06/13/2016 3:07 PM -
On day 6 of the Lethbridge Bulls away road trip to Saskatchewan, the boys sat with a 4-1 record coming off a 14-7 win against the hard-nosed Regina Red Sox. The Bulls could have easily given up and called it a successful trip taking their foot off the gas their last game, but in fact it was the opposite. The Bulls were up 3-0 going into the bottom of the 4th when Red Sox offense found a spark by putting a 5 spot on the board making it 5-3 for the Sox. One inning later Regina scored 1 more. Lethbridge battled back by scoring 3 runs in the top of the 7th tying the game!! A short defensive lapse for the Bulls in the bottom of the 7th with a 2 out error scoring Regina Red Sox base runner from 3rd. The game now sitting at 7-6 Regina…..didn’t change for the remainder of the game. Lethbridge simply had no more gas in the tank as the Sox 90mph closing pitcher shut down the Bulls hopes for a comeback.
Veteran Luc Hebert started on the bump for the Bulls on Sunday afternoon. Hebert started strong by sitting down the first two hitters of the game with violent strikeouts, continuing to have a three up three down inning in the first, set the tone early for Luc. The first inning was much like the next two innings of work for Hebert. Although, something changed in the bottom of the 4th for the Red Sox hitters, they managed a hot streak banging some balls around and put up 5 runs. Reliable starting pitcher Luc Hebert was substituted with one out for mid- reliever Kregg Snook who quickly put water on the Red Sox fire by finishing the inning with 3 runners left on base. Other Bullpen work came from Landen Bourassa and Terrell Dorsey by combining 4 strikeouts in 4 innings with 2 runs and 1 earned charged to Bourassa (3.0 innings for Bourassa and 1.0 for Dorsey).
Offensively, both teams had 11 hits apiece. Bull’s catcher, Carter Witbeck had a stunning day at the dish going 4 for 4 with 4 singles. He undoubtedly was the spark for Lethbridge offense. Following Witbeck, was center fielder Brian Ray who went 2 for 4 with two timely hits to the right side picking up a pair of RBI’s. Staying hot, Lachlan Mayo was 1 or 4 on the afternoon with a walk. Good heads up base running by the Aussie Outfielder (Mayo) allowed him to cross home plate twice. Also, Comeau, Steinke, Dornblut, and newcomer Dominic Mercurio all had one hit a piece for the Bull’s offense. These valiant offensive efforts, unfortunately, were not quite enough to come away with the victory.
Defensively, the Bulls also matched the Red Sox with 2 costly errors that turned out to be a difference maker in the game. “In a tight ball game like Sunday afternoon, one play or call can change the outcome of the game…especially with the caliber of baseball in the WMBL” said Assistant Coach Jesse Sawyer. Which is exactly what happened to the worn out Lethbridge Bull’s in Game 6 of 6 of their Saskatchewan Road trip.
The boy’s have a day to rest for their Tuesday night Home Game at 7:05PM vs. the Okotoks Dawgs. Last time these two teams faced off it was a nail-bitter until the end with the Dawgs coming out on top 4-3. The Bulls have a bad taste in their mouth from their last match-up and will be coming out guns loaded on Tuesday Night!! Stay tuned and don’t forget to purchase tickets for this game online or at the Spitz Stadium Office. 403-320-2025.