Air Clears And A Baseball Game Appears!
By John Short

Obviously, a one-day respite due to Edmonton’s unhealthy air conditions did no harm to the Edmonton Prospects.

A good deal of the offensive power and pitching stability was provided by Nevada product Tanner Roundy, who normally plays in the outfield but on this occasion started on the mound and contributed a key first-inning hit on the way to Edmonton’s 14-3 victory over the Brooks Bombers.

Roundy yielded two runs, including a homer, in the top of the first inning but he and his mates struck back with four in their half of the first. A pair of two-run innings followed, erasing all but vestiges of a potential Brooks comeback. Catcher Jake Gehri – one of four Yale Eli players on this young Prospects squad, hammered two home runs to help expand the margin.

This win followed a pair of weekend triumphs over the Lethbridge Bulls and a loss in Okotoks on Friday night leaving Edmonton with a 3-1 record in the novice Western Canadian Baseball League season.

Brooks will seek revenge in a "Bark at the Park" event Sunday afternoon.

Second baseman Clay Loranger, an Edmonton-area prospect who played this season at Cloud College, hobbled after the game with an apparent leg injury. After collecting a pair of hits, he was hit at the plate by a low pitch and had to come out of the game. Questionable control by Bombers pitchers resulted in four hit batsmen in Edmonton uniforms.

For obvious reasons, Edmonton field manager Jordan Blundell continued to express confidence in his young team. “We’re still getting to know the players a bit,” he said, “but the attitude has been extremely good. Everybody has worked hard.

“It’s always too bad when a game like Friday had to be cancelled, but it won’t make any difference in how we play. The season has started for the whole league. We’re fine so far. “

The Prospects did not immediately announce Saturday’s attendance but a late-arriving crowd – largely due to questions about whether the game could be played in the smoky conditions – grew to an estimated 1,800.

Editor's Note:  The game on Thursday (May 30) was postponed due to Air Quality issues and will be played Monday, June 3 at RE/MAX Field.  First Pitch 7:05pm.