By John Short
For the second night in a row, the Moose Jaw Miller Express held off the Edmonton Prospects for a narrow and intense victory in an error-filled, 10-inning Western Canadian Baseball League game at RE/MAX Field.
On the way to Moose Jaw’s 6-5 victory, Darrell Doll and Geordie McDougall each scored in the 10th after opening with singles off David Wylie. A wild pitch allowed Doll to score and Wylie’s error then made it possible for McDougall to score what would prove to be the winning run.
Clay Loranger replied for the Prospects in their half of the final inning after an infield grounder that could have gone as a hit but instead became the 10th error of the night. Surprisingly, only one of Moose Jaw’s total was unearned; Edmonton scored four of its five runs without the aid of an error.
Despite the numbers, a pair of brilliant outfield catches – by left fielder Tucker Zdunich in the ninth and right fielder Michael Borst in the 10th as Edmonton rallied – did much to provide the Miller Express victory. By sad contrast, outstanding outfielder Pierce Blohowiak mishandled a two-out, wind-blown fly by Zdunich as Moose Jaw scored an unearned run against Edmonton starter Taran Oulton.
Oulton and Moose Jaw’s Matt Jackson were outstanding despite adverse conditions until both left in the seventh inning.
Edmonton opened scoring in the first inning on bobbles by McDougall at third base. A triple by Zach Campbell and Zdunich’s single tied the game in the fifth inning and catcher Morky Melendez poled a long sacrifice fly to give his mates the go-ahead run two innings later.
A two-run burst in the ninth, featuring a Melendez double, created desperate circumstances for the Prospects, who battled back Singles by Davis Pratt and hot-hitting Travis Hunt and a double by Brendan Luther sparked Edmonton to a three-run rally, forcing both teams into extra innings but the deadlock lasted only long enough for Doll and McDougall to reach the batters’ box in the 10th.