07/03/2015 11:27 AM -
It was a special day for the Lethbridge Bulls on Canada Day 2015. The boys pulled off two come from behind victories to push their record to 20-5 on the season. Five games ahead of the second place Okotoks Dawgs in the Alberta Division.
In game one of the double header the Bulls fell behind 4-0 in the second inning. Pat Kelley was not as sharp as usual, and was on the end of some tough luck in that second inning. Kelley still managed to battle through 5 innings, giving up 5 runs and striking out 3. Heading to the 7th inning the Bulls found themselves down 5-2. Trace Hansen hit a 2 RBI single to tie the score at 5. Hansen was also the catalyst for the game-winning run. In the 9th inning, Hansen found himself at second base with two outs. He took off on the pitch and when the Swift Current catcher threw the ball past the third baseman, Hansen scampered home to score the game winning run where he was mobbed by his teammates. Hansen finished the game 2-5 with 3 RBI’s and two stolen bases for a season total of 13. He is now tied for the WMBL lead in stolen bases this season.
In the annual night game at Spitz Stadium the crowd was incredible. A Spitz Stadium record of 2082 fans flocked to watch the Bulls battle their way to a 3-1 victory over the Swift Current Indians on Wednesday evening. The sold out, standing room only crowd patiently waited all night for the Bulls to give them something to cheer about. It took until the 7th and 8th innings to get that opportunity.
Tyler Gibson started the game for the Bulls. In a somewhat shocking start to the game, Indians lead of hitter Darren Kolk blasted the first pitch of the game well over the right field wall for a lead off home run. That would be the only run the Indians would get the rest of the way. Gibson pitched great, throwing 7.2 innings surrendering just the one run in front of the sold out crowd. Chris Stodolka entered the game in relief and recorded the final four outs of the game for the Bulls. Stodolka continued his tremendous 2015 season. Pitching out of the back end of the Bulls bullpen, Stodolka is now 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched.
Swift Current Indians starting pitcher Andrew Malone kept the Bulls hitters off balance all night. Malone changed speeds and kept the ball down, to keep the Bulls high powered offense at bay. With two outs in the 7th, third baseman Ryan Pidhaichuk hit a double off the right field wall to score Mason Shiflett to tie the game at 1-1. The following inning 1st baseman Mitch Dorblut hit a single through left side of the infield to score Trace Hansen, and Josh Day to push the score to 3-1 for the Bulls. That is all of the run support the boys would need.
The Bulls are now 6-0 in their last 6 Canada Day games. The boys will return to action Friday afternoon when they take on the Edmonton Prospects in a day night double header in Edmonton. The Bulls return home Saturday and Sunday when they take on the Saskatchewan division leading Weyburn Beavers.