06/24/2015 11:21 AM -
We are a third of the way through the 2015 WMBL season. Teams rosters are filling out, and trends in the standings are starting to emerge. In both divisions one team is well out in front, and then a pack of teams are battling back and forth in the standings. In the Alberta division, Lethbridge has been on top all season. As of Monday the Bulls held a 14-4 record, and had won 5 straight games. The rest of the division is tightly packed. Okotoks is 9-9, Medicine Hat is 9-8 and Edmonton is 7-8. It will be interesting to see if Lethbridge can continue their great play heading into a pivotal stretch in their schedule. Or will one of the three other teams make a run as we near Canada Day. The WMBL always offers a tremendous day of baseball on July 1. Below is the schedule of games slated for Canada Day around the WMBL.
In the Saskatchewan division Weyburn is the team leading the pack. The Beavers boast a record of 14-4 and have a 4.5 game lead over the Regina Red Sox who sit in second place. A pair of Weyburn hitters have stood out so far this season. Dan Moro leads the league with a .414 average and sitting in second place is teammate Brenden Meade who is batting .375. Yorkton and Moose Jaw sit in third and fourth in the division with records of 8-11 and 8-12 respectively.
Sunday June 21, 2015 will be a date that Swift Current’s Darren Kolk will never forget. Kolk led the Indians to a 16-5 victory over the Edmonton Prospects and hit for the cycle. One of the most difficult feats in all of sports. Kolk singled, doubled, tripled and homered, finishing the game 4-6 with 2 runs scored and 7 RBI’s. Congratulations to Darren on his incredible accomplishment.
Notes from around the league. Weyburn is clear of the pack in team batting average this season. As a team the Beavers are hitting at a .306 clip. Next closest are the Lethbridge Bulls at .285 and Swift Current at .281. Weburn also leads the league in runs scored. Through 18 games they have scored 130 runs. Lethbridge and Medicnie Hat have also passed the century mark with 113 and 101 respectively.
On the other side of the ball the Lethbridge Bulls have dazzled on the mound. The Bulls pitching staff currently sits with a 2.80 ERA through 19 games. Next closest are the Regina Red Sox at 3.47. The Red Sox have been led on the mound by Baylor pitcher Tyler Shumpert who sits on top of the league in wins (4) and strikeouts (29). The Bulls have been led by a trio of starters. Luc Hebert (3-1, 1.19 ERA), Pat Kelley (3-0, 1.28 ERA, and Kyle Olliges (3-1, 2.52 ERA) have all been fantastic on the bump for the Bulls this season.
Good luck to all teams as we head into the middle stretch of the season. Lets pack those parks this Canada Day.