Extra Innings Win Extends Win Streak To 6

By Len Nunes

The WMBL regular season is 75% done. The league website recently wrote a column on how the Medicine Hat Mavericks, already at 30 wins, stand a chance to break the record for most wins in a season (39). The fly in their ointment is the Edmonton Prospects! On Wednesday night, for the 3rd time this season, the Prospects defeated the Mavericks. Keep in mind; the Mavericks have only 7 losses all season! The win is the Prospects 4th straight at the friendly confines of RE/MAX Field and 6th straight overall pushing their record over the .500 mark for the first time since June 12th.

A Prospects offence that had scored 36 runs in their previous two games jumped out to a 3-0 lead. A sacrifice fly by Nick Spillman scored Tony Olson in the first inning opened the scoring. In the third inning, AJ Nitzschke and Olson got the ball rolling with back-to-back walks. Zane Takhar plated Nitzschke and Eric Crain plated Olson.

Making his fourth start of the season, Edgar Barclay and his 1.24 ERA was tasked with trying to slow down the highest run scoring offence in the league. Barclay kept them off the scoreboard until the 4th inning. With the lead-off runner aboard Nolan Rattai doubled to break the shutout.

Anthony Cusati quickly got that run back in the bottom of the 4th inning with a first pitch home run making it a 4-1 Prospects lead.

Barclay's night would end with only one away in the 5th inning. A Colton Wright double cashed in Carson Johnson who was hit by a pitch. Rattai's 2nd double of the night brought the Mavericks to within one. Barclay's final line was 4 1/3 innings played allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. While the night's performance will not rank as one of his best, his new ERA of 1.96 in a total of 21 1/3 innings played this season is still very impressive.

The Prospects made it 5-3 in the bottom of the 5th when Beaux Guilbeau hit his first triple of the season scoring Eric Crain.

Brenden Wiun, who took over for Barclay on the mound, gave up a lead-off homerun to Jordan Dray to start the 6th inning. Wiun allowed two more baserunners in the inning but stranded both.

Once again the Prospects responded in the bottom half of the inning! On base via a walk, Olson came around to score to make it 6-4 Prospects.

Jordan Smith came in to pitch for the Prospects and retired the Mavericks in order in the top of the 7th inning. Back-to-back hits to start the 8th brought the Mavericks within 1. With 2-out the Mavericks then tied the game at 6.

Josh Sieglitz came on to pitch for the Prospects in the 9th inning. It was Sieglitz's 8th appearance of the season and 4th time facing the Mavericks. 6-up, 6-down with 3 strikeouts sums up a strong performance by Sieglitz as the game went into extra innings.

With 2-out in the bottom of the 10th, Olson reached base with a single. With Takhar at the plate, Olson moved to second on a wild pitch. Two pitches later the Mavericks catcher struggled to scoop the ball out of the dirt and Olson charged to third. The throw got past the third baseman and Olson raced home for the game winning run! 7-6 was your final score as the remaining 1,284 fans went home happy!

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Tony Olson wins the Player of the Game award going 2-for-4 at the plate with two walks. Olson's aggressiveness on the bases can be directly linked to 3 of the 6 Mavericks errors on the evening.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer - 7:05 PM First Pitch

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle! 7:05 PM First Pitch

The legendary John Short will be hosting a pre-game "Sportstalk" with Kittle and fellow Edmonton Trappers Icons GM Mel Kowalchuk and play-by-play voice Al Coates at 5PM in the lounge.

*Outside Food Policy - The Edmonton Prospects have a no outside food policy at RE/MAX Field. Security will check specifically for nuts and sunflower seeds due to allergies. Any outside food will be asked to either be consumed prior to entry to the ballpark or returned to your car. You may bring a water bottle to the game but it must be empty as you can refill for free inside at one of two water fountains. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Prospects Win Streak Hits Five With Impressive Win

By Len Nunes

The Prospects improved their record at RE/MAX Field to 13-4 after jumping out to a 20-0 lead against the 2nd place in the Eastern Division Regina Red Sox. The win brings the Prospects record back to .500 and increases their win streak to 5 games. For the second consecutive game each Prospects starting position player collected at least one hit.

Prospects starting pitcher Connor Burns has now pitched 14 straight scoreless innings. Burns pitched 5 innings of 1-hit baseball striking out 7 batters along the way Tuesday night. It was almost a carbon copy of his prior start in which he pitched 5 innings of 2-hit ball. The Melville Millionaires are the last team to score against Burns when they scored 3 runs in the 3rd inning.

The Prospects offence started in the bottom of the 2nd with a Beaux Guilbeau lead-off walk followed by a Daylen Calicdan single. Tony Olson brought them both home with a 2-out single to right field.

Nick Spillman and Eric Crain started the bottom of the 3rd with back-to-back singles. Guilbeau knocked in Spillman making it 3-0 for the Prospects. With the bases loaded Michael Gahan dropped a single to center field for a RBI. With the bases still loaded AJ Nitzschke earned a painful RBI getting plunked by a pitch making it 5-0.

With Crain and Guilbeau aboard in the bottom of the 4th, Calicdan hit his first triple of the season cashing in both runners. Anthony Cusati hit his team leading 9th double of the season bringing home Calicdan. With the bases loaded, Olson batted into a productive out to score the lead runner. Zane Takar would make it 10-0 with a single to right field plating Gahan.

The Prospects loaded the bases in the bottom of the 5th and were able to score three times without even getting a hit. Guilbeau with his 2nd lead-off walk of the night was followed by Calicdan getting drilled by a pitch. For precautionary reason Calicdan left the game being replaced by Percy Liu. Cusati drew his 2nd walk of the night. With Olson at the plate, a balk scored the lead runner then a wild pitch scored the second runner. To finish clearing the bases Olson reached base on a fielding error. 13-0 nothing Prospects!

Singles by Spillman, Crain and Guilbeau loaded the bases to start the bottom of the 6th. Liu was hit by a pitch giving him a bruise and a RBI. With Jake MacDonald, subbing in for Cusati, at the dish another Red Sox wild pitch brought in run number 15 of the evening for the Prospects. Gahan reached on a defensive error which allowed another Prospects run to score then Nitzschke hit his 2nd double of the season scoring two more runs. A Takhar groundout scored Nitzschke making it 19-0. Spillman came up to bat for the 2nd time in the inning and singled again driving in the 20th and final Prospects run of the night. Finishing 3-for-4 at the plate, Spillman improved his batting average to a league best .392!

One of the difficult aspects of the game of baseball is that there is no "coast to the end" option. In football you can kill clock by simply running the ball into the line. In basketball you can dribble out the shot clock. In hockey you can choose whether to shoot or just keep passing the puck around. Well, in baseball you have to keep throwing the ball over the plate and you have to keep playing defense.

Dylan Emmons and Scott Gillespie each pitched two innings in the difficult situation of protecting an insurmountable lead. Athletes are trained to perform under pressure, so coming into such a big lead and such little pressure must be hard. Emmons and Gillespie would each be touched for three runs against but the Prospects easily held on to win 20-6.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

A tip of the cap to the entire batting order of the Edmonton Prospects but the Player of the Game nomination goes to starting pitcher Connor Burns. Regina as a team is in the top half of all major batting categories and they only managed a single versus Burns.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday July 18 vs Medicine Hat - Faith and Family Day in support of The Mustard Seed - 7PM

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer - 7:05 PM First Pitch

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle! 7:05 PM First Pitch The legendary John Short will be hosting a pre-game "Sportstalk" with Kittle and fellow Edmonton Trappers Icons GM Mel Kowalchuk and play-by-play voice Al Coates at 5PM in the lounge.

Sweet 16! Prospects Offence Explodes In Big Win

By Len Nunes

The Edmonton Prospects scored at least a run in 7 of 8 innings en route to a 16-2 win over the Brooks Bombers. Every Prospects starting position player collected at least one hit. The win is the Prospects 4th in a row improving their record to 17-18.

Before we go into the plethora of runs scored, let's start by giving the Prospects pitchers their fair due. Taran Oulton drew his 7th start of the year Sunday. Arguably one of the top pitcher's in the WMBL through the first few weeks of the season, the calendar month of July had not been kind to Oulton until he seemingly figured things out versus Brooks. The Bombers did not collect their first hit of the game until the third inning. Two of five Prospects errors on the evening then greased the wheels for Brooks scoring their only two runs. The defence did twice come up with double-plays behind Oulton as the pitcher finished the night with 6 innings played allowing only 4 hits and striking out 5.

The Prospects bullpen pitched three shutout innings to seal the deal. Jordan Smith, Drew Scott, and Josh Sieglitz each threw one inning of no-hit ball. Now for the offence!

Tony Olson led the ballgame off with a single and was brought home on a Nick Spillman single to open the scoring.

Anthony Cusati and Michael Gahan led the bottom of the 2nd inning off with back-to-back singles. Aidan Huggins was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tony Olson collected a RBI via a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. The Prospects 3rd run scored on a wild pitch by the Bombers starting pitcher.

With 1-out in the bottom of the 3rd inning Eric Crain hit a single. With 2-out, Gahan drove in Crain with a single to left field making it 4-2 Prospects.

In the bottom of the 4th inning Olson reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score on a Percy Liu groundball out. With the bases empty Spillman hit a double and scored when the Bombers defence committed one of their 5 errors on the afternoon.

With the score 6-2 going into the bottom of the 6th inning the Prospects put up four more runs. With Spillman aboard with a walk, Beaux Guilbeau hit his second home run in three days. Cusati followed that up with a single and was brought home by a Gahan double. Huggins hit a single to center field to score Gahan expanding the lead to 10-2.

The lead grew to 12-2 in the 7th inning when Nick Spillman hit his 2nd double of the game scoring Liu. Spillman would later score on a Crain sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the 8th inning Gahan completed his perfect 5-for-5 night at the plate with a lead-off single. Nitzschke and Huggins each hit singles loading the bases along with Gahan. Olson drew a walk for his 2nd RBI of the night making it 13-2. Liu reached base on a fielder's choice that pushed the score to 14-2. Crain hit a 2-RBI single to end the offensive barrage and bring us to our final score of 16 -2!

PLAYER OF THE GAME

On an afternoon where everyone chipped in, this decision is tough. The nod will go to Michael Gahan and his perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with four singles, a double and 2 RBI.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Toonie Tuesday July 17 vs Regina 7PM

Wednesday July 18 vs Medicine Hat - Faith and Family Day in support of The Mustard Seed - 7PM

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer - 7:05 PM First Pitch

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle! 7:05 PM First Pitc

Rich Walker Has A Complete Game Shutout, Prospects Win

By Len Nunes

Just past the 2-week anniversary of his perfect game, Rich Walker pitched a complete game 2-hit shutout for the Edmonton Prospects. The game was played in only two hours and ten minutes as Collin Thomas of the Brooks Bombers also pitched a complete game. The only offence on Canadian Armed Forces Night at RE/MAX Field was 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th. The 2-0 win puts the Prospects on a 3-game winning streak.

The game did not have a smooth start for Walker and the Prospects defence. A lead-off single followed by three errors loaded the bases and gave the Bombers a loaded-bases, no-outs situation. Walker struck out Bryce O'Farrell then watched his defence turn a double-play to escape the jam. This was Brooks' first game without Riley MacDonald. The new home run king of the WMBL and now former Brooks Bomber signed a professional contract with the Quebec Capitals. A tip of the cap to MacDonald for going pro!

At one point Walker retired 11 consecutive Bombers. The streak was broken up by a lead-off walk in the 6th. The Prospects second double-play of the evening kept Walker cruising along. Walker did not allow another hit until 1-out in the 8th inning. The Prospects Instagram account posted the 27th out of the evening as 2,123 fans congratulated Walker on a job well done!

All the offence the Prospects needed came in the fifth inning. Beaux Guilbeau led the inning off with a single but was swapped out on base with Anthony Cusati after a fielder's choice. AJ Nitzschke hit a single to left field to give the Prospects runners on the corners. The Bombers intentionally walked Tony Olson who had already collected a double and a single on the evening loading the bases for Zane Takhar. Down in the count 1-2, Takhar smacked a ball to center field making the score 2-0.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Rich Walker deservedly earns the “Player of the Game” nod with a complete game shutout. In his 6th start of the season, his 6 strikeouts is his second highest game total of the season.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Sunday July 15 vs Brooks - RE/MAX Family Day - In support of the Children's Wish Foundation, kids run the bases post-game. Pick up a free Prospects Magazine on the concourse for player autographs or purchase a bouncing baseball in the Prospects General Store on the Main Concourse!  2:05 PM first pitch!

Toonie Tuesday July 17 vs Regina 7PM

Wednesday July 18 vs Medicine Hat - Faith and Family Day in support of The Mustard Seed - 7PM

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer - 7:05 PM First Pitch

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle! 7;05 PM First Pitch

Make Sure To Keep Your Tickets From Rainout!

Friday the 13th reared its ugly head by cancelling Friday night’s Edmonton Prospects versus Yorkton Cardinals baseball game. First pitch was delayed 30 minutes prepping the field for play but the rain never let up.  The game made it through 4 innings of play before the rain delay that eventually cancelled the game commenced.

Since the game never reached “official status” (5 innings), all fans in attendance are likely asking “so what about my ticket”?

Your ticket (whether it is on Igniter stock, printer paper or a QR code on your phone) is valid to attend any other Edmonton Prospects regular season. Simply bring your ticket to the box office the night/afternoon of the game and they will exchange them for a ticket to the new event.

PLAYER OF THE GAME:

To the hundreds of Prospects fans who braved the elements and went to RE/MAX Field in hopes of watching some baseball, this honour goes to all of you. May the force be with you!

NEXT GAME:

Saturday July 14 – CANADIAN ARMED FORCES NIGHT - Military personnel will be participating in a home run derby, the Royal Canadian Artillery Band will be performing the National Anthem and Colonel Scott McKenzie, Commander 3rd Canadian Division Support Group, will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Proceeds from a 50 /50 draw will be donated to the Edmonton Military Family Resource Centre. 7:05 PM first pitch vs Brooks!

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Sunday July 15 RE/MAX Family Day! In support of the Children's Wish Foundation, kids run the bases post-game. Pick up a free Prospects Magazine on the concourse for player autographs or buy a ball in the Merchandise Store on the Main Concourse! 2:05 PM first pitch vs Brooks!

Toonie Tuesday July 17 vs Regina

Wednesday July 18 vs Medicine Hat - Faith and Family Day in support of The Mustard Seed

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle!

*Outside Food Policy - The Edmonton Prospects have a no outside food policy at RE/MAX Field. Security will check specifically for nuts and sunflower seeds due to allergies. Any outside food will be asked to either be consumed prior to entry to the ballpark or returned to your car. You may bring a water bottle to the game but it must be empty as you can refill for free inside at one of two water fountains. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.