06/27/2022 3:14 PM -
The bats came alive this weekend for the Lethbridge Bulls as they took two of three at home against the Fort McMurray Giants.
After a torrential Friday rainfall, the Bulls and Giants had to play two seven inning games on Saturday night. The pitching staff shined in game 1 of the doubleheader. Bulls starter Joseph Sinclair and Ben Erwin combined to only allow two runs. Carter Claerhout provided all the offence the Bulls would need with a majestic three run home run over the wall in right-center field. The Bulls took the first game by a final score of 4-2.
The story of game two was the offence of both sides as the Bulls and Giants combined for 16 runs in seven innings, which was not enough to decide the fate of the game. The Giants would scratch a run across in the top half of the extra 8th inning which was all they would need. Center fielder Reiss Calvin made a perfect throw to retire Carlin Dick at the plate for the final out of the game and secure a 9-8 win for the Fort McMurray Giants
With the series on the line in the Sunday afternoon rubber match, the big bats came to play for the Lethbridge Bulls. After starter Max Benton was shelled for 6 runs on 9 hits over 2 innings, the Bulls answered for 7 runs off Fort McMurray pitching in the first two innings to lead 7-6. The hits kept coming all afternoon for Lethbridge as they took the rubber match 11-9.
Kalem Haney led the charge for the Bulls going 4 for 4 and drawing a walk.
“I’ve been seeing the ball really well, putting good swings on it, getting over fielders it’s been nice”
Bulls head coach Chance Wheatley says he was happy with the result of the weekend.
“I thought we hit really well all weekend, need to clean up some defensive miscues but overall, I was happy with the effort.”
The Bulls welcomed two new additions to the clubhouse with corner infielder Brandon Nicoll and outfielder Carlin Dick making their debuts this weekend. Wheatley says the duo add an element of depth to the team.
“They really lengthen out our lineup, give out lineup some depth. It’s something we’ve kind of been missing. It was big to have them this weekend.”
The Lethbridge Bulls continue a six game homestand when the first place Okotoks Dawgs roll into Spitz Stadium on Tuesday night. First pitch is at 7:05pm, tickets are available online or in-person at the Bulls box office.