06/30/2017 1:20 AM -
Okotoks 13 at Lethbridge 8
It was the battle for Western Division supremacy and this game one did not disappoint the fans at Spitz Stadium.
Lethbridge grabbed an early 3-1 lead before Okotoks battled back with a five-run sixth inning to take a 6-3 lead. The Dawgs added three in the seventh to go up 9-3 before Lethbridge scored five runs in their half of the seventh to make the score 9-8. Okotoks scored four more runs in the final two innings to take the contest 13-8.
The victory moved Okotoks into a tie with Lethbridge for first place in the Western Division. Both teams have 14-8 records.
Liam Stroud started for Okotoks and was lifted after four innings. He faced 22 batters giving up three runs on four hits and seven walks. Zach Demchenko got the call from the bullpen and earned the win after two innings of work. Brennen Lauffenburger and Kody Funderburk also saw action out of the Dawg’s bullpen.
Wesley Moore, the freshman from Vauxhall Academy started for Lethbridge. He lasted 5.2 innings allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks. Moore was listed as the losing pitcher. Ben Erwin and Trace Francis came on to finish the final 3.1 innings for the Bulls.
Jayse McLean, a product of North Dakota State University hit his fourth home run of the season to assist with the Dawgs win. It was a total team effort as all nine Okotoks starters had a least one hit.
Brent Semeniuk was a difference maker at the plate for the Bulls. Semeniuk had three hits, two RBI, a walk and a run in the loss.
Swift Current 14 at Regina 10
The battle for top spot in the Eastern Division turned into the battle of the long ball as these two teams combined for six home runs in Swift Current’s 14-10 win over Regina. The 472 fans in attendance were treated to a back and forth batting affair.
Swift Current scored seven runs on four hits in the top of the ninth to erase the Red Sox 8-7 lead. With the score 14-8 Regina added a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to make the final score 14-10 for the visiting 57’s.
Jake Waters started for Regina. The Lansing Michigan product pitched into the sixth inning. Waters, a senior at Arkansas Pine Bluff gave up seven runs on nine hits.
The Red Sox dipped into their bullpen and used four relievers. Kevin Borst took the loss after giving up seven runs in his 1.2 innings of work.
Swift Current’s James Smith got the start and spent five innings in the game. After giving up seven runs he handed the ball to Trey Taylor. Keil Krumwiede came out of the bullpen in the seventh and held Regina at bay for two innings for the win. Layne Downing closed the game out, pitching the ninth inning.
Blake Adams was two for three with two home runs, two runs scored and four RBI for Swift Current. He also made a spectacular catch in the field.
Justin Erlandson led the Regina Red Sox offensive charge. The senior from Utah Valley had four hits including a triple and home run, three runs scored .
The Campbell brothers played a key role in this game for their respected teams.
Riley Campbell had a single, a double, a stolen base and four runs scored for Swift Current. His older brother Aden provided the Red Sox with two hits including a home run, two RBI and a run scored.
With the come from behind win Swift Current improved to 14-8 while Regina dropped to 15-7 but still hold a one game lead over the 57’s in the race for first place.
Yorkton 6 at Brooks 7
The Brooks Bombers ended a three-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over Yorkton.
Kyle Stevenson started for the visiting Yorkton Cardinals. Stevenson was lifted from the game after 4.2 innings and five earned runs. Robbie Watson took the hill in relief for 1.1 innings before Tyler McDonald joined the party for the final six outs.
Cameron Kremers was given the nod to start for Brooks. Kremers hung in for 5.1 innings before giving way to Dallas Forno. Quentin Kopjar earned the save with his two-inning performance.
Yorkton’s Chance Wheatley was two for four with a RBI in the Cards loss.
Ashton Roy, Logan Burke and Griffin Robinson all homered in the Bombers victory.
Yorkton is now 6-15 while Brooks is 7-15.
Moose Jaw 4 at Fort McMurray 7
Moose Jaw disappointed the 496 fans at Shell Place as the Miller Express beat the Fort McMurray Giants 4-2.
Zach McDonald started for Moose Jaw and pitched a solid six innings giving up just two runs on four hits. Ben Dalke earned the save for the Miller Express.
Alex Nolan starting for Fort McMurray and took the loss giving up four runs in the four innings he pitched.
The Giant bullpen blanked Moose Jaw the rest of the way but it was not enough.
Max Hewitt was the offensive star for Fort McMurray going three for four with a RBI. Scott Platt, a native of Longmont, Colorado had three hits, a RBI and two runs for Moose Jaw.
Moose Jaw continues to be a force in the Eastern Division with a 14-9 record. The Giants record is now 7-15 on the season.
Melville 5 at Medicine Hat 11
The Medicine Hat Mavericks banged out 14 hits on route to a 11- 5 win over the visiting Melville Millionaires. The win put the Mavericks over the .500 mark at 12-11. Melville dropped to 5-17 on the season.
Austin Stokes, the product of Woodlands Texas, had three hits including a home run and two RBI in a losing effort.
Chris Caffrey held a hot bat for the Mavericks. Caffrey was one for three with three runs, two walks and three RBI
Millionaires reliever Michael Pagacik took the loss while Mavericks’ Barry Caine earned his first win of the season.
Weyburn 5 at Edmonton 7
Edmonton impressed the 1,285 fans in attendance at ReMax Field with a 7-5 win over Weyburn.
The Prospects led 5-1 after five innings before the Beavers bounced back with four runs to tie the game.
Edmonton sealed the win with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh for their 12th victory of the season.
Ulysses Fluellen was 3 for 3 with a triple and two runs scored for Weyburn. Luis Jimenez, the senior from the University of Rio Grande had a double and three RBI in the Beavers’ loss.
Sherwood Park’s Jake Lanferman was 2 for 4 at the plate, He smacked a triple and cashed in two RBI.
Taran Oulton started for Edmonton and threw 6.2 innings. The Australia born Jye Deeble came on in relief and held the Beavers scoreless over his 1.1 innings of work. Andrew Mirasty pitched the ninth inning and delivered his fifth save of the season.
Brodie Stairs was charged with the loss which dropped Weyburn’s season record to 12-10.