06/27/2017 2:52 PM -
The Bulls took 2 of 3 games against the Okotoks Dawgs over the weekend to get themselves back into 1st place in the Western Division in the WMBL. The team is now 20 games into the 2017 season, and the Bulls hold a record of 13-7. Canada Day is coming up this weekend, and as always it will be a great time to come out and see the Bulls play, with fireworks capping off the night. The Bulls take on the Yorkton Cardinals in a doubleheader on Canada Day this year. Game 1 of the doubleheader will be at 2:05pm, and the nightcap will be at 7:35pm at Spitz Stadium. If you are looking to get tickets for the Canada Day festivities please click here, or contact the Spitz Stadium office at 403-320-2025.
The Bulls have had a very tough schedule to start the 2017 season. 17 of their 20 games have come against West Division opponents. The other 3 games have been against Swift Current or Regina, who hold the top two spots in the Eastern Division of the WMBL. Right now the Bulls are halfway through their six straight games against the Okotoks Dawgs. The Dawgs sit only 0.5 games back of Lethbridge for the top spot in the division. Considering the tough schedule the Bulls 13-7 record is very good. Moving into the middle stretch of the summer the Bulls will need to maintain their focus, and fight for every game. Giving away even a couple games now could end up coming to bite teams at the end of the season when fighting for the top spot in the standings.
The Bulls have shown glimpses of brilliance on both sides of the ball in 2017. Like every team though, the Bulls have had a lack of consistency at times with both hitting and pitching. As of writing this article the Bulls have a .276 team batting average. First baseman Alex Bishop is leading the way. Bishop is hitting .387 with 15 runs scored, 5 2B, 4 HR and 19 RBI. Carter Witbeck and Nolan Handley have slowed a little, but still hold impressive numbers with averages of .320 and .319 respectively. Witbeck has scored 14 runs and driven in 15, while Handley has scored 12 and driven in 12. If the Bulls want to continue leading the way in the West, they will need those three hitters to anchor the middle of the order for Coach Sawyer’s squad.
On the pitching side the Bulls have done very well all year when they can get the ball to the back end of their bullpen with a lead. Veteran Chris Stodolka leads the WMBL with 8 saves in 20 games. In total Stodolka has pitched 10 innings, struck out 13 and pitched to a 0.90 ERA. Dawson Moser has been just as good pitching primarily in the 8th inning. Moser has thrown 11 innings, struck out 16 with a 0.81 ERA and a 3-1 record. As for the starters Greg Hollman leads the way with a 3-0 record in 25.1 innings pitched. Hollman has struck out 22 hitter’s, while only giving up 3 walks and pitching to a 3.19 ERA. Brady Moxham is 1-1 in 4 starts with a 3.85 ERA, 23 K’s in 23.1 innings pitched. Lethbridge native Landen Bourassa made his first start for the Bulls last week in a great outing against the Brooks Bombers. Bourassa pitched 6 scoreless innings, gave up 3 hits and struck out 6 Bombers batters to earn his first victory of the season. As a pitching staff the Bulls hold a 4.70 ERA and a 158/93 strikeout to walk ratio.
As noted earlier in this article, this is a very important week/weekend for the Bulls. The boys have three more games against the Okotoks Dawgs before taking on the Yorkton Cardinals for Canada Day. Come on out and support the Bulls through this very important stretch of baseball. It is always nice when the boys can feel the support of the home crowd at Spitz Stadium!