06/22/2015 9:50 AM -
The Bulls were perfect on their road trip to Saskatchewan last week. The boys were scheduled to play four games, two against Yorkton, two against Melville, but a rain suspended game in Melville on the last day of the trip meant the boys left Saskatchewan 3-0. In 6 games in Saskatchewan this season the Bulls are 5-1.
On Tuesday night the Bulls were the beneficiaries of a fantastic start from Pat Kelley. Kelley pitched 8 innings, with 6 hits, 2 ER and 4 strikeouts. Kelley now sits with a 3-0 record and 1.23 ERA on the 2015 Season. Jake Hansen recorded his first save of the season in relief of Kelley. On the offensive side, the Bulls pounded out 11 hits. Eight of the Bulls nine starters recorded at least one hit. Josh Day got his first start for the Bulls after arriving from the United States and went 2-4 with an RBI. Travis Steinke was 3-5 and Ryan Pidhaichuk was 1-3 with 2 RBI’s.
In the second game against Yorkton the Bulls powered their way past the Cardinals 12-4. The boys put up 18 hits in a game for the second time this season, cruising to the victory. Five different Bulls players had multi-hit nights. Leading the way was catcher Travis Steinke who was 4-6 with a run scored and 2 RBI. The one through three hitters in the order all collected three hits on the evening. Josh Day was 3-6 with 2 runs and 2 RBI’s, Trace Hansen was 3-6 with 2 runs scored and Brandon Bufton was 3-5 with a run scored and 2 RBI’s. The top 5 hitters in the line up combined to go 15-29 (.517) in the contest. John Cavness started the game on the mound for the Bulls and went 4 innings surrendering 4 runs. Cavness was forced to leave the game with some discomfort in his throwing arm. Cole Slamko was excellent in relief finishing the game going 5 scoreless innings and giving up only 2 Cardinal hits to earn his first win of the season.
In the final game of the trip the Bulls continued to swing the bats in an 11-3 victory over the Melville Millionares. For the second game in a row all of the starters except for one recorded a hit on the evening. Newcomer Josh Day continued swinging a hot stick going 3-6 on the night. Travis Steinke was 1-3 with 3RBI’s to put him in the WMBL lead with 18 RBI’s on the season. Kyle Olliges was effective in picking up his 3rd win of the 2015 season. Olliges went 5 innings giving up 3 hits and striking out 7 Melville batters. Andrew Grieder pitched 4 innings in relief giving up 1 hit and 1 run.