Prospects.
A RBI hit-by-pitch by pinch hitter Matt Quartel, RBI single by Mackenzie Parlow and bases loaded error by the Giants with Aidan Huggins at the plate ballooned the score to 13-0 during the 5th inning.
Caeden Harris, who hit a home run Sunday in Medicine Hat that you could watch over and over again on the Prospects Twitter Page (@EdmProspects), would once again swing the big bat and hit a 2-RBI triple in the 8th inning to bring us to our final score of 15-1.
Play Of The Game: Going to call this one a tie because how often do you have two running scoring triples in a game? Dean Olson’s bases clearing triple in the 3rd inning will share the spotlight with Caeden Harris’ 2-RBI triple in the 8th inning.
Player Of The Game: There are many options here but this honour will be bestowed upon the man who drove in the first three runs of the night for our Prospects. Erik Sabrowski went 2-for-2 at the dish with singles in the 1st and 3rd inning collecting a total of 3 RBI.
Next Game: Wednesday June 14th vs Fort McMurray 7:00PM Minor Baseball Day (All kids in minor baseball receive FREE admission)
Don’t Forget: Thursday June 15th vs Lethbridge Bulls 7:00PM Thirsty Thursday (Save $1 on beverages)