Last was a great week to be an Edmonton sports fan, and that doesn’t look to change over the next seven days. The Edmonton Stingers are making a push for first place in the CEBL in the league’s inaugural season, the Prospects remained in the WCBL playoff hunt and the Eddies earned a statement victory over the Halifax Wanderers. Mike Malowany has the latest from the Alberta capital’s sports scene in This Week in Edmonton Sports!
The Stingers Return Home Looking to Lock up First Place
The Stingers return home tonight following a very successful 3-game road trip through Ontario. After wins over Guelph, Hamilton and Niagara, the Stingers have not only secured a playoff spot but are currently a half-game behind Niagara in the fight for first place in the CEBL with a 12-4 record, with a game in hand. With four games to go, the Stingers return home to the Hive to take on the Fraser Valley Bandits. The Bandits’ hopes for a playoff spot are fleeting, so they will be coming in desperate for a victory and looking to play spoiler.
Prospects heading into a Marathon Final Stretch
Thanks to the horrendous weather in the month of July, the Western Canadian Baseball League have been forced to adjust the league schedule to fit everyone’s games in. Unfortunately, the Prospects are one of the teams that will need to run a major gauntlet to secure a playoff spot. Following a day off last Monday, the Prospects will finish off the season with nine straight games, including two doubleheaders.
Following the doubleheader sweep by the Giants last Sunday at RE/MAX, the Prospects rebounded Tuesday night with a 5-4 victory in Fort McMurray and pulled themselves within a half-game of the Giants for the final playoff spot in the WBCL Western Conference. Unfortunately, on Wednesday the Giants took a huge victory 11-2 over the Prospects, leaving the squad from Edmonton down 1.5 games going into the final weekend.
Tonight, the Prospects host the Yorkton Cardinals in a three-day, three-game set at RE/MAX Field. First pitch for both tonight’s and Friday’s games is 7:05. Saturday will be a split doubleheader, with the first game against the Cardinals starting at 2:05 pm, and the 7:05 nightcap featuring the Brooks Bombers. Saturday will also see the Prospects host their final Fireworks Night of the season. The Prospects then round out their regular season with three more games at home against the Bombers. Sunday’s doubleheader starts at 2 pm, with the twilight game at 6:30. The regular season wraps up on Holiday Monday with a 2 pm matinee.
While the Prospects will be taking on the two worst teams in the league in terms of record to close out the season, the split in Fort McMurray has put the Prospects in a dire situation. Their fate is not in their own hands anymore, but all they can do is take out the teams in front of them.
Eddies Look to Make Wanderers Disappear
Following Saturday’s tilt with Forge FC from Hamilton, a 1-1 draw, the Eddies earned a big 2-0 victory over the Halifax Wanderers at Clarke Park Wednesday night. The Eddies powered their way to a convincing win, scoring an early goal in the first half, followed by a penalty conversion early in the second. At the half-way point of the Fall Season, the Eddies sit in fourth place, four points clear of fifth-place Pacific FC.
Speaking of Pacific, they will be the Eddies next opponents coming up August 10 from Clarke Park. Check out FC Edmonton’s official website for more information or to pick up tickets.
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