Prospects Return Home 3-1

After winning the season/home opener on June 2, our Prospects ventured onto the road for three games. After dropping to Okotoks last Sunday, Wednesday night marked the end of the successful 2-game road trip up North as the Prospects defeated the Fort McMurray Giants 6-2.

Prospects starting pitcher Erik Sabrowski struck out two batters in each of the first five innings and finished with 13 K’s. Spoiling the shutout was Ryan Villarreal in the bottom of the 4th with a RBI single. The final line on a WMBL Pitcher Of The Week nomination worthy performance – 7 IP 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 13 strikeouts.

Matt Quartel led off the top of the 4th inning with a bunt single. A balk by Giants starter Alex Nolan moved Quartel to second and Giants Coach Pat Riley to the showers as he was ejected for arguing the call. One passed ball later and Travis Ouellet would collect a RBI with a groundout putting the Prospects up 1-0.

Dean Olson led off the 5th inning with a single and would steal 2nd base. Jake Lanferman would hit a RBI double off of the outfield wall to give the Prospects a 2-1 lead. Michael Gahan would cash in Lanferman with a single growing the lead to 3-1.

Lanferman led off the 7th inning by getting on base the hard way via the hit-by-pitch.  With Gahan on base, Coach Brown would call for a double steal. Lanferman awkwardly slid into third base but when Quartel grounded a ball into a drawn-in infield, Lanferman’s slide to avoid the tag at home was magnificent. 4-1 lead at this point for the Prospects.

Aidan Huggins led off the 8th inning with a 4-pitch walk. Huggins would steal 2nd and then come around to score on a Giants error trying to throw out Derek Shedden at first base. The final score of yesterday’s game was now the score of this game going into the bottom of the 8th.

Scott Gillespie would come in to pitch the bottom of the 8th for the Prospects and would leave with the bases loaded and two out. Jye Deeble would come into the high stress situation, run the count full and induced a pop out to protect the 4-run lead.

The lead would be extended to 6-1 in the top of the 9th inning when the Giants Keegan Marsden lost a Huggins pop fly in the lights scoring Gahan.

Play Of The Game – In the bottom of the 5th inning, Prospects center fielder Dean Olson went “full Superman”, or if you are a Toronto Blue Jays fan “full Kevin Pillar”, catching a Travis Turner fly ball.

Player Of The Game - Despite multiple hit games by Michael Gahan (2), Aidan Huggins (3) and Derek Shedden (2) the no-brainer choice here is Erik Sabrowski. A quality start by Sabrowski with an impressive 13 strikeouts.

Next Game – Thirsty Thursday June 8th versus the Okotoks Dawgs. 7:05 first pitch at RE/MAX Field