The Edmonton Stingers play their final home game on their way to the playoffs, the Prospects go on a miracle run to get into the playoffs, and the Eddies look to gain momentum looking for a playoff spot.
Mike Malowany has the latest from the Alberta capital’s sports scene in This Week in Edmonton Sports!
Stingers Look to Solidify First Going Into Finals
The Stingers are proving to be an Elite force in the CEBL. Following their 108-104 victory over the Fraser Valley Bandits last Thursday, combined with a Guelph Nighthawks win in Niagra, the Stingers took over first place going into the final two weeks of the regular season. With three games to go, the Stingers have their destiny in their own hands, when it comes to seeding for the final tournament August 24-25. Up next for the Stingers is a home-and-home with the Saskatchewan Rattlers. Currently the Rattlers are in third place with a 9-8 record. A sweep by either team will ensure a favourable matchup in the semifinals, and possibly a rematch of the two teams if the Stingers win both.
The first of two games will be in Edmonton this Thursday, with the rematch Friday night in Saskatoon. Tip off from the hive this Thursday is at 7 pm, and will be the final home game of the season for the Stingers. For tickets check out theStingers.ca, and for comprehensive coverage of all things basketball, check out dunkindhooma.com.
Prospects Ride a Wave of Momentum Into The Playoffs
WIth a week to go in the regular season, things looked dire for the Prospects. After getting bombed 11-2 by the Fort McMurray Giants, the Prospects were 1.5 games back of the Giants for the final playoff spot in the Western Canadian Baseball League Playoffs. To qualify, the Prospects would have to win six straight games in three days against the Yorkton Cardinals and the Brooks Bombers. Due to weather, the first three games were played throughout Saturday. But, credit goes to the Prospects who swept both series, and clinched the fourth and final playoff spot.
But there is little time to celebrate. The Prospects now take their momentum into the playoffs in a Best-of-Three Western Semifinal against the Okotoks Dawgs. The Dawgs finished the season with a 39-15 record, and won the West by 9.5 games. Despite the previous wave of wins for the 29-27 Prospects, this will be a daunting task to take the bite out of the Dawgs. Game One is scheduled for Thursday in Okotoks, with Game Two returning to ReMax Field in Edmonton this Friday. For more information or to purchase tickets, check out prospectsbaseballclub.com.
Eddies Host Pacific on Girls In Soccer Day
Last Saturday the Eddies 2-0 victory over the Halifax Wanderers, the Eddies are riding their own wave of momentum going into this week’s clash with Pacific FC. FC Edmonton currently sits fourth in the Fall Season of the Canadian Premier League, two points up on Halifax and four up on Pacific. A win by the Eddies will be a crucial step towards securing a playoff spot.
This Saturday, August 10, is “Girls in Soccer” Day at Clarke Park. The game will have a very special guest, a Bronze Medalist from the 2012 Olympics, Senior Women’s Player Melanie Booth. Not only will she be in attendance, but Booth will be hosting some special girls-only skills clinics during the day, along with other special events. Check out FC Edmonton’s official website for more information or to pick up tickets.
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