Series #2, 1st Game Loss
By Arik Krause

Following a four-game series win over the Okotoks Dawgs where the Prospects were the underdogs, the Edmonton Prospects would travel down to Medicine Hat to take on the end-of-regular-season division-leading Medicine Hat Mavericks for the first game of the Western Division Finals.

Taran Oulton would get the ball handed to him in Game 1 and be tasked with stopping an incredibly strong Medicine Hat team. The Mavericks would jump on him early scoring runs in both the first two innings and four out of the five innings that Oulton would pitch in.

The Prospects would get on the scoreboard in the top of the 2nd following a 1st inning where the Mavericks would score off a Sal Rodriguez single. Eric Crain would drive in Beaux Guilbeau off a double and the Prospects would tie the game 1-1.

Carson Johnson would hit a triple, driving in David Salgueiro and would eventually score himself as the Mavericks went up 3-1 after two innings.

Edmonton would get those runs back in the top of the third off an Anthony Cusati sacrifice fly that would bring in Tony Olson, and then Daylen Calicdan would drive in Zane Takhar and the Prospects would tie the game 3-3.

Medicine Hat's David Salgueiro would put a two-run homer over the fence in the bottom of the fourth to give the Mavericks a 5-3 lead.

Anthony Cusati would once again drive another Prospect in, this time Zane Takhar, to get another run back for the Prospects in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 5-4. That's as close as the Prospects would get in the latter part of this game as the Mavericks would shell out five more runs over the course of the game to eventually win 10-4.

The Mavericks outhit the Prospects 15-7 and won Game 1 of the Western Major Baseball League, Western Division Finals.

If you haven't already, be sure to get your tickets to Game 3 in Edmonton on Wednesday night!

 

Player of the Game: Zane Takhar was pretty good in this game reaching base twice, once off a hit and once off a walk, he would come around to score both times, accounting for half of the Prospects runs.

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, August 7 – Game 2, Road game in Medicine Hat
Wednesday, August 8 – Game 3, Home Game
Thursday, August 9 – Game 4, (If necessary) Home Game
Friday, August 10 – Game 5, (if necessary) Road Game

 

 

Prospects Win Western Conference Semi-Final!
By Arik Krause

The Edmonton Prospects were able to close out the Okotoks Dawgs in the first round of the Western Major Baseball League Playoffs in a 5-game series that ended in 4 games Friday night in Edmonton. Okotoks was knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by Edmonton for the third year in a row as they just can’t seem to get over that “Prospects” hurdle.

Rich Walker would get the ball in Game 4 with the ability to advance Edmonton to the next round. Walker, who previously threw a perfect game for the Prospects earlier in the year would absolutely deal in this one. Walker would pitch four scoreless innings in this one before the Dawgs would score in the top of 5th, however, Walker wasn’t charged with the earned run. Abdiel Aliceo would score off a missed pick-off attempt and give the Dawgs a 1-0 lead.

The Prospects would get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth off an error themselves, Anthony Cusati would advance to first off of a Dawgs third baseman error, bringing in Zane Takhar and tying the game up at 1-1.

Rich Walker would close out his night pitching 7 innings, allowing no earned runs and 4 strikeouts.

Before his night ended, the Prospects would give him the go-ahead run, lining Walker up for the potential win.  AJ Nitzchke would lead off with a triple and Tony Olson would sacrifice fly him home as the Prospects would go up 2-1.

The Prospects would bring in Michael Gahan to close out the game as he would pitch two scoreless innings allowing 1 hit and eventually get the save. The Prospects eliminate the Okotoks Dawgs with the final score staying at 2-1 and they now advance to the second round of the Western Major Baseball League Playoffs in a bid to win the Western Conference.

Player of the Game:

Pitching wins championships and in this one, the Prospects’ pitchers would combine for only 3 hits against. The “Player of the Game” in this one for us will be Rich Walker who pitched 7 innings allowing only two hits and no earned runs.

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Western Division Championships (Best of 5)   Opponent: Medicine Hat Mavericks

Monday, August 6 - Game 1, Road game in Medicine Hat
Tuesday, August 7 - Game 2, Road game in Medicine Hat
Wednesday, August 8 - Game 3, Home Game
Thursday, August 9 – Game 4, (If necessary) Home Game
Friday, August 10 – Game 5, (if necessary) Road Game

Game 3 Playoff Loss
By Arik Krause

The Edmonton Prospects came out of Okotoks with a 2-0 series lead and a chance to clinch the first round against the Dawgs at RE/MAX field on Thursday. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to do that and we’ll be playing a Game 4 tonight (Friday, August 3rd) where the Prospects will yet again have another chance to put the Dawgs away.

Coach Ray Brown would hand the ball to Josh Sieglitz in Game 3 and he would start the game pitching two scoreless innings before Collin Ridout would come around to score in the top of the 3rd for Okotoks. Things would unravel for Sieglitz in the top of the fourth as five Dawgs would come across to score, effectively ending his night. Sieglitz would go 4.0 IP allowing 6 hits, 4 earned runs and striking out 2.

The Prospects would get on the board in the fifth inning as Nick Spillman would start the inning with a lead-off double. Daylen Calicdan would ground into a 4-3 for out number 1, but advanced Spillman in the process. Eric Crain hit a ball out to the left fielder and brought Spillman in on a sacrifice fly.

This game, however, was all Dawgs as Okotoks would score in three consecutive innings putting up 2 runs in both the sixth and seventh, follow by a single run in the 8th putting them up 11-1 and the game basically out of reach.

The Prospects would attempt to mount a rally scoring two runs in the ninth inning off of a Jake MacDonald triple to center field and a Nick Spillman grounder which would eventually bring Jake in but it wasn’t enough as Okotoks would win Game 3 with a score of 11-3 and force a Game 4 Friday night at RE/MAX Field.

As mentioned before, the Prospects still have the ability to clinch the first round of the Western Major Baseball League tonight in Edmonton. Be sure to get your tickets and cheer on the Prospects.  Purchase online at https://tickets.prospectsbaseballclub.com 

 

Player of the Game: Jake MacDonald

Hard to pick a “Player of the Game” in this one as the Prospects weren’t able to mount much offence against a strong Okotoks pitching staff but Jake MacDonald came in at the bottom of the ninth, hit a triple to drive in a run and later scored himself going 1-1 with a triple, run and an RBI.

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Friday, August 3rd – RE/MAX Field vs Okotoks 7 PM

(if necessary) Saturday, August 4th – Road Game in Okotoks 7 PM

 

Game 2 Is a Winner Too!
by Arik Krause

The Edmonton Prospects have gone into Okotoks and put the Dawgs on the brink of elimination. The Prospects went up early scoring four runs in the first two innings, eventually giving themselves a 9-2 lead. They would manage to hold on and escape Okotoks with a 2-0 series lead and the chance to clinch Thursday night at RE/MAX Field.

Coach Ray Brown would hand the ball to Connor Burns in Game 2 and he would start the game dealing, allowing 2 runs in five innings before getting dinged up for five runs in the sixth. The Prospects would call on Michael Gahan in the seventh inning and he would earn a three-inning save to close out the game.

Percy (Yi-Jia) Liu would open the scoring in the top of the first for the Prospects with a triple after the leadoff hitter Tony Olson was able to find his way on base. The next at-bat Michael Gahan would drive Liu in and the Prospects would go up 2-0 early in Game 2.

The Prospects would manage to put up 2 more runs in the second inning before Anthony Cusati would send a ball over the fence coming up huge for the Prospects in the fifth inning with a three-run home run that would bring in both Michael Gahan and Nick Spillman putting the Prospects up 9-2. The Prospects would bend, but not break going forward as they’d have a rocky bottom of the sixth allowing 5 runs to give the Dawgs hope.

As mentioned before. Michael Gahan would come into the game after being moved from 3B and pitch three solid innings only giving up 1 run. Liu would drive in Aidan Huggins in the top of the eighth to give the Prospects some insurance as they would close the door on this one giving the Prospects a 10-8 win and they would escape Okotoks with a 2-0 series lead.

The Prospects who came into the series as underdogs trailing Okotoks by 12 games in the regular season, now have the chance to sweep the Dawgs Thursday night in Edmonton at RE/MAX Field. Be sure to get your tickets and cheer on the Prospects into the second round.

Player of the Game:

Honorable mention to Percy (Yi-Jia) Liu in this one as he went 3-5 with 2 RBI’s. The Player of the Game in this one for the prospects is Anthony Cusati who in the top of the fifth had a huge three-run home run to blow the doors off this game. Cusati would end the day going 3-5 as well, with 3 RBI’s and of course the big home run.

 

Upcoming games:

Thursday, August 2nd – RE/MAX Field vs Okotoks 7 PM

(if necessary) Friday, August 3rd – RE/MAX Field vs Okotoks 7 PM

(if necessary) Saturday, August 4th – Road Game in Okotoks 7 PM

Edgar Barclay & Anthony Cusati Star In Game 1 Win

By Len Nunes

2-time WMBL Championship finalists, the Edmonton Prospects know they are the underdogs in their 2018 opening round series against Okotoks. It is a role that did not faze the club in 2016 or 2017. The Prospects jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening game and held on to win 5-2 to shift all the pressure onto the favoured Dawgs team. An Okotoks Dawgs team whose season has ended the past two seasons at the hands of the Prospects!

With a few options available, there was much speculation as to who Coach Ray Brown would hand the ball to for the game one start. Mid-season acquisition Edgar Barclay got the nod and did not disappoint. Barclay did not pitch enough innings during to the season to qualify for inclusion in stat category races but his sparkling 1.97 ERA would have been among the league best. His regular season 9.54 K/9 (strikeouts per nine innings) was outdone by his game one performance of 11 strikeouts in 6 innings of play. The Dawgs were able to get runners on base in each inning versus Barclay, including loading the bases in the first inning, but the Hawaii born pitcher would only allow 1 run.

Anthony Cusati opened the scoring in the game with a moonshot to start the third inning. It is Cusati's first career playoff home run in the WMBL.

Daylen Calicdan led the 5th inning off with a single. With 1-out, Cusati would hit a single. AJ Nitzschke made the score 2-0 with a single scoring Calicdan. Then the Dawgs defence momentarily failed them as back-to-back errors on balls hit into play by Aidan Huggins and Tony Olson expanded the lead to 4-0. Michael Gahan would cap off the 4-run 5th inning with a RBI single.

Chase Morris, who finished the season with consecutive saves, took over on the Prospects mound in the 7th inning. After allowing a lead-off single, Morris retired the next 6 Dawgs batters in order. The Dawgs did score a run against Morris in the 9th inning to make it 5-2. Coach Brown turned to Josh Sieglitz to get the final out stranding one runner on base.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Offence wins games, pitching wins championships. With that in mind Edgar Barclay earns the Player Of The Game nod. Barclay's final line reads 6 innings played, 1 run against on 7 hits with 11 strikeouts.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday August 1st – Road Game in Okotoks, 7PM starts

Thursday August 2nd – RE/MAX Field vs Okotoks 7PM

(if necessary) Friday August 3rd – RE/MAX Field vs Okotoks 7PM

(if necessary) Saturday August 4th – Road Game in Okotoks 7PM