06/11/2018 10:18 AM -
It was a weekend to remember as the Lethbridge Bulls played in the opening series in the newly renovated Spitz Stadium.
The series opened with the VisitLethbridge.com Home Opener against the Okotoks Dawgs. Skies were blue, the sun was shining, it was a perfect night for baseball, but the Bulls were unable to steal the win as the Dawgs spoiled a night to remember with a 6-4 win.
Kicking off the night was the grand opening ceremony for the new Spitz Stadium. Fans were excited as members of the Spitz Stadium Society, who were welcomed to the beautiful facility to see the new additions.
The Bulls turned to Jaden Griffin on the mound for the Home Opener and he did not disappoint. Griffin pitched 7 innings while allowing 5 hits, 3 runs and wowing fans with 8 strikeouts in the losing cause as the Dawgs prevailed when it was all said and done.
Outfielders, Hank Forrest and Brett Mercier both put together an impressive day at the plate as they clubbed two doubles each.
The Bulls jumped out to a quick start, but were unable to claw out runs during the course of the game. With a 1-0 lead after the first inning, the Bulls looked to have the momentum to start the game. It was quickly changed after the Dawgs took a 3-1 lead in the fifth, which dampened the mood of most, as you could feel it in the building.
Fighting back came the Bulls as they got within one run in the eighth after a Blake MacDonald sac fly, making it a score of 4-3. Things were looking good and you could feel the momentum swing for the home town club.
Into the ninth, the Dawgs shot right back, giving themselves some insurance making it a score of 6-3. The one run in the bottom of the inning wasn't enough, as the Bulls dropped the VisitLethbridge.com Home Opener 6-4.
The night was not to be forgotten as Spitz Stadium stole the show. Fans were welcomed with the great additions, which saw many positive reviews who many noted it revamped the baseball atmosphere in the park.
Coming into the second game of the series the next day, the Bulls looked to get revenge on the long time rival Dawgs and turned to Andrew on the mound looking for some hope to turn the season around after a 1-6 start.
pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 5 on the day in a heart breaking loss by a score of 8-5.
The Dawgs seemed to have the momentum after the first inning, taking an early lead, then adding on more in the second and third, good enough for a 4-0 lead.
The Bulls fought back scoring 3 in the fifth, giving themselves a bit of life, until the seventh inning when the Dawgs scored 4, putting this game out of reach once and for all.
Lethbridge's Blake MacDonald hit a home-run, his second of the season and went 4-5 with 3 RBI. MacDonald has been the MVP for this team so far, giving everything he has and trying to turn this ugly start around.
The Bulls fell to 1-7 on the season after Saturday's 8-5 loss.
Playing in their third game in three days, the Bulls needed a win to avoid further damage to this season taking on the Brooks Bombers in the road-matchup and they did just that. With a humongous 13-7 win, the Bulls improved their record to 2-7 on the season.
The team was lead by Brett Mercier's long grand-slam, which eventually lead to be the game-winning hit.
Along with Mercier's great night, Australia's Lachlan Mayo put up 4 RBI helping his team in the big win. Brett went 3-3 scoring 2 runs and reached base safely in 4 plate appearances in his amazing night at the plate as well.
The Bulls had 5 pitchers work in the game, with Chris Messer getting the start on the mound. Austin , walked away with the credited win after pitching 2.2 innings and striking out 2.
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