By Yoos, Cam on June 12, 2019.
Lethbridge Herald -Melville, Sask.
Lethbridge Bulls were held to five hits in a 4-1 loss to the Melville Millionaires Tuesday night to begin the team’s Western Canadian Baseball League road trip through Saskatchewan.
The Bulls fell to 5-6 on the season while Melville snapped a five-game losing streak and moved to 4-8.
Chris Paruleski of Melville and Jaden Griffin of the Bulls were locked in a pitchers’ duel in the early going. Paruleski worked five and two-third innings of one-hit ball, striking out six, while Griffin tossed four innings of one-hit ball while fanning eight.
However, three free passes by Griffin in the bottom of the first inning set the stage for a two-out RBI single by Dalton Horner.
The Millionaries built on their lead with a three-run fifth inning off Bulls’ reliever Cal Tecklenburg. Ryan Moormeyer had an RBI double to make it 2-0, before Jake Green and Kaiden Zacharias added run-scoring singles.
Tecklenburg pitched one and one-third innings, before Tevin Hall finished with two and two-thirds scoreless. Bulls’ pitchers combined to record 13 strikeouts.
Kaleb Warden scored an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning for the Lethbridge run. Warden finished 2-for-4 for the lone multi-hit effort for Lethbridge.
Chris Lacher finished with three and one-third scoreless innings for Melville, scattering four hits and striking out four.
Evan Moore, Zacharias, and Horner all had two hits for the winners.
The teams play again tonight, the middle game of their three-game series.