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Bulls Lose 5-1 To Kick Off Saskatchewan Road Trip

07/17/2017 3:15 PM -

The up and down season of the Bulls has continued throughout most of July. On Friday night the Bulls picked up two huge wins over the Medicine Hat Mavericks at Spitz Stadium to put a little bit of distance between the two teams. The Bulls currently sit in 2nd place in the West Division with a record of 21-16, 1.5 games ahead of the Mavericks, and 4 games behind Okotoks for first place. The Bulls are in Saskatchewan for the rest of the week, and will play two games against Weyburn and two against Moose Jaw. The boys will need to be sharp, as both teams are playing good baseball, and it is getting down to crunch time in the WMBL as we move towards the playoffs. 


The theme lately for the Bulls has been a lack of consistency. The team has struggled to put complete performances together on both sides of the ball, and it has cost the team games that they should not have lost. The general nature of the WMBL is that any team can win on any night, and so far this year that has proved to be true. Last night in Swift Current the Bulls lost 5-1. Early on in the game the Bulls put a lot of good swings on the ball, only to find the opposing teams gloves. That has been the case a lot in July for the Bulls, they have not caught a lot of breaks, but that is baseball, and the boys need to continue to fight through these dog days of summer. 


Alex Bishop continues to lead the team offensively. His batting average has dipped just a little bit, but he is still hitting a very solid .353 with 33 runs scored and 33 RBI's. Darius Carter and Blake Macdonald hold the only other averages above .300 for the Bulls. Macdonald is hitting .301 with 2 HR, and Carter is hitting an even .300 on the season. Catcher, Carter Witbeck is hitting .298 with 20 runs scored, and 21 RBI's in 2017. As a team the Bulls are hitting .273 which puts them in the middle of the pack in the league. Heading down the home stretch the Bulls will need to find some magic in those bats. There have been times this season where the bats have come alive, but also times where the boys have really struggled to consistently hit the ball hard. Hopefully the boys find that life in the bats for the remaining 4 games in Saskatchewan!


On the pitching side it seems to be a similar story. At times the pitching staff has looked phenomonal, and other times very inconsistent. Lethbridge native, Landen Bourassa has put together a very good season thus far. The big right hander is 3-0 in 4 starts with a 2.07 ERA, and 27 strikeouts in 26 innings. Greg Hollman has also pitched very well as a starter for Coach Sawyer's team. Hollman is 4-2 with a 3.79 ERA in 42.2 innings. Late inning guy, Dawson Moser has also had himself an outstanding campaign. The right hander from Arkansas has pitched 17.1 innings in relief with 3 saves, 26 strikeouts and a 1.55 ERA. 


The Bulls have 11 games remaining in the 2017 regular season. A lot can still happen over those 11 games, and the Bulls need to fight for every win. If they can be consistent in all three phases of the game (pitching, defense and hitting) they should be able to hang on to that 2nd spot in the division and get themselves home field advantage in the 1st round of the WMBL Playoffs.

 

Make sure you stay tuned for what should be an action packed stretch run!