06/08/2016 2:07 PM -
The Bulls Pitching staff was a main reason for the clubs 5th regular season win in Yorkton on Monday. Tanner Jesson-Dalton had the ball for the Bulls on Tuesday night, after some early inning struggles with location, Dalton overcame the early jitters, and left a number of Cardinal base runners stranded. Tanner threw a respectable 5 innings, with 6 strikeouts, and 0 earned runs for the Win. Landen Bourassa a Lethbridge native had his first relief appearance on the year. Landen touched down in Lethbridge on Monday from a late playoff run with his College team. He entered the game in the 6th inning and shut down Cardinal offense by striking out 5 out of 7 hitters he faced in 2 innings of work. Closing out the game in the 8th and 9th innings was Terrell Dorsey, he had complete command of his nasty change-up that caught the Cards offense off balance. Terrell recorded 1 strikeout and gave up no runs in his two innings of work.
As for the defense, the bulls had a season high of 4 errors but managed to limit the damage to 1 run. "The seven hour bus ride played a big part in our defense and the boys will be well rested and ready to step it up for Wednesday nights game vs. the Melville Millionaires" said head coach Ryan Macdonald. Yorkton's infield was also a little bit softer then what the boys are used to in Lethbridge.
The Bulls offense was on and off throughout the evening. The first base hit for the Bulls came in the top of the second inning, a lead-off double by veteran Travis Steinke. Offensive threat Matt Benn singled up the middle and Steinke advanced to third on the hit. A throwing error to second by Cardinal catcher, scored Steinke for the Bulls first run. 9-hole hitter Nolan Handley squeaked a hit over the second baseman’s head and Matt Benn advanced home for a 2 run inning. The boys lead off the 5th inning with 3 straight walks and Yorkton’s starting pitcher was removed from the game. Brock Frentzel hit a clutch 2 out opposite field double that scored two runs. Handley led off the 6th inning with a pull-side double and Evan Comeau walked the next at-bat. The runners were on 1st and 2nd for Ryan Pouwells who crushed a 3-2 fastball for his first triple of the season scoring both Handley and Comeau. The Bulls combined for 7 hits against the Yorkton pitching staff distributed by Pouwells, Steinke, Benn, Malec, and Handley.
After all was said and done the Bulls were happy with their 7-1 win over the Cardinals but will surely come more prepared on Wednesday night. It was clear that the long day took its toll on some of the players. Coach MacDonald left the boys with a few words "a win is a win, but the offense needs to be better and continue to be aggressive in the strike zone. If we can do that we will be tough to beat."
The Bulls will continue on their 6 game road trip on Wednesday night when they take on the Melville Millionaires. Game time is 7:05pm.