06/19/2016 10:15 AM -
It took all night, but the Bulls pulled out two wins against the Fort McMurray Giants on Saturday night in rain soaked Lethbridge. The boys needed to bounce back after a very tough loss against Okotoks on Friday night. The Bulls saw a 3 run lead evaporate in the bottom of the 9th to hand the Dawgs an 11-10 victory. Saturday night started with the completion of a rain delayed game from earlier in the season. Ironically this game was also delayed by rain. Just before the opening pitch the skies opened up and the tarp had to be put on the field. After a 40-minute delay the Bulls started with a 3-0 lead in the 5th inning, and finished out the Giants 8-4. Tanner Jesson-Dalton went 2 innings to bring his total to 6 in the game. All told Dalton threw 6 innings allowing only 2 hits and striking out 7. Dalton now sits with a 3-0 record with a 1.08 ERA so far this season. Lachlan Mayo hit his second homerun in as many nights finishing the contest 2-5 with 3 runs scored and an RBI.
After another delay following the completion of the make-up game, the boys did not get on the field until 10:20pm. The fans that stuck it out were treated to a very good baseball game. Both starting pitchers threw extremely well on the night. Fort McMurray’s starter Adam Kimmel was on cruise control through the first 4 innings of the 7-inning contest. The Bulls would get to him late in the game. For the Bulls, Trey Faulconer pitched his best game of the season to this point. Faulconer went the complete game surrendering 8 hits, 3 runs, 0 walks and striking out 2. Other than a couple missed spots that cost him 3 runs in the 3rd inning Faulconer held the Giants scoreless in every other inning. Coach Sawyer had this to say about Faulconer’s outing. “Faulconer really kept the team in the ball game and gave us a chance to win at the end. He could have easily let things unravel after the 3rd inning, but he dug in and didn’t give up a run the rest of the way.”
On the offensive side of the ball the boys struggled to get the bats going early registering four zeros in a row to start the contest. The Bulls scratched one across in the 5th on a Ryan Pouwells groundout. In the 6th the boys would tie it up at 3-3 on RBI’s by Mike Moffatt and Nolan Handley. Faulconer put up his last zero in the top of the 7th, which gave the boys a chance to walk off the Giants. They didn’t disappoint. With one out in the inning Evan Comeau advanced to 1st on a hit by pitch to get things going. Ryan Pouwells followed with an infield single to put runners on 1st and second with only one out. Mitch Mcgeein was next and after a wild pitch advanced the runners, McGeein delivered a rocket to left field to score Comeau and give the Bulls the hard fought 4-3 victory.
With that win the Bulls now sit with a 12-4 record on the year. As of Sunday morning the Bulls are one game back of the Medicine Hat Mavericks in the West Division. The Bulls have not faced the Mavs so far this season. The Bulls will host Medicine Hat on Tuesday for the two rivals first meeting of the year. The boys will head to Med Hat on Wednesday evening to complete the home and home.
The Bulls will complete their series with the Fort McMurray Giants this afternoon at Spitz Stadium. Game time is 2:05pm.