Prospects Win Big, Tie Franchise Best Start To A Season
For the second time in Edmonton Prospects franchise history the team has won four out of its first five games to start a season. The latest win was by decisive 11-2 margin over the only team to put a blemish on our record thus far, the Okotoks Dawgs.
Reigning WMBL Pitcher Of The Week Noah Gapp took the mound Thursday night at RE/MAX Field and was more than the Dawgs could handle. Gapp struck out the Dawgs leadoff batter Peter Hutzel to start the game, his first of 8 K’s on the night, and would record the 27th out when Aidan Huggins made a play of the game worthy snag off a sharply hit ball by John Hawk. It is already Gapp’s second complete game of the season. His final line for this game looks like this: 9IP 5H 2R 3BB 8K.
Leadoff batter Dean Olson greeted the fans with a single and would come around to score on a Jake Lanferman single.
With the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Prospects took control of the game. We once again saw a Lanferman single score Olson but his one opened the flood gates. A Michael Gahan single scored Derek Shedden then Lanferman would come home to score on a pitch that got past the Dawgs catcher to make it 4-1 for the Prospects. Now for the big hit! Marion McLean with a bases loaded triple gave our Prospects a 7-1 lead.
Any hope the Dawgs tried to create by scoring a run in the 5th inning was snuffed out in the 7th inning when Tony Olson drove home Matt Quartel to restore the 6-run lead. The Prospects bats were not done yet!
In the 8th inning, Shedden would earn a walk after facing 11 pitches during his at-bat and Lanferman would once again take the painful way to first base by being hit a pitch. Huggins would bring them both home with a double and then be brought home by a Quartel single to bring us to our 11-2 final.
Play Of The Game: With Michael Gahan on third, Aidan Huggins on second and Mackenzie Parlow on first, Marion McLean would bring them all home with a triple.
Player Of The Game: Usually pitching a complete game would earn this spot for Noah Gapp but the nod here goes to Marion McLean. 3-for-5 at the dish with his 3-RBI triple being the piéce de résistance!
Next game: Friday night in Medicine Hat 7:05PM
Next home game: “Strike Out Hunger” with the Edmonton Food Bank on Tuesday June 13th. Of course Tuesday means Toonie Tuesday (buy 1 regular price ticket, get 1 for only a toonie). Game time is 7:05PM as welcome back the former co-tenants the Fort McMurray Giants.