First Homer At RE/MAX Field Launches Prospects Into 1st Place

By Len Nunes

Like we all have all seen the Baseball Gods do so many times, a rain-filled day in Edmonton turned into a wonderful night for baseball. First pitch was bumped to 7:20 but by the time the last pitch of the night was thrown, the first ever homer was hit at RE/MAX Field and your Prospects would move into first place in the West. A come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Fort McMurray Giants puts the Prospects record at 8-2.

Prospects' starter Andrew Grieder would load the bases in the opening frame issuing a hit-by-pitch and two walks but would escape the inning with two strikeouts for the final two outs. Grieder would allow the leadoff batter on base each inning except for his fifth and final frame thanks to a great play by second baseman Tony Olson to rob Tyler Friis of a sure-fire hit. For a young man that played with fire most of the evening, Grieder’s final line was a respectable 5IP 3H 2R 4BB 4k. 

While a defensive error contributed to the first Giants run of the game in the 3rd inning, the Prospects' defence was on point Wednesday night. Catcher Andrew Cusati would throw out Joey Nicastro trying to steal 2nd to end the second inning but the true spotlight belongs to left fielder Derek Shedden. In the top of the 4th inning with 1 out, Shedden charged in to catch a fly ball dipping toward the ground inches before it hits the ground. Next play Shedden again gets on his horse to chase a ball fading away from him.

The offensive highlight of the early innings was in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Dean Olson extended his personal hitting streak to 8 games with a 1-out single.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the 5th, Shedden and Dean Olson drew 1-out walks. Jake Lanferman put the Prospects on the board with a RBI single. In what was described as a “comedy of errors” by guest announcer Tyler Yaremchuk, a ball hit off of the bat of Michael Gahan directly at the Giant’s third baseman scored Olson and Lanferman making it 3-2 for the home team.

The bullpen for your Prospects was nothing short of brilliant over the course of the final four innings. Zaine Foth-Thomas took over on the Prospects mound in the top of the 6th inning and pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a leadoff single in the 7th being the only blemish during his quality two innings of work.  Taran Oulton pitched the 8th inning for your Prospects allowing only a single and striking out Richard Ortiz. Fireballer Andrew Mirasty would earn the save in the 9th in the most impressive of ways, he struck out the side!

With the score still 3-2 in the bottom of the 8th inning, Erik Sabrowski would lead off the inning for your Prospects with a bang - a first pitch home run!! The first ever at RE/MAX Field and the second of the Prospects season following Caeden Harris’ homer last Sunday in Medicine Hat. The offence was not quite done yet as Tony Olson, who extended his personal hitting streak to the 5-game plateau, singled home Nick Spillman to bring us to our final score of 5-2.

Play Of The Game: There were many worthy defensive candidates for this honour but one must go with the Erik Sabrowski HR because everybody digs the long ball!

Player Of The Game: The Edmonton Prospects Bullpen. Zaine Foth-Thomas, Taran Oulton, and Andrew Mirasty would combine for the following impressive pitching line – 4IP 2H 0R 0BB 4K.

Next game: A battle to stay in first place versus the Lethbridge Bulls Thursday night at RE/MAX Field, first pitch 7:05. Thursday’s are always Thirsty Thursday’s, save $1 on your beverages!