Prospects Win Third Straight

By Len Nunes

If you love a game with plenty of offence, then Friday night’s 10-8 win over the Weyburn Beavers was your slice of baseball heaven. Every Prospects batter collected at least one hit with eight (8!) of them getting at least a second hit. Zane Takhar, who ended a triple short of a cycle, and Ryan Koop collected 3 hits apiece!

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first, the first two batters of the game quickly extended their personal hitting streaks to 8 games. Dean Olson led off with a single and Zane Takhar hit his first homer of the season staking our Prospects to 2-1 lead. Tony Olson would collect a RBI with a single and Ryan Koop would collect a RBI with a double to give our Prospects a 4-1 lead after one inning.

Prospects starting pitcher Scott Gillespie settled down nicely after allowing a run in the opening frame until the 4th inning when the Beavers were able to tie the game. The Prospects offense was there in the bottom of the 4th to pick up their pitcher. Takhar collected his 3rd RBI of the game with a 2-out double breaking the tie. Jake Lanferman hit his team leading 3rd triple of the season to bring home Takhar to give the Prospects a 6-4 lead.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, Koop would earn his second and third RBI of the game with a double extending the lead to 8-4. Dean Olson would bring him home with a RBI single further extending the lead to 9-4.

Speaking of further extending the lead, in the bottom of the 6th inning Nick Spillman knocked home Erik Sabrowski to make it 10-4 Prospects.

Scott Kramers came in to pitch for the Prospects in the top of the 5th with 2-on and 0-out. Kramers retired the Beavers in order to escape the jam. Kramers would have another 3-up-3-down inning in the top of the 6th before running into trouble in the top of the 7th. When the dust settled after the 7th inning, Brett Higgins was now your pitcher and the lead had shrunk to 10-8.

Michael Gahan would pitch a scoreless 8th inning and Andrew Mirasty would continue his streak of scoreless 9th innings to send the RE/MAX Field faithful home happy.

Player Of The Game: A triple short of the cycle, Zane Takhar earns this nomination

Play Of The Game: Zane Takhar’s first inning homer set the tone for a wild and fun evening of baseball.

Next Game: The Traditional Canada Day Fireworks Game! Gates open at 5PM, first pitch at 7:05PM. Captain Canada Ryan Smyth will be signing autographs, RCMP Honour Guard, Whisky Boys performance and so much more. The Prospects game is so much more than just waiting for the fireworks!

 

4-Run Sixth Inning Propels Prospects To Win

By Len Nunes

Prior to the game, the Prospects announced that pitcher Noah Gapp signed with the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League. Thanks for the many years of service Noah and best of luck moving forward.

Mother Nature delayed the start of Wednesday night’s game to 7:30PM and forced another delay after the second inning. Neither Mother Nature nor trailing the Fort McMurray Giants into the sixth inning would stop our Prospects from collecting a 6-3 victory.

Lefty Finnigan Duffield was your starting pitcher for our Prospects. After striking out the first batter of the game, the Giants were able to score a run in the first inning against him. Duffield struck of 2 of 3 batters in a 3-up-3-down second inning but momentarily lost the plate in the 3rd inning walking the bases loaded. No damage was done though as he induced an Evan Willow grounder to third baseman Michael Gahan to end the threat. The Giants would score single runs in the 4th and 5th innings with the Prospects needing Scott Gillespie to come in to get the final out of the 5th inning.

Gillespie was great Wednesday night. He played 2 1/3 innings facing the minimum 7 batters as his one hit against was quickly erased by a 6-4-3 double-play!

Our Prospects offence started with Zane Takhar extending his personal hitting to six games in the bottom of the first. Gahan would collect the RBI to tie the ballgame at 1.

With the score 3-1 for the Giants entering the bottom of the 5th inning, the Olson boys began the comeback for our Prospects. Tony lead off the inning and then Dean, who extended his personal hitting streak to 6 games, also singled. Gahan would collect his second RBI of the night, this time via the sacrifice fly to bring the score to 3-2.

The comeback was completed in the bottom of the 6th inning as 4 runs would cross the plate. It all started with a 1-out double by Jake Lanferman that got brought home by a Matt Quartel single. With Quartel on third base a balk by Giants starter Samuel Hersh would bring him home to give the Prospects their first lead of the game. Takhar would bring home two insurance runs with a 2-out single that brought us to our 6-3 final score.

Keeping that 3-run safe was Prospects closer Andrew Mirasty.  Mirasty pitched the final two frames collecting 4 strikeouts along the way.

Player Of The Game: The bullpen duo of Scott Gillespie and Andrew Mirasty take this honour. A combined 4 1/3 innings pitched allowing only three baserunners while striking out five. A 2-out 2-on strikeout of Travis Turner in the bottom of the 5th inning by Gillespie ostensibly started the comeback for our boys.

Second Inning Foibles Strike Again For Our Prospects

By Len Nunes

As much as one would like to use the lip-synced words of Milli Vanilli and blame Tuesday night’s loss on the rain, the truth of the matter is the loss came down to one tough inning and it’s the inning that has been the team’s Achilles heel all season. Fort McMurray walked away 10-5 winners last night in large part to a 6-run second inning that as valiantly as our boys tried to claw back, it was just too great of a deficit to overcome.

The Giants opened up the scoring in the top of the 1st but our Prospects quickly got the run back in the bottom of the inning.  With the bases loaded and 1-out, Nick Spillman hit his team leading third sacrifice fly of the season to tie the ballgame at one.

Prospects starter Jordan Parranto lost the plate in the top of the second leaving with the bases loaded after walking the first two batters and hitting a batter. Brett Higgins, who pitched very good 3rd and 4th innings, would not stop the bleeding until six Giants runs would cross the plate.

Our Prospects did get two runs back in the bottom of the second courtesy of a 2-RBI single by Zane Takhar to bring the score within four at 7-3. The hit extended Takhar’s personal hit streak to 5 games.

A leadoff single by Mackenzie Parlow in the bottom of the 4th would become run number four of the game for the Prospects when Derek Shedden would knock him with a productive out.

A leadoff single would once again get cashed in the bottom of the 5th inning as Aidan Huggins would cross the plate bringing the score to within two, 7-5.

Scott Kramers came into the game in the top of the 5th inning to pitch for the home team and retired his first five batters faced. He would leave in the 7th inning after allowing a leadoff single to Richard Ortiz and with 1-out see a Travis Turner blooper to right field fall just millimeters from being foul.

Jye Deeble would take over on the mound and after walking his first batter would induce a flyout to right fielder Jake Lanferman. Lanferman would throw home to Mackenzie Parlow to try to catch the Giants Ortiz trying to score from third base and had the throw there in plenty of time but Ortiz needlessly threw a hockey style body check bowling over Parlow. After the dust had settled from a bench clearing brawl, under his own power Parlow was placed into an ambulance and taken to hospital for precautionary reasons to get completely checked out.

The Giants added three runs in the top of the 8th to bring us to our final score of 10-5.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Dean Olson would hit a 2-out single to extend his personal hitting streak to 5 games.

Player Of The Game: Mackenzie Parlow finished the night 3-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and a stolen base.

Play Of The Game: The 2-RBI single by Zane Takhar in the bottom of the second to show the Prospects fans and the Giants that the team was not going to go quietly into the night after a rough top of the second.

Next Game: 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.

UPCOMING GAMES: (7 PM start unless otherwise noted)

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!

 

Medicine Hat Avenges Blowout Loss

By Len Nunes

One of the many quirks of the game of baseball is the classic pattern of one day a team experiences a blowout win only to lose the rematch the very next day. After winning by 13 runs on Saturday, our Prospects lost 5-2 during Sunday’s matinee rematch versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks.

Prospects starting pitcher Andrew Grieder was making his second start of the season against the Mavericks.  Sometimes a team just seems to have a pitcher’s number and the Mavs seem to have something on Grieder scoring 3 runs in just over two innings of play.

Jye Deeble would come in to pitch in the 3rd inning with 2-on and 1-out. He would get Chris Rodriguez to fly out to centerfielder Dean Olson who would then gun down Colton Wright trying to advance to 3rd. Deeble stayed in to pitch the 4th inning and would face the minimum three batters…sort off .With 2-out Blake Rowlett reached on a single but was picked off on a snap throw behind him at first base by Prospects catcher Andrew Cusati.

Scott Gillespie had pitched 10 innings sporting a perfect 0.00 ERA. Entering Sunday’s game in the 5th inning, Gillespie allowed his first two runs against which made the score 5-0 Mavericks. Gillespie would pitch three more innings on the afternoon allowing only one hit against him.

The Prospects offense would hit the scoreboard in the bottom of the 5th via a RBI groundout by Jake Lanferman. A momentary complete loss of control by the Mavericks pitcher then loaded up the bases with two hit batters and a walk but our Prospects could not capitalize.

Nick Spillman led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a triple for our Prospects and was cashed in immediately by Zane Takhar closing the scoreboard gap to 3. Unfortunately, 5-2 would be the final score of the Mavericks.

Player Of The Game:  Andrew Mirasty came in to pitch the 9th inning for the Prospects and maintained his 0.00 ERA.

Play Of The Game:  We had not one but two triples hit in this game and they will share this honour. Aidan Huggins would hit a 2-out triple in the 2nd inning and Nick Spillman would hit a leadoff triple in the 8th inning.

Next Game: 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. 7:05PM first pitch!

UPCOMING GAMES (all games at RE/MAX Field, first pitch 7:05PM)

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!

 

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!