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Bulls split weekend series with Prospects

By Lethbridge Herald on June 6, 2022.

Herald Photo by Justin Seward Lethbridge Bulls first baseman Carter Claerhout was a tad late in catching the throw at first to get the out against the Edmonton Prospects on Sunday at Spitz Stadium.

By Justin Seward

Lethbridge Herald

The Lethbridge Bulls ended the weekend on a winning note as they won 8-5 over the Edmonton Prospects on Sunday afternoon to split the four-game set at Spitz Stadium.

“I thought we swung it (the bat) really well,” said Bulls infielder Kalem Haney, who went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored three runs.

Haney thought the Bulls fought well through adversity all weekend long.

“Bodies were breaking down as every game went on and the guys battled throughout and stayed with it,” said Haney.

After a scoreless three innings, it was the Bulls who got on the scoreboard first in the top of the fourth inning as Roger Riley hit a single to cash in Haney.

The Prospects would get one of their own back in the bottom half of the inning as Tyler Vanneste hit in double play, but still scored Stephen Mackenzie to nod the game at one.

Lethbridge would tack on another run in the top of fifth inning as catcher Krece Papierski. homered off of Prospects pitcher Jordan Moffat to pull the Bulls ahead a run.

“It always feels good to hit a home run, seeing the ball well(and)put a good swing on it,” said Papierski.

“ (I’ve) been putting some good swings on stuff and haven’t really had the results we want. So it was nice to get one in my direction for once. But that’s what you got to do, just keep going.”

That lead would be short lived as MacKenzie hit a two-run shot off of  Bulls pitcher Weston Siefkon to pull Edmonton ahead 3-2.

However, in the sixth inning, Haney successfully stealed third base while Riley was at the dish.

Riley would eventually reach on an error by the Prospects third baseman and scored Haney to tie the game at 3.

Kyle Turner would drive on Gravel on ground out later in the inning.

Edmonton’s Cole Dawson got up to the plate with one out in the bottom of the sixth and grounded out to the second baseman, scoring Vanneste  to tie the game at four.

The Bulls would have a productive seventh inning as they scored four runs to put the game out of reach.

 Nick Gravel was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and as a result scoring Papierski from third.

Riley stepped up to the plate next and hit a double to score Haney and Noah Rodriguez.

Turner hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Gravel for the Bulls’ eighth run.

Cook would hit a sacrifice fly to score Gavin McLarty in the ninth, but that’s as close as the Prospects would come.

The Saturday double header was split as the Bulls took the day game 8-7 and dropped the night game 5-4.

Lethbridge dropped the opener of the series 14-5 on Friday.

The Bulls improve to 3-6 on the season with the win.

The Bulls will be on the road to face the Okotoks Dawgs tonight at 7:05 p.m. before returning home to host the Medicine Hat Mavericks on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.

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