Prospects Win Streak Now At 5
By Len Nunes
After narrowly escaping the series opener in Medicine Hat on Friday with a win, our Edmonton Prospects made sure Saturday’s game was much less dramatic. A 3-run first inning paved the way for our boys to extend the early season win streak to 5 games and improve the season record to 7-1. In the 8-2 victory over the Mavericks, Michael Gahan’s hit streak reached six games while Dean Olson and Aidan Huggins personal hit streaks reached the 5-game plateau.
The Prospects loaded the bases in the top of the first inning via a Mavericks error by their shortstop, Jake Lanferman’s league leading 6th hit-by-pitch, and a Michael Gahan single. All three would come around to score.
Taran Oulton was your starting pitcher for the Prospects and was looking to put behind him a tough season debut on June 4th. Mission accomplished! Allowing a 2-out home run in the bottom of the 1st did nothing to sway the confidence of Oulton. He pitched a clean 1-2-3 2nd inning and with the bases loaded 2-out in the bottom of the 3rd, struck out Tanner Helms to end the threat. The Mavericks were able to put up one more run against Oulton in the bottom of the 4th but that would be all they could push across the plate. The final line on Oulton – 6IP, 9H, 2R, 1BB, 3K.
Scott Gillespie relieved Oulton and simply put was magnificent. Gillespie retired the first four batters he faced and finished the game allowing only 3 hits in his 3 innings of work.
With the score 3-1 in the top of the 2nd, Huggins would hit a leadoff single and come around to score with Zane Takhar at the plate when a pitch went to the backstop.
Lanferman would collect his team leading 9th RBI in the top of the 4th with a sacrifice fly bringing home Derek Shedden. This made the score 5-1 for the Prospects.
With the score 5-2 for our Prospects in the top of the 6th, Dean Olson would hit a RBI single to restore the 4-run lead.
Insurance runs were scored in the top of the 8th and 9th inning to ensure the Mavericks did not return the favour from Friday night when the Prospects scored six runs in the final two frames. Shedden would score in the 8th on a fielder’s choice and Takhar would hit a RBI single in the bottom of the 9th to bring us to our 8-2 final score.
Play Of The Game: With the bases loaded in the top of the first inning for our Prospects, Marion McLean would step up to the plate. Yes he did strike out but the ball went through the 5-hole of the Mavericks catcher and the ever-aware base running of the Prospects (we lead the league in stolen bases)Dean Olson was able to race home and score to open the scoring.
Player Of The Game: With the score 6-2 for our Prospects, Scott Gillespie would come in relieve starter Taran Oulton. Gillespie would pitch 3 shutout innings.
Next Game: Sunday matinee in Medicine Hat to finish of the three game series. 2:05PM first pitch.
Next home game: “Strike Out Hunger” with the Edmonton Food Bank Tuesday June 13th. Tuesday’s are always “Toonie Tuesday” when you can buy one ticket and get a second one for only a toonie. The opponents, the Fort McMurray Giants. First pitch 7:05PM