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Bulls Sweep the Giants to Start 4-0!

06/05/2017 2:19 PM -

The Lethbridge Bulls got off to as good a start as they could have over the weekend at Spitz Stadium. Three games against Fort McMurray, and three wins later the boys sit at 4-0 as they head to Medicine Hat tonight for the first meeting between the two West Division rivals.


Friday night was the Bulls home opener in 2017, and the boys did not disappoint. After jumping out to a 5-1 lead through four innings, the Bulls struggled in the 7th inning giving up 7 runs. It seemed as though everything the Giants hit in the inning found a hole, and the Bulls couldn’t catch a break. Heading to the bottom of the 7th the Bulls found themselves down 9-5, needing a spark to get back into the game. The spark came in the form of two long balls from Brock Frentzel, and Jesse Hilyard, both two run shots. Dawson Moser picked up his first win of the season pitching 1.2 innings in relief, and veteran reliever Chris Stodolka picked up his first save in the 2017 campaign.


Saturday night was a much lower scoring game, but ended in the same result for the Bulls. An all around good effort from top to bottom ended with the Bulls beating the Giants 5-3. Brady Moxham started on the mound and battled his way through 4.1 innings. Moxham struggled a little with command, but only allowed 3 hits and 1 earned run while walking 6 and striking out 6 on the night. The bullpen took over in the 5th and shut the Giants down the rest of the way. Chris Stodolka pitched a scoreless 9th to pick up his second save in as many nights. On the offensive side of the ball, outfielder Nolan Handley led the way going 3-4 with 2 runs and an RBI. First baseman Alex Bishop also continued to swing a hot bat, picking up 2 hits in 3 AB’s with a run and an RBI.


Sunday afternoon marked the end of the series, and the Bulls finished off the early season sweep with a 6-5 walk off win. Both teams got off to fast starts, and the game was tied 5-5 through 3 innings. Nolan Handley picked up his first homerun of the season, an opposite field 2 run shot in the 1st inning. Through four games Handley is hitting .529 with 7 runs scored, 2 2B, a HR and 4 RBI’s. Carter Witbeck also had a great afternoon going 4-5 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored. Witbeck was also the hero in the 9th inning, with the walk off single to right field that scored Dylan Flasch for the winning run. Witbeck now has two, four hit games so far this season. On the mound PBA freshman Liam Sabiston started. After a shaky start, Sabiston settled in to go 5 innings. Those 5 innings were enough, as coach Sawyer handed the ball over to the bullpen, who continued to pitch well. Louis Corral threw 3 scoreless innings, and Ben Erwin through the top of the 9th, recording a very rare 4 strikeout inning to pick up the win.


Coach Sawyer’s squad will pick up some reinforcements tonight as four LSUS players will be in town and ready for tonight’s game in Medicine Hat. Monday will be the first meeting between the two division rivals, and it will be the home opener for the Mavericks at Athletic Park. Let’s hope the Bulls can continue their early season success and spoil their home opener for their 5th straight win in 2017!