LETHBRIDGE, AB – A strong early start in Lethbridge was quickly undone on Sunday for the Medicine Hat Mavericks, falling to the Bulls in the second game of their home and home series.
RBI singles from Louie Canjura and Colton Wright staked the Mavericks to a 2-0 lead following the first inning, which was followed up by another run driven in by Jackson Freed in the fourth.
Being in a 3-0 hole didn’t seem to faze the host Bulls, with Ryan Pouwells and Alex Bishop hammering back-to-back home runs to make it a 3-2 ballgame in the fourth.
Lethbridge’s Darius Carter added another run in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3, before Pouwells crushed his second homer of the game to give the Bulls a 6-3 lead.
That spelled the end of the day for starter Tyler Skinner, who was pulled after giving up six earned runs on five hits over four and one-third innings.
In the sixth inning, Medicine Hat’s Zack Kunkel singled to left field to score Wright and make it 6-4, but the Bulls struck back with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Just before the seventh inning stretch, the Mavericks added a pair off a Chris Caffrey ground-out and a Lethbridge wild pitch to close the gap to 8-6 and provide some life.
However, Lethbridge picked up runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take an 11-6 victory and a split in the home and home set.
David Salgueiro, Blake Rowlett, Canjura, and Wright all had multi-hit performances in the loss, with Rowlett and Wright each scoring a pair of runs.
Dropping their record to 22-21 on the 2017 WMBL season, the Mavericks are now 1.5 games back of the Edmonton Prospects for third place in the West.
Entering the final week of the regular season, Medicine Hat returns home for a three-game set starting with the struggling Brooks Bombers on Monday night.
First pitch goes at 7:05 pm from Athletic Park.
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