Prospects Back On Winning Track

By Len Nunes

Wednesday night marked the beginning of a 3-game road trip for our Prospects and our boys started the trip with a win! Never trailing in the game, the Prospects defeated the Brooks Bombers 5-2.

Jake Lanferman would lead off the top of the 2nd inning with a single and would come around to score to give our Prospects a 1-0 lead.

Aidan Huggins would lead off the top of the 3rd inning with a single and would be brought home by Michael Gahan. Erik Sabrowski, extending his personal hit streak to 6 games, would double bringing home Gahan making the score 3-0.

Prospects starting pitcher Taran Oulton would allow a run in the bottom of the 3rd and 4th. With the bases loaded, 2-out in the bottom of the 4th Oulton would strike out Lee Thomas to maintain the Prospects 3-2 lead. Oulton’s final line on the evening was a solid 6IP 6H 2R 4BB 5K.

Sabrowski would pick up his 2nd RBI of the game in the top of the 5th inning driving home Derek Shedden to extend the Prospects lead to 4-2.

After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Lanferman earned a bases loaded walk in the top of the 7th inning to further extend the lead to 5-2.

Scott Gillespie would take over on the mound for the Prospects in the 7th inning. Gillespie entered the game with 0.00 ERA and left the game with his ERA intact! His final line for the evening – 3IP 1H 0R 2BB 4K.

Play Of The Game: A 4-6-3 double play in the bottom of the 7th inning by our Prospects defense snuffed out the only momentum the Bombers were able to establish against reliever Scott Gillespie.

Player Of The Game: With an RBI in the 3rd and 5th inning, Erik Sabrowski earns this honour. His personal 6-game hit streak has raised his batting average to a team leading .382.

Next Game: The beginning of a 2-game road set in Regina versus the Eastern leading Red Sox. First pitch goes Thursday night at 7:05PM.

Next Home Game:  An 8-game in 9 days homestand begins Saturday June 24th versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks.  7:05PM first pitch at RE/MAX Field. It is Post-Secondary Day at the ballpark! Post-secondary students can receive a special on-line price of $10 tickets to the game, save $1 on beer at the game, and compete versus other schools during in-game breaks.

Make Sure To Keep Your Tickets From Last Night’s Rainout!

Mother Nature quite literally rained on the Prospects parade Tuesday night. After waiting an hour and fifteen minutes after the scheduled start to the game, Prospects management were forced to cancel the game due to an unrelenting rain. You are probably asking yourself, “so what about my ticket”?

Your ticket (whether it be on Ticketmaster stock, printer paper or a QR code on your phone) is valid to attend any other Edmonton Prospects regular season game except for the traditional Canada Day game. Simply bring your ticket to the box office the night/afternoon of the game and they will exchange them for a ticket to the new event.

Player Of The Game: To the hundreds of Prospects fans who braved the elements and went to RE/MAX Field in hopes of watching some baseball, this honour goes to all of you.

Next Game: Wednesday June 21st in Brooks against the Bombers. 7:05 first pitch.

Next Home Game:  An 8-game in 9 days homestand begins Saturday June 24th versus the Medicine Hat Mavericks.  7:05PM first pitch at RE/MAX Field. It is Post-Secondary Day at the ballpark! Post-secondary students can receive a special on-line price of $10 tickets to the game, save $1 on beer at the game, and compete versus other schools during in-game breaks.

Comeback Falls Just Short For Prospects

Did you know that Monday June 19th was the Prospects first Monday night game of the season? For most of us, just the thought of Monday makes us groan but after falling behind 5-0 the Prospects were oh so close to completing the comeback and sending RE/MAX Field fans home ecstatic. The final score would be 5-3 in favour of the Okotoks Dawgs.

Jordan Parranto was your starting pitcher for the Prospects, his second start of the season and third appearance overall. Much like Sunday’s loss to the Dawgs in Okotoks the 2nd inning was a problem point for our boys as the visitors put up 3 runs.  Parranto would settle in on the mound allowing only a walk in the third, retiring the Dawgs in order in the fourth and stranding two base runners in the 5th. The Dawgs would put runners on 2nd and 3rd base with no out in the top of the 6th and they would both score extending their lead to 5-0.

Cue the beginnings of the comeback in the bottom of the 6th. Jake Lanferman came up to the plate with the bases loaded and with a sharply hit ball to left field cleared the bases with a 3-RBI triple.

With the score still 5-3 Dawgs in the bottom of the 8th inning; Corey Jackson took the mound for the visitors. Jackson had gone four consecutive outings without allowing a run and that streak came as close as possible to being snapped by our Prospects. The Prospects loaded the bases and forced the Dawgs to go deeper into their bullpen just to get the final out of the inning and strand the runners.

Erik Sabrowski would extend his personal hitting streak to the 5-game plateau.

Play Of The Game: Jake Lanferman for the second consecutive game earns this honour. His 6th inning 3-RBI triple was a nice follow-up to his solo home run from last Saturday.

Player Of The Game: Relief pitcher Andrew Grieder entered the game in the 7th inning and wonderfully did his part in keeping the Prospects in line to complete the comeback. Three shutout innings allowing only three hits and striking three.

Next Game: Toonie Tuesday June 20th  First pitch 7:05PM. Buy one ticket regular price, get a second for only a toonie. 

Rough 2nd Inning Foils Prospects

By Len Nunes

Saturday night marked the third meeting of the season between the Okotoks Dawgs and our Edmonton Prospects. In the first two meetings between the clubs the home team has won and that trend continued last night in Okotoks as the Dawgs won. With the next two Prospects home games (Monday and Tuesday) being versus the Dawgs it is a trend Edmonton fans hope continues.

Think for a moment about your favourite MLB pitcher. If you Google that pitcher’s name plus the words “bad inning”, examples will come up of uncharacteristic performances by said pitcher. Saturday night Prospects starter Noah Gapp had one of those performances.

Gapp entered last night’s game having pitched back-to-back complete games (the only two in the WMBL thus far) and saw everything go wrong in the second inning.  7 runs on 6 hits plus 3 defensive errors by our Prospects put on the rally caps super early this game. Even with the 3-error inning, our Prospects defense is still the highest rated fielding percentage in the league (.972).

Our Prospects rallied in the 4th inning to load the bases after a leadoff single by Michael Gahan and 2-out walks by Dean Olson and Mackenzie Parlow. A strikeout ended the inning and left those runners all stranded.

In the top of the 6th inning Jake Lanferman took matters into his own hands. Down 8-0 on the scoreboard, Lanferman put our Prospects on the board with home run!

In the top of the 7th, the Prospects would once again load the bases but a fly out would end the rally and leave the score at what would end up being our final 8-1.

Play Of The Game: Jake Lanferman’s 6th inning homer!

Player Of The Game: The Prospects bullpen duo of Scott Gillespie and Zaine Foth-Thomas. Both would pitch two innings and would allow a combined 4 baserunners and 0 zero runs! Do not discredit these young men because they were pitching in a game where their team was trailing by a large deficit, they both pitched legitimately well. Gillespie was making his 4th appearance of the season and maintained his 0.00 ERA while Foth-Thomas made his 5th appearance of 2017 and reduced his ERA to 3.24.

Next Games:

Pride Night Monday June 19 vs Okotoks Dawgs, 7PM at RE/MAX Field

Toonie Tuesday June 20 vs Okotoks Dawgs, 7PM at RE/MAX Field (Buy one ticket regular price, get the second one for only a toonie)

Good Ballgame, Wrong Result

By Len Nunes

We are in the middle of June and our Edmonton Prospects just lost their first home game of the season bringing their record at RE/MAX Field to 4-1 (8-3 overall). With the loss, the Lethbridge Bulls played leap frog in the standings taking a half-game lead in the West. With the Prospects off on Friday and the Bulls playing in Fort McMurray, our boys could become tied for first place by day’s end from the comfort of their own couches if our former tenants the Giants beat the Bulls.

After serving as a DH and hitting a home run Wednesday night, Erik Sabrowski was your starting pitcher for Thursday’s affair.  Sabrowski pitched the first two innings and was charged with a run against on a Bulls sacrifice fly to open the scoring in the second inning.

Our offense promptly responded in the bottom of the 2nd! Tony Olson hit a 2-out single (extending his personal hit streak to 6 games), stole 2nd base to put himself into scoring position and was driven home by Marion McLean to tie the game at 1.

Speaking of personal hit streaks, Dean Olson extended his to 9 games with a single in the first inning.

Scott Kramers, making his second appearance of the season, took over on the Prospects mound in the third inning. His pitching line from both his games is almost identical including giving up a run in his final frame of work, which tonight was the 5th inning.  Three innings played allowing only 1 run on 3 hits is very respectable. Kramers retired the first 6 batters he faced.

Zaine Foth-Thomas would come on to pitch for your Prospects in the 6th inning and needed a little help from his defense to escape a bases loaded, 1-out jam. Third baseman Tony Olson would cleanly field the ball hit by Cole Hadley and throw home to get the out and keep the score at 2-1 for the Bulls.  Unfortunately in the bottom of the sixth inning, it would be the Prospects that stranded the bases loaded.

Foth_Thomas would find his game in the 7th inning allowing only a walk but would be pulled in the 8th inning with runners on 1st and 3rd. The Bulls second sacrifice fly of the night extended their lead to 3-1 and that would be your final score.

Play Of The Game: The honour goes to Marion McLean’s outfield assist. In the top of the 5th inning, Brett Brittany came to the plate for the Bulls with two runners on. His single into right field easily scored the lead runner but McLean would deny the trailer and limit the damage done by the Bulls.

Player Of The Game: Marion McLean’s single drove home the only Prospects run and he had the defensive gem of the night so by default, this honour also goes to him.

Next Game: Saturday June 17 in Okotoks 7PM

Next Home Game: Pride Night Monday June 19 vs Okotoks at RE/MAX Field 7PM! Watch Ryder from HOT 107 throw the first pitch!