05/30/2016 11:22 AM -
Beginning the 2016 season, if the defending champions thought the first win would be easy...they were far from right. Opening Day on the road for the short staffed Bulls began with beautiful weather and nothing but smiles in the first couple innings. Not too long after both teams found themselves in a tight competitive ball game. Every out and run was just as important as the next.
Out of towner Lachan Mayo went 2-5 on the day with a pair of singles. He drove in Ryan Powells who turned out to be the deciding run in the 4-3 win in the 10 inning victory.
Tieing the game in the 8th when being down 1 run for 3 inning, the Bulls put their heads down and grinded out a Win. All 4 RBI's were distributed between Matt Benn, Lachan Mayo, Carter Witbeck, and Nolan Handley.
Returning Bull Luc Hebert started the game on the mound and went 6 strong innings with 4 strikeouts. Unfortunately the Bulls offense could not put up enough runs to award Herbert the win.
Terrell Dorsey came into relieve Hebert in the 7th and pitched for 3 outs giving up 1 run. Dylan Therox came into the 8th and quickly shut down the Giants Offense facing 4 batters and giving up no runs.
The 9th and 10th innings were controlled by Bulls Closing Pitcher Caleb Norton. Pitching with the pressure on, submarine specialist Norton faced only 1 batter over the minimum (7 Total) and striking out the last two batters in the Bottom of the 10th the bring the Bulls to their first victory of the season.
Both teams combined for 0 errors making up a very clean game defensively.
Brock Frenzel made an outstanding highlight reel diving catch on a shallow fly ball in center field for the Bulls.
Carter Whitbeck had soft hands at 2nd base making two backhanded plays.
Travis Steinke grinded out 9 innings behind the dish and caught one Giant trying to swipe 2nd base!
All that were involved from fans to players to community supporters, came to the yard and enjoyed a great game of baseball on Sunday afternoon. The best part about the game of baseball is that once we walk onto the field, it is a special sanctuary that fans and players can focus on the present moment and the game ahead. It was a two hour isolation from the tragic Fort Mac fire that has left so many of our close brothers and sisters homeless. We came together as one through fierce competition and stayed #Albertastrong.