07/24/2015 1:25 PM -
We are 10 days away from the start of the 2015 WMBL Playoffs. In the Alberta Division, Lethbridge still holds a comfortable 5.5 game lead over the Okotoks Dawgs who have been hot lately, winning 8 of their last 10 games. The Dawgs have rebounded after a slow start to the season, and now sit with a 25-16 record only half a game back of Weyburn for the second best record in the league. With a win in Weyburn tonight the Bulls can clinch the Alberta Division title and the best record in the WMBL. The Bulls currently sit at 31-11, Medicine Hat is in 3rd place at 22-20, and the Edmonton Prospects round out the division at 19-24.
In the Saskatchewan Division as has been the case all season, Weyburn sits comfortably on top. The Beavers hold a record of 26-16, 6.5 games ahead of second place Regina. The Beavers are one win, or one Regina loss away from clinching the division. The rest of the division is up for grabs. This season the top three teams from each division will clinch playoff births, and then two wild card teams from either division will fill out the 8-team playoff format. Melville, Yorkton and Moose Jaw are within 2 games of each other fighting for the last playoff spots for the 2015 WMBL Season. It will surely be interesting to see how the home stretch of the season plays out.
There are some fantastic individual races taking place in the league this season. With just over a half dozen games to play the batting title is anyone’s to claim. Daniel Fredrickson sits on top with a .373 average. He is closely followed by Bulls right fielder Brandon Bufton who is at .368. Rounding out the top 5 are Brian Sisler of the Dawgs at .367, Nick Gotta of the Yorkton Cardinals at .356 and Trace Hansen of the Bulls at .352. With a hot week any one of those players could take the 2015 batting title.
Nate Ackerman has pushed his way into the league lead in home runs at 6. Ackerman has hit 2 jacks in the last 4 days to take the lead. Three players sit just one homerun back of Ackerman. A hot finish to the season could lead any one of those players to the league homerun title.
On the other side of the ball Dylan Nelson of the Okotoks Dawgs has been on fire. He has won his last 6 starts and now sits with a 7-0 record on the season. Nelson sports a 2.14 ERA and has struck out 54 opposing batters in 50.1 innings this season. Nelson will be a huge asset for the Dawgs as they try to make a run in the 2015 WMBL playoffs. The Lethbridge Bulls have had a well-balanced pitching attack this season. The Bulls currently have three pitchers tied for second in wins with 5 each. J.J. Santa-Cruz leads the league in strikeouts with 59, but Codi Scanlon of the Yorkton Cardinals is only 1 strikeout behind. There have been many all-star performances so far this season, and the last week and half of regular season WMBL baseball will surely not disappoint.
2015 has been a record breaking year for attendance around the league. With over a week remaining the WMBL is less than 10,000 fans away from topping last years mark, which should be no problem. As always Okotoks leads the league with almost 60,000 fans attending games this season at Seamen Stadium. That works out to an average attendance of 2,825. The Edmonton Prospects and the Lethbridge Bulls are both averaging over 1,000 fans per game this season. Lets have a strong finish and blow away last season’s attendance mark.