08/10/2015 4:19 PM -
The Bulls gave the fans what they wanted this weekend at Spitz Stadium. Opening up with two games against division rival Medicine Hat, The Bulls won 13-3 and 6-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the second round series. With an all around team effort the Bulls have not dropped a game in this 2015 WMBL Playoffs. If they can continue that trend tonight the Bulls will move into the finals for the first time since 2006.
Saturday night 1100 great Bulls fans filled the stands and haulted the momentum of the Mavericks, who had won 3 straight games against Okotoks to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Clark Grisbrook pitched well for the Bulls. Grisbrook threw 6 innings giving up 4 hits, 3 runs while striking out 5. Grisbrook picked up his first win of the 2015 playoffs. Cole Slamko came on in relief and pitched fantastic until a line drive struck him in the calf. Slamko was forced to leave the game after recording the 1st out in the 8th inning. Andrew Grieder recorded the final 5 outs of the game for the Bulls.
On offense the Bulls used a balanced attack to bang out 16 hits on the night. All 9 starters recorded a hit in the game. The bottom of the order was on fire for the Bulls all night. Dylan Dyson was 2-5 with a run, Mitch Grisbrook was 3-4 with a run, Bretton Gouthro was 3-4 with an RBI and 3 runs scored, and in the 9 hole Evan Comeau was 2-4 with an RBI and 3 runs scored. Jacob Caples hit his first homerun of the playoffs, a two run shot in the 8th inning to left centre field.
In game two the Bulls continued their all around good team play to beat the Mavericks 6-1. Kyle Olliges earned his second win of the playoffs throwing 6 strong innings for the Bulls. Olliges gave up 7 hits surrendered 1 earned and struck out 4 Maverick batters. Reno Dupuis, Matthew Beaton and Chris Stodolka threw the final three innings of the game allowing only 1 hit over that time.
Eight out of the nine starters recorded a hit in the game. Brandon Bufton was 3-3 with a run and an RBI to bring his playoff batting average to .450. Continuing his torrid playoffs Bretton Gouthro was 2-4 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored. Bretton crushed a pitch to the wall for a 2 RBI triple in the fifth inning to extend the Bulls lead to 6-0. Gouthro is hitting a ridiculous .667 through 5 playoff games. Not to be outdone Dylan Dyson was 2-4 with an RBI, which brings his playoff average to .526 thus far.
The Bulls will look to remain hot as they head to Medicine Hat tonight to take on the Mavs in a do or die game for them. The Bulls know that Medicine Hat will not go down without a fight. In the first round the Mavs saw themselves in the exact same 0-2 hole and stormed back to win the series. The Bulls will try to stop that from happening at 7:05 tonight at Athletic Park.