Edmonton Prospects giving local players a chance

 
 
 
Teams in the WMBL are allowed up to 20 imports on the roster but the Edmonton Prospects have just one.
Teams in the WMBL are allowed up to 20 imports on the roster but the Edmonton Prospects have just one.

The Edmonton Prospects baseball club is doing things a little differently than the rest of the teams in the Western Major Baseball League.

The league allows teams up to 20 import players on the roster. Most teams in the WMBL have between 14 and 20 imports, the majority come up here from the United States.

The Prospects, though, have just a single import player from Australia; the rest of the team is made up of Canadians. That includes 17 from Edmonton and area on the 25-man roster.

 “When I started coaching in 1977 in Edmonton, I decided that because I live here I’ll develop the kids that are here,” said head coach Ray Brown, who moved to Edmonton from the U.S. to play baseball.  “I want to give them the opportunity to become better, see what they can do and give them a chance to go on.”

“That’s what this league should be about, developing local teams and local players,” Sherwood Park’s Dean Olson said. “Getting these Canadian kids out and proving that we can beat any team out there, all those American guys.”

The Prospects currently hold the fourth and final playoff position in the WMBL’s Western Division. Last season, the Prospects sat in the same position and ended up going all the way to the league final.

Exciting news!  In anticipation of our Blue Jays Day on July 22, we are pre-releasing just 10 jerseys tonight!  These are brand new and hot off the presses!  There will be 2 smalls, 2 mediums, 3 Large and 3 Extra Large jerseys on sale tonight in our Merchandise Booth, located on the concourse level.  Just go up the stairs, take a left and keep walking until you see us on your right-hand side.

 

 

Thursday, July 13

Movember and MOVE initiatives will be at the ballpark tonight to help raise money for men's health.  

Donations are being accepted at MOVEMBER-EDMONTON PROSPECTS for this important cause.

Help us help them change the face of men's health.

TV GIVEAWAYS!

Fans!  Make sure you fill out a ballot form at the front desk as you enter RE/MAX Field.  Look for the sign and the ballot box!

Our sponsors, Intact Insurance and Sheppard Insurance Service and Risk Management Inc. have donated a 49" 4K Television to be given away to a lucky winner every home game in July!  

3 fans will be chosen out of the ballot box by the 3rd inning of each game this month and they will face off in a fun game on the field.  The winner of this game gets to take home a beautiful television!  

 

Prospects Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday With Win

By Len Nunes

A 3-run first inning gave our Prospects a quick lead to the start the game. A 3-run eighth inning put our Prospects back in the lead for good making sure the sold-out RE/MAX Field faithful were in a great mood for the post-game performance by The Whiskey Boys and the Canada Day fireworks. 6-5 was the final score Saturday night extending the Prospects win streak to 4 games.

Dean Olson would start the Prospects offence with a leadoff single extending his personal hit streak to 9 games. Jake Lanferman collected his team leading 22nd RBI knocking home Olson to open the scoring. Matt Quartel and Ryan Koop also collected RBI singles giving our Prospects a 3-0 lead after the opening frame.

Prospects starting pitcher Erik Sabrowski cruised through four of his five innings. The only blemish on his evening was a 3-run Moose Jaw 4th inning.

Jye Deeble entered the game in the 6th inning and saw the Miller Express score a run to take the lead 4-3. Deeble cruised through the 7th and 8th inning on the mound.

With the score still 4-3 for the road team; the Prospects offence took back the lead and then some! With 2-out and 2-on, Anthony Cusati would triple making the score 5-4 in favour of your Prospects. Tony Olson would knock Cusati home for an extra insurance run making it 6-4.

Closer Andrew Mirasty would come out to pitch the top of the 9th for the fourth consecutive game. It was Mirasty’s tenth appearance overall of the season and first one in which he allowed a run. After the run scored to make it 6-5, he locked down the final two outs to earn his 6th save of the season.

Player Of The Game: Matt Quartel went 2-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and a walk.

Play Of The Game: Anthony Cusati’s 2-RBI triple in the bottom of the 8th inning to not only tie the game but also give the Prospects the lead.

Next Game:  Shine FM Faith and Family Day, Sunday July 2 at 2:05PM!