Gulls 3 Giants 1 (Saturday)
Gulls 6 Giants 4 (Sunday)
Giants 7 Gulls 1 (Sunday)
Safe to say it was a crazy weekend for the Sylvan Lake Gulls.
After playing in Fort McMurray against the Giants on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Western Canadian Baseball League action, the Gulls had to complete a game and a half on Sunday afternoon in Sylvan Lake. The Gulls went 2-1 in the road games, before losing 7-1 Sunday in the second of two games at Gulls Stadium.
The first game of the double header was only half a game, due to a postponement on June 27. That game was called after an hour and 40 minutes rain delay, followed by a badly injured Giants player who had to be taken away in an ambulance and more rain.
That game started with the Gulls trailing 4-2 in the top of the seventh, only for the Gulls to score four runs in the eighth inning to complete the comeback. Tyler Hampu pitched the final two and two-thirds innings for the Gulls in that game, striking out four without allowing a walk or a hit.
In the four-run eighth, the Gulls scored three times on Giants’ errors on the way to the victory.
In the 7-1 loss on Sunday at home, Michael Polson knocked in the only run for the Gulls with an RBI single in the seventh inning.
Gulls starter Ty Boudreau pitched six innings, allowing six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking four. Giants starter Luis Martinez-Gomez pitched 6.2 innings, striking out 11 and walking just two, while allowing one earned run.
In Saturday’s 3-1 win, the Gulls needed extra innings to clinch the victory.
With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the 10th, Sylvan Lake scored a pair of runs. Nicolas Veselinovic earned the win on the mound with two strikeouts and no runs allowed over four innings of work. Tyler McWillie pitched six innings, allowing one run while striking out four.
Chase Rodriguez had two RBI and two hits for the Gulls, while Matty Fung knocked in the other run.
With a 17-11 record, the Gulls sit second in the WCBL’s west division.
The Gulls will play a pair of seven innings games against the Swift Current 57s on Tuesday, with game one starting at 6:05 p.m. at Gulls Stadium. The second game will follow the first.
Sylvan Lake will welcome the Brooks Bombers to town on Wednesday, the Edmonton Prospects on Thursday, and Medicine Hat Mavericks Friday. All those games will start at 7:05 p.m.