Medicine Hat, Regina advance to WMBL Finals

 Photo Credit: Regina Red Sox

Photo Credit: Regina Red Sox

Courtesy of wmbl.ca

The Medicine Mavericks and Regina Red Sox advanced to the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) Finals with Game 5 wins on Friday.

Game 5 WMBL Division Finals

Western Division
Edmonton 4 at Medicine Hat 11
(Medicine Hat wins the series 3-2)

With an opportunity to advance to the WMBL championship on the line the Medicine Hat Mavericks came out swinging. A seven run second inning was the difference as the Mavericks defeated the Edmonton Prospects 11-4 to win the Western Division Title.

Medicine Hat leadoff hitter David Salgueiro was the offensive catalyst for the Mavericks. The senior from Central Methodist University had three hits, a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored in the win. 

Edmonton’s Anthony Cusati was two for four and finished the playoffs with a .400 batting average. 

Prospects starter Rich Walker was chased from the game early in the second inning after he surrendered seven runs.  Jaymon Cervantes, the Mavericks starter, earned the win. 

Attendance at Athletic Park was 1,152.

Game Notes:

Edmonton

-Michael Gahan: 2 hits and 2 RBI

- Brenden Wiun threw 2 shutout innings

Medicine Hat

- Outhit Edmonton 13-10. The Prospects also committed 5 errors

- Colton Wright had 3 RBI

 

Eastern Division
Regina 7 at Weyburn 6
(Regina wins the series 3-2)

The Regina Red Sox are headed to the WMBL Championship series after beating Weyburn 7-6 in game 5 of the Eastern Division final. Regina took the series 3-2 

Adam De La Cuz was the star of the show as he went four for five with a home run and three RBI. De La Cruz then took the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning and got the final three outs to secure save and the Sox victory. 

Regina also got key home runs from Matt Deneau, his fourth of the post season and Brooks Stotler. Corey Wheaton had two hits, two RBI and a stolen base in the Beavers loss.

Anthony Race came on in relief of Red Sox starter Evan Rogers in the fourth inning and picked up the win. 

Chandler Casey, the Weyburn starter, went six innings and took the loss. Dalton Ross and Eric Evans can out of the bullpen in relief and held the Red Sox bats in check pitching 3 scoreless innings.

Game Notes:

Regina

- Regina returns to the Championship Final for the first time since 2015

- Red Sox pitchers struck out 11 and only walked 3

Weyburn

- 444 fans at Tom Laing Stadium

- Wade Weinburger had 15 post season RBI