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WMBL ROUND UP for July 9

07/09/2017 11:02 PM -

FEATURE GAME:

Edmonton Prospects 2 at Okotoks Dawgs 10
With their 10-2 thumping of the Edmonton Prospects, the Okotoks Dawgs continued their winning way picking up their fourth consecutive victory. The win propelled the Dawgs to 21-10 and the best record in the WMBL. Edmonton is now 17-13.  
 Okotoks used a six run sixth inning to bust the game open and take a commanding lead over Edmonton.  
 
The Dawgs were led by Anthony Balderas, the Lewis-Clark State College product, picked up his third win while pitching seven strong innings. Balderas allowed five hits, one run, one walk and struck out six.
 
Brennen Lauffenburger came out of the bullpen to pitch the eighth inning with Zack Demchenko closing out the contest in the ninth for Okotoks.
 
Starter Michael Gahan took the loss for Edmonton dropping his won-loss record to 0-2.
 
Offensively Okotoks got three hit performances from Eddie Sanchez, Matt Lloyd and Kody Funderburk.
 
Erik Sabrowski was the bright spot in the Prospects batting order. He had two hits and two runs for the visitors.
 
 
 
Double Header:
Game 1:
Yorkton Cardinals 5 at Melville Millionaires 7
The Melville Millionaires won their second consecutive game by beating Yorkton 7-5 in game one of a double header.
Parker Smejkal, the sophomore from Nebraska Omaha, extended his hitting streak to six games with two hits. He also had a run and two RBI in the loss.
 
Melville first baseman Marshall McPherson had a great day at the plate in the Money Men’s eighth victory of the season. The native of Texarkana had three hits including his seventh homer, an RBI and a walk.  Mason Furlong added two hits for Melville.
 
Justin Johnson took the loss after pitching just four innings. His season record after pitching in 12 WMBL games this season is 1-4.
 
Amado Almanzar, the right hander form Ranger College, pitched five innings, giving up eight hits and five runs. The win evened his record at 1-1. Keaton Sullivan threw a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season.
 
 
Game 2:
Yorkton Cardinals 0 at Melville Millionaires 3
With their 3-0 win over Yorkton the Melville Millionaires swept the two-game series against the Cards. It was also Melville’s third consecutive win. After the weekend, both Yorkton and Melville have identical 9-22 records.
Mason Furlong threw a seven inning complete came shutout. He allowed just two hits while striking out seven Cardinal batters.
 
Tyson Black also pitched a complete game. He took the loss after surrendering nine hits and three runs to the Millionaire hitters.   
 
Bryce Mulcahy and Hank Forrest had singles and were the only two Cardinal hitters to solve Furlong.
 
Shoma Sasaki, Keaton Sullivan and Jared Johnson each had two hits for Melville in their victory.
 
 
Lethbridge Bulls 5 at Brooks Bombers 7
The Brooks Bombers scored seven unanswered runs for a 7-5 come from behind victory over the Lethbridge Bulls.  The victory ended the Bombers four game losing streak and pushed their season record to 10-20. The Bulls fell to 18-13 overall.  
Cameron Kremers made his eighth start of the season for the Bombers. He finished the night allowing five runs, six hits and a walk over 7.1 innings. Kremers also struck out eight Bull batters as he picked up his second win of the year.
 
Bombers reliever AJ Rolle, who was born in Freeport, Bahamas, was credited with his first WMBL save.
 
Liam Sebastian started for Lethbridge but was chased from the game after four innings. Hunter Cunningham took the loss giving up three runs in one inning of work.
 
Nolan Handley hammered his fourth homer of the year and had a stolen base for the Bulls in a losing cause.
 
Bombers designated hitter Ashton Roy had two hits, a walk and scored two runs in the victory. Lee Thomas smashed a three-run homer run in the seventh inning. Thomas finished the night with two hits and five RBI.  
 
     
Fort McMurray Giants 18 at Medicine Hat Mavericks 6
The Fort McMurray Giants scored three runs in the first innings on the way to 18-6 win over the Medicine Hat Mavericks. The Giants victory halted Fort McMurray’s three game losing skid.
The Giants had 22 hits while the Mavericks managed 14 in the game.
 
Garrett Takamatsu, playing in just his fourth game this season for the Giants, had a huge game with his bat. His day included five hits, two doubles, a walk and a home run. Takamatsu also had three runs and five RBI.  
 
Tyler Friis, Max Hewitt and Travis Turner all had three hits each in the Giants win.
 
Medicine Hat’s Colton Wright and David Salgueiro pounded out three hits each for the Mavericks.
 
Tyler Moskalyk picked up his first win of the season pitching 5.2 innings for the Giants. Michael Carr took the loss, his fourth of the season, for the Mavericks.
 
 
Regina Red Sox 5 at Moose Jaw Miller Express 0
The Regina Red Sox got solid pitching and timely hitting to beat arch rival Moose Jaw 5-0 at Ross Wells Park Sunday night.
With the victory and the Swift Current loss to Weyburn, the Red Sox returned to first place in the Eastern Division with a 1.5 game lead over the second place 57’s. The 460 Miller Express fans watched as Regina became the first Eastern Division team to reach the 20-win mark this season. Moose Jaw is now 15-17.
 
Dalton England started and got credit for the Regina win. He pitched seven shutout innings facing 25 batters while allowing just four hits and three walks. Ruddy Estrella kept the Miller Express hitters at bay in the eighth before handing the ball to closer Kevin Borst who picked up the save.  
 
Bo Sheridan took the hill for the Moose Jaw Miller Express and had a very good seven inning outing. The Sox scored two runs on five hits while sending 29 batters to the plate against Sheridan, who was tagged with the loss.
 
The top of the Red Sox batting order once again caused havoc for opposing pitchers. In the top of the third inning Justin Erlandson went yard with a two-run shot that scored Corey Henderson. Erlandson’s homer made the score 2-0.  
 
In the ninth inning Jordan Schulz singled to score Nolan Ard, then Broderick Rodocker singled to send Justin Erlandson home. Jordan Schulz scored the Red Sox third run of the inning on a Derek Slate sacrifice fly to centre field. The inning ended with the scoreboard reading 5-0 for the Red Sox.
 
During the game, Moose Jaw hitters managed just four hits and two walks against Red Sox pitching.
 
Next action for the Red Sox is Monday night at Currie Field when the Weyburn Beavers visit Regina. Game time is 7:00 pm.
 
 
Swift Current 57s 3 at Weyburn Beavers 6
With Sunday’s 6-3 victory Sunday night, the Weyburn Beavers swept the Swift Current 57’s this weekend.  The pair of wins helped the Beavers grab sole possession of third place in the Eastern Division just four games back of the first place Regina Red Sox.
Weyburn’s leadoff hitter Luis Jimenez opened the scoring in the first inning with his first home run of the season. Swift Current tied the game when Keil Krumwiede went deep to tie the game in the top of the second inning.
 
The Beavers then scored three runs in the third inning to pull away from Swift Current and pick up their 17th win of the year.
 
Grant Van Scoy and Cole Thibideau each had a pair of hits for Swift Current, who only had eight hits in the game.  Zach Mathis led the Beavers batting charge with two hits and a double. He also stole a base in the Weyburn victory.
 
Guiberson made his first WMBL start for Swift Current and lasted just 4.1 innings. He gave up five runs and six hits in a losing effort.
 
Landon Mostellar made his fifth start for the Beavers. He pitched six innings in the win.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Games
Monday, July 10
Weyburn Beavers at Regina Red Sox
Moose Jaw Miller Express at Yorkton Cardinals
Edmonton Prospects at Brooks Bombers
 
 
Tuesday, July 11
Medicine Hat Mavericks at Brooks Bombers
Edmonton Prospects at Lethbridge Bulls
Weyburn Beavers at Regina Red Sox
Swift Current 57s at Fort McMurray Giants