Dawgs Avenge Playoff Upset to Prospects
By Len Nunes

How does one put a positive spin on a 11-4 loss in game two of the regular season? Aside from the obvious reminder that it is just one game, let us put some history behind the Friday night loss.

The visiting Okotoks Dawgs finished last season with the best record (35-13) in the league. The theory behind being the top seed heading into the playoffs is that you will at least advance out of the first round. The Edmonton Prospects were the Dawgs first round opponent and lost the first game of a best-of-five series by six runs. If you, like many, closed the books on the Prospects at that point, you were proven wrong. The Prospects would win games two and four by 1-run and a Tony Olson RBI double in the top of the 7th in Game 5 would seal the premature fate for the Dawgs. If there was a time to use the “revenge” storyline to explain away a big loss, ladies and gentleman, we just experienced it.

Prospects starting pitcher Connor Burns was solid. Burns retired his first 11 batters, six (6!) of them via the strikeout. The Dawgs plated a run in the top of the 3rd and put the leadoff runner on board in the 4th but Burns was able to induce a 1-out doubleplay to snuff out further damage. That was when Head Coach Ray Brown shook the young man’s hand and told him to take the rest of the night off. Then things got shaky.

The top of the 5th inning took 27 minutes to play as the Dawgs sent 12 batters to the dish and plated eight runs to lead 9-0 after the top half of the fifth.

The Prospects hit the board in the bottom of the 6th with the always popular RBI groundout. Aidan Huggins would force the Dawgs second baseman closer to the line making his only option the play at first which allowed Mike Ozga to erase that ugly zero off the scoreboard.

Thursday's "Player of The Game" Tony Olson came in to pitch the top of the 7th. Olson allowed two more Dawgs runs ballooning the score to 11-1 for the visitors. In the bottom of the 7th, the Prospects showed some fight!

With AJ Nitzschke and Percy Liu on-board with walks, Daylen Calicdan collected his first RBI of the season with a single to right field. Two batters later, Anthony Cusati would collect his first two RBI of the season with a double to left field. That would make the score 11-4 and that would be our final score.

Not to be lost in the 7-run loss is the debut of Prospects pitcher Rich Walker. Walker pitched the final two innings of the game without allowing a baserunner.

Are wondering why we have not seen last year's "first team all-star" and "dual threat" (he hit .339 while striking out 50 batters) Erik Sabrowski? Here's your answer as per Ian Wilson of albertadugoutstories.com: “Sabrowski is awaiting results of MLB draft June 4-6 before potentially joining the team. Several MLB teams have shown interest.”

EDMONTON PROSPECTS PLAYER OF THE GAME:  The nod tonight goes to the Prospects starting pitcher Connor Burns. Allowing only one run on four hits in his four innings of work is a good start. Add in that Burns struck out six while not issuing a walk, now it's a quality (albeit short) start.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Sunday June 3: Minor Baseball Day! Okotoks Dawgs at 2:05PM

Then after a couple road games, there are a couple of really big theme nights.

Friday June 8: Blue Jays Day (autographed Blue Jays memorabilia for in-game auction) Fort Mac Giants 7:05PM

Saturday June 9: Crown Jewel, pregame community Open House! Fort Mac Giants 7:05PM

Prospects Start Season With Convincing 7-1 Win

By Len Nunes

There is a charm to watching baseball on television rooting for your favourite team that lives oh so far away. Enter the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL). They give folks across Alberta and Saskatchewan the chance to watch baseball live. Now your couch might be comfortable but nothing beats spending time at the ballpark! On what was a rainy Thursday in the capital of Alberta, the Edmonton Prospects started the season off with a convincing 7-1 win over the Lethbridge Bulls.

The Bulls would open the scoring in the top of the 2nd inning. With 2-on and 2-out, Liam Vulcano would hit a double fielded by centerfielder Jake Lanferman. The lead runner would score for the visitors but Brett Semeniuk would be tagged out at home after a strong accurate relay throw by shortstop Aidan Huggins.

The Prospects would hit the scoreboard in the bottom of the 4th and they would do it in style. Anthony Cusati, who led off the bottom of the 2nd with a double, would lead off the 4th with a single. He would be joined by Nick Spillman on board, then Tony Olson would bring both home with a 3-run inside-the-park home run! The Prospects were not done scoring yet in the bottom of the 4th as Percy (Yi-Jia) Liu from Taoyuan City, Taiwan would drive home Zane Takhar from second base with a single to left field making it 4-1 for the home team after 4.

The score would stay that way until the two outs in the bottom of the 7th. Lanferman would triple and score on a passed ball while Cusati was at the plate. Spillman, for the third consecutive time, would reach base. Olson would collect RBI numbers 4 and 5 to bring home both Cusati and Lanferman. This would make the score 7-1 after seven innings and would become your final score.

On the mound, the Prospects did not stretch out any of their pitchers too much, not allowing anyone to pitch more than two innings. Taran Oulton got the Opening Day call and was the only Prospect pitcher to allow a run or a walk. This is not disrespect towards Oulton, this is a tip of the cap to Brenden Wiun and Jordan Smith who both pitched two innings and only allowed one baserunner each. Also a cap tip to Scott Gillespie and Michael Gahan who combined to pitch a perfect final three frames!

PLAYER OF THE GAME:

5 RBI man Tony Olson earns the first Player of the Game award of the season. Really was there any doubt?

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Friday June 1: Okotoks Dawgs 7:05PM at RE/MAX Field

Saturday June 3: Minor Baseball Day at the Park! Okotoks Dawgs 2:05PM at RE/MAX Field

 

 

JUNE 9TH, 2018 at 5:00PM, Doors for the event open at 4:30PM

CROWN JEWEL NIGHT - Celebrating Edmonton's Jewel in the River Valley - RE/MAX FIELD

Activities for the event include:

-John Short's "Hot Stove Discussion" in the "Smoke and Pickle Bar & Grille" behind home plate.

-Special Guests talking about the Ballpark, Ron Hayter and Baseball in general.

-1.5 hrs of interesting discussion and stories

      Special Guest Speakers - Orv Franchuk / Grant Cunningham / Patrick Cassidy

 *Must have ticket to the ballgame to get in.

      

The Edmonton Prospects Coaching Staff will be hosting an Open Tryout session this Thursday, May 10 at 4:00pm at RE/MAX Field.  Interested players that would like to have a shot to make the team are welcome to come out and see if they can make the cut!

An update on the Player Tryout Session: players trying out do not have to be in college or university. They just have to be college eligible and 25 years of age or under. Must have completed High School.
Tryouts are at RE/MAX Field Thursday, May 10 at 4:00pm. This event is not open to the public for viewing.

Ticket Windows: Open at least 2 hours before each game start.  We encourage fans to purchase online to avoid the last-minute line-ups.

Toonie Tuesday's: All games this season that fall on a Tuesday are Buy 1, Get the 2nd Ticket for just $2.  This deal is for purchases made at the Ticket Window only starting up to 2 hours before the First Pitch.

Fundraising Opportunities: We provide your team or non-profit group tickets to re-sell.  Keep half the profits, half goes back to the Prospects!  Contact Ryan for more information, 780-717-6739.  Sell for regular price and keep the revenue for your group.  

Rainout Policy: Games will be played regardless of weather conditions unless called by the umpires at the game. Should a game be called, it will be a result of severe weather, lightning or field conditions that affect the safety of players and or grounds. Rain delay decisions will be at the discretion of the umpires and Head Coaches. If a game needs to be called after a Rain Delay – your ticket is still available to be redeemed at the box office for a future Prospects game.  Please check our social media accounts for up-to-date information when in doubt!

Refund Policy: The Edmonton Prospects Baseball Club have a no refund policy. However, they would like to ensure all ticket holders that have purchased a ticket are enabled to utilize the ticket. Therefore, if a game is cancelled due to weather conditions, the game ticket will be honoured at any other 2018 regular season game. 

Food/Drink Policy: No outside food or drink is allowed at RE/MAX Field.  All bags/purses/backpacks will be checked.

*Note: Home Plate Lounge has approximately 30 outdoor seats.  First come, first served for tickets purchased in that area.  There is plenty of indoor air conditioned seating as well.