By John Short
The shocking late-season scheduling adjustments faced by the Edmonton Prospects grew even more complicated Friday night at RE/MAX Field. A pair of doubleheaders already were on the slate for this weekend but heavy rain interrupted a meeting between the Prospects and the Yorkton Cardinals in the second inning with the score tied 1-1.
As a result, the Prospects are scheduled for three games today, – yes, three games – starting at noon, with two more due on Sunday and one on Monday, the last official day of the 2019 season.
Next comes an almost-unbelievable step: the Brooks Bombers will take the field at 7pm in a separate gate – for another nine-inning game. Brooks and the Prospects will play two games on Sunday as well and one on Monday. Nasty weather has been the key element in these arrangements, including one Edmonton game that was wiped out early in the season due to smoke from forest fires in Northern Alberta.
Prospects managing partner Pat Cassidy confirmed these decisions following the deluge that lasted for more than an hour. All the tarps in place to protect the field were removed as quickly as possible but it was obvious to umpires and members of both the Yorkton and Edmonton organizations that there was no chance to get the field in condition for a game Friday night.
As the Prospects struggled to get the turf into playable shape, the Fort McMurray Giants were beaten 6-4 by the Medicine Hat Mavericks.
As a result, Edmonton and Fort McMurray are in a flat-footed tie for the fourth and last playoff spot in the WCBL’s Western Division. The Prospects have an edge in remaining games, but head coach Jordan Blundell has had to use several hurlers in vital recent situations and may find severe difficulty in finding starters for the remaining games on the Prospects schedule.