By Lethbridge Herald on June 6, 2019.
Ashton Roy had a feast at the dish Wednesday night.
It resulted in a phenomenal stats night as the second baseman for the
Lethbridge Bulls slugged three home runs — including a grand slam —
and nine RBI as the Bulls charged past the Brooks Bombers 22-5 in
Western Canadian Baseball League play Wednesday night at Spitz Stadium.
That gives the Bulls their third straight double-digit game as well as
their third straight win that improves them to 4-3 on the season.
And in Wednesday’s outing, Roy supplied nearly half the offensive
output with his three-tater and nine-RBI game, going 4-for-6.
“I was feeling pretty good tonight,” said Roy, who nearly added
another home run in the eighth inning. “My last at-bat I had to really
step out and really control myself. I was getting a little anxious and
I wanted to hit another one, but it was good.”
Roy slugged a two-run shot in the first inning, added a three-run
round-tripper in the fifth and completed the hat trick in grand- slam
style with a shot over the centre field fence in the sixth.
“He threw the same pitch twice, he made a mistake and I hammered
it,” said Roy, who has four home runs and 16 RBI on the season.
With the chance to have a three-home-run game, Bulls head coach Jesse
Sawyer said there was no way he could take his second baseman out of
“I’ll tell you what, the last couple of games I had taken him out
early,” he said. “He had a great night a couple of nights ago and I
got somebody else in. He came to me before the third home run and said
‘Coach, are you going to keep me in tonight?’ You don’t get many
chances to hit three home runs in a game and then he goes out there
and does it. He’s been the spark of our team. He’s been the energy guy
and he’s been great for us all year.”
The Bulls scattered 22 hits on a night when the team nonetheless put
up five errors. But the bats more than made up for it.
A big test beckons tonight as the undefeated Okotoks Dawgs (6-0) visit
Spitz Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
Lethbridge’s Robert Bostedt batted 4-for-6 with three runs and two
RBI, while Grant Kerry was 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Liam Vulcano
was 3-for-5 with four runs scored and three RBI, including his first
home run of the year.
Brett Mercier also had his first homer of the season while Roger Riley
was 2-for-5 with three runs scored.
Bulls reliever Kai Poffenroth took the win for the Bulls, throwing one
and two-thirds innings, allowing two hits and three strikeouts.
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