9th Inning Comeback Falls Just Short

By Len Nunes

The Prospects scored the first run of Tuesday night's game and the last two runs. Sandwich in the middle was an Okotoks Dawgs 5-run 7th inning. With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the 9th, the Dawgs had to bring in their closer Craig Smith to get the final out.

2,103 Prospects fans were treated to heck of a performance by starting pitcher Edgar Barclay. Barclay pitched 6 innings allowing only two hits and two walks. Both hits against him were singles in the 2nd inning. A mid-season acquisition, Barclay's ERA now sits at 1.54 which would sit 2nd lowest in the WMBL if he had enough innings pitched to qualify.

The Prospects opened the scoring in the bottom of the 6th. Tony Olson drew a 1-out walk and promptly stole his 7th base of the season. Zane Takhar picked up his 14th RBI of the season bringing home Olson.

Drew Scott took over on the Prospects mound in the 7th inning making his 7th appearance of the season. Scott's first three appearances were used to get acquainted with the league leading into his last three appearances being stellar. Wednesday night was a speed bump for Scott has the Dawgs scored 5 runs on 4 hits and an error in his opening frame. Coach Ray Brown trotted Scott back out there for the 8th inning to see if the young man could regain some of his confidence. Scott ended up pitching the final two innings of the night only allowing one more hit.

With the score 5-1 in the bottom of the 9th, the Prospects came heartbreakingly close to pulling off a comeback victory. Beaux Guilbeau, Daylen Calicdan and Michael Gahan loaded the bases with 2-out. Anthony Cusati handcuffed Dawgs first baseman William Hollis allowing him to reach base and Guilbeau to come home. Percy Liu drew his 17th walk of the season for his 21st RBI pulling the Prospects to within two at 5-3. Alas, that is where the story ends.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

6 shutout innings gives Edgar Barclay the Player of the Game nod.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday July 25 in Medicine Hat (conclusion of July 19 game also scheduled to be played previous to this game starting at 5pm)

July 26 and 27 in Lethbridge

FINAL WEEKEND OF THE REGULAR SEASON

Saturday July 28 - CISN Country Night - hosting Fort McMurray 7PM

Sunday July 29 - Fan Appreciation Day - hosting Fort McMurray 2:05PM

PLAYOFFS BEGIN JULY 31 - STAY TUNED FOR SCHEDULE!

Road Woes Continue For Prospects

By Len Nunes

If you wanted one stat to summarize the Edmonton Prospects season thus far it is their home and away records. At the friendly confines of RE/MAX Field the Prospects are 14-4. Away from RE/MAX Field the Prospects are 5-16. The overall record of the Prospects dipped back under .500 after a 9-5 road loss to the Okotoks Dawgs on Sunday afternoon. The Dawgs come to Edmonton Tuesday night, let's see if the Prospects can use home field advantage to return to .500.

The Prospects opened up the scoring in the matinee affair in the top of the 4th inning. Eric Crain drew a 2-out walk and promptly stole 2nd base. Beaux Guilbeau collected his 10th RBI of the season singling home Crain. The hit extends Guilbeau's personal hit streak to 7 games.

Coming off a complete game, 2-hit shutout versus the Brooks Bombers, Prospects starting pitcher Rich Walker held the Dawgs scoreless until the 4th inning. Unfortunately when the Dawgs did start to score against Walker, Head Coach Ray Brown would be forced to go his bullpen just to get out of the inning. A RBI triple by William Hollis ended Walker's afternoon after 3 and 2/3 innings with the score 4-1.

Chase Morris relieved Walker on the Prospects mound. The first batter Morris faced drove in Hollis closing the books on Walker. Morris, who had a rough outing versus the Dawgs back on July 8th, saw his defence come up large for him in the bottom of the 5th. Ryan Humenuik tried to come home from first on a JT Patterson double but was gunned down at home plate. Hollis earned a RBI off of his 2nd Prospects pitcher in the 6th inning after hitting a 1-out double making the score 6-1 Dawgs. Morris' final line finished at 2 innings played allowing 1 run on 6 hits. A step in the right direction for the young lad.

Josh Sieglitz came in to get the final out of the 6th and pitched a shutout 7th inning for the Prospects.

In the top of the 7th, the Prospects scored two runs to make it 6-3. With 2-out Jake MacDonald and AJ Nitzschke singled then Aidan Huggins was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded Tony Olson got aboard via a defensive error that allowed MacDonald and Nitzschke to cross the plate.

Jordan Smith, who had a good showing versus the Dawgs on July 8th, struggled when he took over the Prospects mound in the bottom of the 8th. 3 walks issued and 2 singles allowed culminated in 3 Dawgs runs making the score 9-3 in their favour.

The Prospects did not go quietly into the night! Zane Takhar drew a lead-off walk in the final frame. With 2-out Percy Liu drew a walk, then Nick Spillman singled to load the bases. Crain would bring home Takhar and Liu and bring the Prospects to within four making the score a bit more respectable at 9-5. Dolly Parton would be proud.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Eric Crain with the big 2-RBI hit in the 9th inning wins the Player Of The Game nod.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Toonie Tuesday July 24 vs Okotoks Dawgs 7PM

The official word on our rained out Trappers Jersey Auction - we are doing the auction this Toonie Tuesday evening at our game vs Okotoks Dawgs! The players will be wearing the jerseys during the game and you can bid on your favourite player's game-worn jersey at the Silent Auction Table across from the Prospects General Store on the Main Concourse behind Section H. After the game, winning bids get to meet the player and get the jersey. There are still 14 Trappers jerseys available for purchase in the store if you don't want to take your chances on the auction. There is also 4 other Trappers shirt types available plus 2 hat styles. These items won't last long! On Toonie Tuesday games, first person pays for a regular price ticket and the second ticket is only $2.

Wednesday July 25 in Medicine Hat (conclusion of July 19 game also scheduled to be played previous to this game starting at 5pm)

July 26 and 27 in Lethbridge

FINAL WEEKEND OF THE REGULAR SEASON

Saturday July 28 - Country Night - hosting Fort McMurray 7PM

Sunday July 29 - Fan Appreciation Day - hosting Fort McMurray 2:05PM

After Back-to-Back Postponed Games, Prospects Win Streak Snapped

By Len Nunes

The Edmonton Prospects were on a 6-game win streak until Mother Nature intervened. Whether instinctively or intuitively, when things are going well you try to keep the same routine going. Superstitious or not, having games on Thursday July 19th and Friday July 20th postponed had to have messed with the team mojo. Traveling out to Okotoks Saturday night, the Dawgs defeated the Prospects 10-1. The Prospects will look to find their mojo again Sunday afternoon in the Seaman Stadium rematch versus the Dawgs.

Taran Oulton made his team leading 8th start of the season for the Prospects. Versus the Dawgs, Oulton earned a win on June 3rd and a loss on July 8th. After a clean first inning, the Dawgs were able to put up three runs in the bottom of the 2nd. Oulton cruised along relatively smoothly until the 6th inning when the Dawgs were able to put up 5 more runs.

The Prospects offence, which had scored 63 runs during the 6-game win streak, was held to only one run. In the top of the fourth inning Eric Crain hit his first triple of the season. Next batter up was Beaux Guilbeau and he brought home Crain with a sacrifice fly. Crain and Guilbeau combined for three of the four Prospects hits on the night.

Tony Olson had the other Prospect hit extending his personal hitting streak to 6 games. Olson also drew 2 walks making it 6 consecutive games where he had drew at least one free pass.

The Dawgs were able to score two runs against Prospects reliever Scott Gillespie in the 7th to make the score 10-1. Drew Scott came in to the 8th inning and retired the side in order.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Beaux Guilbeau earns the Player of the Game honours. His 7th inning double puts him on a 6-game personal hit streak. Guilbeau also collected the sole RBI.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Sunday July 22 in Okotoks

TOONIE TUESDAY - July 24 vs Okotoks at RE/MAX Field

Wednesday July 25 in Medicine Hat (conclusion of July 19 game also scheduled to be played)

July 26 and 27 in Lethbridge

FINAL WEEKEND OF THE REGULAR SEASON

Saturday July 28 - Country Night - hosting Fort McMurray 7PM

Sunday July 29 - Fan Appreciation Day - hosting Fort McMurray 2:05PM

Only 3 Home Games Left To Exchange 3 Rainout Dates

Mother Nature has wreaked havoc on the Edmonton Prospects in the month of July. With games being cancelled on July 13th, July 19th and July 20th thousands of fans have tickets that can be exchanged for any upcoming regular season home game.

There are only 3 regular season home games remaining on the Prospects:

Tuesday July 24 vs Okotoks 7PM

Saturday July 28 vs Fort Mac 7PM

Sunday July 29 vs Fort Mac 2PM

If you have “Grandstand” or “Lounge Access” tickets, the exchange process is simple. Simply go to the box office on game night of your choice and swap them for tickets to that game.

If you have “Balcony” seating the process is almost the same. Take your tickets to the box office on the game night of your choice to begin the swap process. If those exact seats are available, the swap will be made. If those exact seats are not available, you will be placed in alternate balcony seating. Availability is open so please come early (box office opens one hour prior to the start of the game).

If you have “Suite tickets” before coming to any of the games please e-mail Director, Partnerships & Ticket Sales Ryan Jagoe ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to make the necessary adjustments.

The Prospects will do their best to accommodate everyone’s request but we kindly remind you that the weather is not under our control.

Extra Innings Win Extends Win Streak To 6

By Len Nunes

The WMBL regular season is 75% done. The league website recently wrote a column on how the Medicine Hat Mavericks, already at 30 wins, stand a chance to break the record for most wins in a season (39). The fly in their ointment is the Edmonton Prospects! On Wednesday night, for the 3rd time this season, the Prospects defeated the Mavericks. Keep in mind; the Mavericks have only 7 losses all season! The win is the Prospects 4th straight at the friendly confines of RE/MAX Field and 6th straight overall pushing their record over the .500 mark for the first time since June 12th.

A Prospects offence that had scored 36 runs in their previous two games jumped out to a 3-0 lead. A sacrifice fly by Nick Spillman scored Tony Olson in the first inning opened the scoring. In the third inning, AJ Nitzschke and Olson got the ball rolling with back-to-back walks. Zane Takhar plated Nitzschke and Eric Crain plated Olson.

Making his fourth start of the season, Edgar Barclay and his 1.24 ERA was tasked with trying to slow down the highest run scoring offence in the league. Barclay kept them off the scoreboard until the 4th inning. With the lead-off runner aboard Nolan Rattai doubled to break the shutout.

Anthony Cusati quickly got that run back in the bottom of the 4th inning with a first pitch home run making it a 4-1 Prospects lead.

Barclay's night would end with only one away in the 5th inning. A Colton Wright double cashed in Carson Johnson who was hit by a pitch. Rattai's 2nd double of the night brought the Mavericks to within one. Barclay's final line was 4 1/3 innings played allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. While the night's performance will not rank as one of his best, his new ERA of 1.96 in a total of 21 1/3 innings played this season is still very impressive.

The Prospects made it 5-3 in the bottom of the 5th when Beaux Guilbeau hit his first triple of the season scoring Eric Crain.

Brenden Wiun, who took over for Barclay on the mound, gave up a lead-off homerun to Jordan Dray to start the 6th inning. Wiun allowed two more baserunners in the inning but stranded both.

Once again the Prospects responded in the bottom half of the inning! On base via a walk, Olson came around to score to make it 6-4 Prospects.

Jordan Smith came in to pitch for the Prospects and retired the Mavericks in order in the top of the 7th inning. Back-to-back hits to start the 8th brought the Mavericks within 1. With 2-out the Mavericks then tied the game at 6.

Josh Sieglitz came on to pitch for the Prospects in the 9th inning. It was Sieglitz's 8th appearance of the season and 4th time facing the Mavericks. 6-up, 6-down with 3 strikeouts sums up a strong performance by Sieglitz as the game went into extra innings.

With 2-out in the bottom of the 10th, Olson reached base with a single. With Takhar at the plate, Olson moved to second on a wild pitch. Two pitches later the Mavericks catcher struggled to scoop the ball out of the dirt and Olson charged to third. The throw got past the third baseman and Olson raced home for the game winning run! 7-6 was your final score as the remaining 1,284 fans went home happy!

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Tony Olson wins the Player of the Game award going 2-for-4 at the plate with two walks. Olson's aggressiveness on the bases can be directly linked to 3 of the 6 Mavericks errors on the evening.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Thursday July 19 vs Medicine Hat – Pre-game Business Mixer - 7:05 PM First Pitch

Friday July 20 vs Regina - Edmonton Trappers Night featuring Ron Kittle! 7:05 PM First Pitch

The legendary John Short will be hosting a pre-game "Sportstalk" with Kittle and fellow Edmonton Trappers Icons GM Mel Kowalchuk and play-by-play voice Al Coates at 5PM in the lounge.

*Outside Food Policy - The Edmonton Prospects have a no outside food policy at RE/MAX Field. Security will check specifically for nuts and sunflower seeds due to allergies. Any outside food will be asked to either be consumed prior to entry to the ballpark or returned to your car. You may bring a water bottle to the game but it must be empty as you can refill for free inside at one of two water fountains. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.