Prospects Go 2-3 on Spring Break Trip
The Prospects Academy had a very successful College Showcase Trip in B.C. over Spring Break.
In the season opener the Prospects had a thrilling come from behind victory over Okanagan College, winning 15-13. Luke Muise earned the win on the mound (6 IP: 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K). Triffon Tatarin (3-4, BB, 3 SB, 4 RBI), Cody Dickson (2-4, BB, SB, 3 RBI), Mitchell Hazlett (2-5, 2B, 5 RBI), and Evan Loranger (2-4, BB, 2B, 2 RBI) led the way offensively. Gray Symington and Connor Burns also collected hits. The Prospects battled back all game, at times trailing 5-1, 10-5, and 13-9. After adding a single run in the top of the 8th to make it 13-10 the Prospects put up 5 runs in the 9th to take the lead. Evan Loranger hit a bases loaded double that drove in two runs, Triffon Tatarin grounded into a fielder's choice to tie the game, setting the table for Cody Dickson to drive in the two go-ahead runs with a clutch single. Muise continued to roll on the mound and put up a zero in the 9th for the academy to capture its first victory in the first game of the young season.
The Prospects had the tables turned on them by Okanagan College, blowing a 3 run lead in the bottom of the ninth to lose 5-4. Christian Smith was stellar on the mound in his start (6 IP: 1 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 2 K). Connor Burns took the loss on the mound. After 2 quick innings the OC Coyotes bats got a rally started and walked off in the bottom of the 9th. Triffon Tatarin (2-3, BB, 2 RBI) and Cody Dickson (2-4, RBI) paced the offense. Logan Harvey also had a clutch pinch-hit 2 RBI double. Zach Thibault, and Evan Loranger also collected hits for the academy.
The Prospects beat Victoria Academy 8-4 in game 3 of the trip. Jackson Wark got the win on the mound (5 IP: 1 ER, 2 H, BB, 5 K). Zach Thibault was solid out of the pen (4 IP: 3 R, 0 ER, BB, K, 2 H). The offence was balanced up and down the lineup. Derek Millar was 2-4 with a double, Mitchell Hazlett had a double, while Evan Loranger, Triffon Tatarin, Nick Barrett, and Darcy Affleck all collected hits.
The Prospects fell in a low-scoring affair, 3-2 to the VIBI Mariners. Nick Barrett was solid on the bump in his start (5 IP: 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Darcy Affleck also put up a zero in a 1-2-3 inning of relief, striking out 1. The offence couldn't manage much against some tough college arms, however, one bright spot was a solo home run by Connor Burns in the sixth inning, bringing the academy within 1. Triffon Tatarin had another solid day at the plate going 2-3 with an RBI.
In the final game of the trip the VIBI Mariners were again victorious over the academy, winning 5-1. Mat Brisson got the start on the mound, going 3 innings giving up 4 runs (3 earned). Luke Muise, Greg Dekinder, and Logan Harvey threw well in relief. Offensively, the Prospects couldn't muster much. Nick Barrett (2-3 2B), Derek Millar (2-4, 2B), and Mitchell Hazlett (1-3) had the only hits for the academy.
Overall, it was a great trip with the Prospects going 2-3 against some tough college competiton. The Prospects play next, on April 10 down in Oyen against Badlands Academy.