Rough 2nd Inning Foils Prospects
By Len Nunes
Saturday night marked the third meeting of the season between the Okotoks Dawgs and our Edmonton Prospects. In the first two meetings between the clubs the home team has won and that trend continued last night in Okotoks as the Dawgs won. With the next two Prospects home games (Monday and Tuesday) being versus the Dawgs it is a trend Edmonton fans hope continues.
Think for a moment about your favourite MLB pitcher. If you Google that pitcher’s name plus the words “bad inning”, examples will come up of uncharacteristic performances by said pitcher. Saturday night Prospects starter Noah Gapp had one of those performances.
Gapp entered last night’s game having pitched back-to-back complete games (the only two in the WMBL thus far) and saw everything go wrong in the second inning. 7 runs on 6 hits plus 3 defensive errors by our Prospects put on the rally caps super early this game. Even with the 3-error inning, our Prospects defense is still the highest rated fielding percentage in the league (.972).
Our Prospects rallied in the 4th inning to load the bases after a leadoff single by Michael Gahan and 2-out walks by Dean Olson and Mackenzie Parlow. A strikeout ended the inning and left those runners all stranded.
In the top of the 6th inning Jake Lanferman took matters into his own hands. Down 8-0 on the scoreboard, Lanferman put our Prospects on the board with home run!
In the top of the 7th, the Prospects would once again load the bases but a fly out would end the rally and leave the score at what would end up being our final 8-1.
Play Of The Game: Jake Lanferman’s 6th inning homer!
Player Of The Game: The Prospects bullpen duo of Scott Gillespie and Zaine Foth-Thomas. Both would pitch two innings and would allow a combined 4 baserunners and 0 zero runs! Do not discredit these young men because they were pitching in a game where their team was trailing by a large deficit, they both pitched legitimately well. Gillespie was making his 4th appearance of the season and maintained his 0.00 ERA while Foth-Thomas made his 5th appearance of 2017 and reduced his ERA to 3.24.
Pride Night Monday June 19 vs Okotoks Dawgs, 7PM at RE/MAX Field
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