Getting Better, Day by Day
By John Short

Hunter Boyd turned in his best pitching performance and outfielder Pierce Blohowiak paced a solid offence Saturday as the Edmonton Prospects ended the Okotoks Dawgs’ season-opening streak of seven consecutive Western Canadian Baseball League victories.

Posting an impressive 10-1 victory before about 2,500 fans on Kids Night, Boyd scattered five hits and fanned six in going the distance for the first time this season. The big right-hander walked only two and threw slightly more than 100 pitches. His bid for a shutout was ended when Jacob Melton tripled home Tristan Peters with two out in the ninth inning.

The nine-inning effort was more impressive because catcher Beau Guilbeaux was playing his first WCBL game of the year, shortly after concluding a drive of about 3,500 miles from the southern United States. Guilbeaux dressed only because Edmonton’s two primary catchers, Jake Gehri and Jake MacDonald were unavailable – Gehri after being hit in the head with a pitch in a recent game and MacDonald for some personal requirements.

All the runs Boyd would require came in the third and fourth innings. In the third, Blohowiak used his great speed to steal home with one out as losing pitcher Jared Spearing attempted to pick off a runner at first base. Tanner Roundy followed with a single to score Davis Pratt.

Blohowiak lashed a long double one inning later to drive in Pratt and Tyler Maskill. In all, the versatile leadoff man drove in two runs, scored once, stole two bases and drew two walks.

With Boyd in top form, the Dawgs left only four runners on base.

Four relief pitchers were used after Spearing completed five innings on the mound. Bryce Lipke was hammered for a long homer to left by shortstop Javier Ramirez in the eighth inning. Seemingly within moments, five bases on balls and a three-run triple by Katsu Takahashi padded the margin to 10-0, leaving Boyd only three putouts from what would have been an increasingly-rare nine-inning shutout.

The teams meet again today at 2pm on Military Appreciation Day where we celebrate our Army, Navy and Air Force with in-game demonstrations and challenges at RE/MAX Field.

 

 

 

Beauty in Brooks
By John Short

It took a little longer than expected Friday but the Edmonton Prospects extended their domination of the Brooks Bombers with an extra-inning 9-7 victory.

Each team collected 14 hits in the free-swinging contest . Ultimately, losing pitcher Sean Rydell’s control issues settled the decision for Edmonton. He gave up four hits and three walks in a three-inning relief stint that ended when a double by Clay Loranger, walks to Nolan Walker and Pierce Blohowiak and a pitch that hit Javier Ramirez provided the winning runs.

Tanner Roundy, who spends much of his time in the Prospects outfield, turned in one solid inning of relief for the victory. Jackson Bandow started for Edmonton and fanned eight Bombers while walking four in five innings. Until Roundy reached the mound in the bottom of the 10th inning, when he walked one, the Bombers kept putting runners on base.

Brendan Kates solved Edmonton’s four pitchers for four hits in six at-bats. Josh McIntyre and Dax Wandler added to the offensive pressure with three runs-batted-in apiece, and were the Brooks leaders at the plate.

With four hits, Tyler Maskill continued his hot hitting for the Prospects, who returned home to face the Okotoks Dawgs Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in back-to-back home games at RE/MAX Field.

Ten Edmonton players collected at least one hit, including homers by Travis Hunt and Jake MacDonald.

 

Victory in Brooks
By John Short
Six members of the Edmonton Prospects put their brief hitting slumps behind them Thursday in a 14-3 Western Canadian Baseball League season victory over the Brooks Bombers.
In their last three game, all losses, the Prospects had difficulty putting wood on the ball, but things changed in a four-run second inning highlighted by a long two-run homer off the bat of catcher Jake Gehri. The blast started the Prospects toward a 16-hit display that provided four runs in the second inning and five in the ninth, long after the issue had been settled and Bombers relief pitchers had a difficult time mopping up.
Gehri, a catcher from Yale University, has put his power on display several times in this young season. He was joined by Clay Loranger, Eric Crain, Travis Hunt, Nolan Walker and Tyler Maskill in the night’s two-hit club. Walker displayed his power with a homer and a triple on the way to a game-high four runs batted in.
Thanks at least partly to this offensive display, pitcher Taran Oulton became the first Prospects pitcher to go the distance this season. He scattered 13 hits but fanned 11 and made key pitches when necessary.
Oulton’s only major difficulties came from Josh McIntyre and Carter Troncin, who found him for three hits apiece and shared two first-inning runs before the young starter settled himself down. Oulton earned the opening-day victory against Brooks and again shows signs of being a staff leader all season.

2018 Player Drafted

The Edmonton Prospects are pleased to see that our left-handed pitcher from last year's line-up, Edgar Barclay was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 15th round.  Edgar hails from Hilo, Hawaii and attended California State University in Bakersfield, California.

Things will get better . . . count on it.
By John Short
 
The defending-champion Medicine Hat Mavericks evened out the Prospects' Western Canadian Baseball League record at four wins and four losses by downing the Edmonton Prospects 3-1 Wednesday night at RE/MAX Field.
It was the second victory in as many nights for the Mavericks, who whacked Edmonton 14-3 on Tuesday, but the team’s improved effort gave Prospects head coach Jordan Blundell and the players some reason to be optimistic as they head toward Brooks for their next two games before returning to their home field Saturday and Sunday to meet the talented Okotoks Dawgs.
Edmonton’s clearest improvement showed on the mound, where starter Brayden Cust of Sherwood Park and two relievers allowed single runs only in the second, fifth and seventh innings. Cust was charged with both runs before being forced out in the fifth with an apparent blister on his throwing hand. Zac Harrington handled himself well until help was required for the final two outs.
First baseman Cameron Pope accounted for the first run with a long sacrifice fly to score Austin Sojka from third base. Impressive team speed was an element in all three Mavericks runs. Brandon Ponticelli of Kansas University went five innings for the win, while three relieves mopped up a comfortable four-hit performance.
Eric Crain’s soaring homer to left in the sixth inning spoiled what would have been a combined shutout for Ponticelli, Flynn Ridley, Hunter Cooper and closer John Rains. In the ninth, Travis Hunt stroked a long one-out double for the Prospects, but Rains saved two of his four strikeouts for the final two batters.
In their bid to get back on the winning path, Blundell has designated opening-day starter Taran Oulton to open Thursday in Brooks.