07/19/2017 1:14 AM -
Saskatchewan Day in the WMBL
“The First Annual Saskatchewan Day provides the opportunity to look back at the origins of what has become Canada’s premiere summer collegiate baseball league. Today, the WMBL can trace its roots back nearly 80 years to so many Saskatchewan based teams, and it is fitting that on Saskatchewan Day, we celebrate this legacy. Without those early days and original teams, there is no question the WMBL would not be all it is today. As the Dawgs celebrate our 10 years in Okotoks this season, we are honoured to part of the First Saskatchewan Day Celebrations.”
William Gardner, Okotoks board of directors.
Edmonton 5 at Melville 2
The Edmonton Prospects defeated the Melville Millionaires 5-2. Edmonton upped their record 20-18 while Melville fell to 11-27.
Finnigan Duffield made his sixth start of the season for the Prospects and with the win improved his record to 2-3. Andrew Mirasty, the senior from Arizona Christian notched his eighth save.
Melville starter Brody Curry was tagged with the loss after throwing eight innings.
Edmonton shortstop Zane Takhar had a hit, a run, a walk and three RBI.
Vinny Martin the senior from UBC had two hits and a walk for Melville, who have now lost five straight games.
Both teams had six hits but the difference in the game was the five errors committed by Melville.
Brooks 5 at Swift Current 7
Brooks opened the scoring in the first inning then Swift Current responded with five runs to grab the lead. The 57’s hung on to win 7-5 and improve to 25-12. With the victory, Swift Current remained tied with Regina for first place in the Eastern Division. Brooks is now 14-25 on the season.
494 fans were on hand at Mitchell Field to witness Dustin Wells pick up his fourth straight game Juan Carreon started for Brooks and went seven innings in the loss.
Ashton Roy continues to have an outstanding season with the Bombers. He had two doubles that raised his batting average to .356. He also added a pair of RBI in the loss.
Swift Current’s Riley Campbell had three hits and a walk in the Swift Current victory. Grant Van Scoy hit his second home run of the year.
Okotoks 6 at Yorkton 4
Okotoks scored six runs in the first two innings to set the tone at Jubilee Park. The Cardinals battled back but just fell short to drop the contest 6-4 to the Dawgs. With the victory over the Cardinals, the Okotoks Dawgs earned their 25th win of the 2017 campaign.
Okotoks sent Anthony Balderas to the hill in his fourth start for the Dawgs. He did not disappoint pitching six solid innings to earn his fourth win of the season. Closer Tyler Burdett struck out two in an inning of work to earn his 10 save of the season.
Local product Tyson Black was tagged with the loss after he pitched just three innings in his fifth start of the year.
Okotoks had a few long ball highlights as Kody Funderburk hammered his league leading 12th home run. Greg Cullen also went yard for the Dawgs.
Yorkton outfielder Hank Forrest had two hits in four at bats.
Medicine Hat 7 at Moose Jaw 5
The Medicine Hat Mavericks needed 11 innings to get past Moose Jaw 7-5.
Tanner Helms pitched two innings of relief for the Mavericks to pick up his fourth win. The save went to Brady Tedesco the sophomore from South Mountain Community College.
Brampton, ON native Zach Fascia made his eighth relief appearance and took the loss for Moose Jaw after pitching just one inning.
Louie Canjura drove in Jaxson Hooge and then scored later in the inning to provide the go ahead and insurance runs for Medicine Hat in the 11th inning.
Moose Jaw had four stolen bases as they dipped to 18-20 on the year.
365 fans were at Ross Wells Park as the Mavericks battled for their 21st win of the year.
Lethbridge 9 at Weyburn 2
These two evenly matched ball clubs, Lethbridge, 22-17, and Weyburn, 22-16, put on an entertaining show for the 363 fans at Tom Laing Park. The Bulls edged Yorkton 9-2 for the win.
Lethbridge rode the arm of Landen Bourassa, who was credited with the win while Garrett Waters went eight innings in the loss. It was Waters first loss of the year.
The Bulls had homeruns from Ryan Pouwells and Dylan Borman and doubles from Brett Semeniuk, Brock Frentzel, and Pouwells powered the Bulls past Weyburn.
Weyburn had seven hits from seven different batters.
Fort McMurray 7 at Regina 26
The Regina Red Sox impressed the 907 fans at Currie Field as they pounded out 32 hits on their way to a 26-7 win over the Fort McMurray Giants. It was the Giants first ever visit to Currie Field
Red Sox starter Jake Waters earned his sixth win in eight starts. Waters pitched a solid seven innings giving up one run on two hits and three walks. He also struck out four.
Samuel Hersh lasted one inning for the Giants giving up 12 runs on 11 hits.
Broderick Rodocker hit his team best ninth homer while Justin Erlandson helped out with a pair of doubles and his fifth triple of the season in the rout. All 10 Red Sox batters registered at least one hit in the game.
Corey Coklin was one of seven Giant hitters to get a hit in the game. He also had two RBI.
With the victory, Regina remains tied for first place in the Eastern Division with Swift Current. Both teams have a 25-12 record.