06/01/2016 3:51 PM -
The Bulls have had a pretty eventful last few days due to Mother Nature. After winning the opening game of the season 4-3 in extra innings against the expansion Fort McMurray Giants on Sunday afternoon, the boys were only able to get 4 and a half innings in, in the nightcap. The two teams were schedule to finish the incomplete game and then finish off the 3 game set on Monday night, but it rained hard all day in Edmonton forcing the cancellation. So three games into the season and the Bulls have a game and a half to make up due to the rain.
Tuesday night brought much better weather. The Bulls headed from Edmonton to Brooks during the day to play the other expansion team in the league this year, the Brooks Bombers. The Bulls were able to take a 6-2 victory over the Bombers to move their record to 2-0, and dating back to last season the Bulls have now won 11 straight WMBL contests.
Nathan Lainhart started on the mound for the Bulls. Lainhart’s first start as a Bull was a memorable one. He had the Brooks hitters off balance all night and picked up his first WMBL win. All told Lainhart went 7 innings, surrendering only 6 hits, no runs, no walks, striking out 6. Lainhart commanded the strike zone with all three of his pitches, and got some timely defense behind him. Veteran shortstop Evan Comeau returned to the team on Tuesday night, and as any Bulls fan has seen over the past few years brought a huge lift at shortstop. Comeau made a couple incredible plays that he makes seem routine time after time. Ryan Pouwells moved to second base with Comeau back in the lineup and the middle infield pair looked like they had been playing together for years. The duo managed to roll a couple pretty double plays to get the Bulls out of jams in the middle of the game.
On offense the Bulls are starting to get the bats going. A 13 hit effort led by catcher Travis Steinke was enough to down the Bombers. Steinke went 4-5 on the night with a run scored and 2 RBI’s. Steinke had two singles, a double and a homerun on the evening. Ryan Pouwells, Nolan Handley, and Mitch Dornblut also had two hits apiece.
The Bulls will return home for the next few days before heading off to Saskatchewan for their annual Saskatchewan road trip next week. Wednesday night the Bulls will take on the Hurricanes in a charity softball game that will support the Alzheimer’s society. That games starts at 7:05pm at Spitz Stadium.
Friday night is the Bulls home opener. The boys will host the Edmonton Prospects starting at 7:05pm at Spitz Stadium. The weather is suppose to be beautiful so make sure you come out and support your 2015 WMBL Champions as they kick off their home schedule. Tickets are still available. If you would like to attend the game please contact the Spitz Stadium office at 403-320-2025.