It was a thriller that came down to the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday night. Just one pitch would change everything, and the Weyburn Beavers would come away with their third win in a row – a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Prospects.
Weyburn had built up a 5-1 lead before the Prospects rallied back in the eighth inning to tie the game up. Neither team was able to score in the ninth inning, forcing extra innings.
With the international rules used in the WCBL for extra innings, this meant the last two outs started on first and second base. When Edmonton was up to bat, they weren't able to get a run across the plate.
In the bottom of the 10th, a single from Tyren Dorrance loaded the bases, then a passed ball would see the winning run cross home plate.
Braeden Cordes and Caelan Dalman led the way for the Beavers at the plate as both players went 3-for-5. Nolan Machibroda drove in two runs, while Patryk Hernandez and Dalman had an RBI each as well.
On the mound, five different pitchers made an appearance for the Beavers, including three in the eighth innings.
Mason Chamberlain got the start on the mound, and sent 6 2/3 innings, striking out three and allowing one earned run. John Nicholson finished the sixth inning off, striking out the only batter he faced.
In the eighth inning, Anthony Porcellato would get roughed up to start the inning, walking two and allowing two earned runs, while also striking out one. Then, Ben Franx came on, and he would give up two hits and two walks while allowing two earned runs. The inning was finished off by David Dawson, who also closed out the game to pick up the win.
With three straight home wins under their belt, the Beavers will now take to the road Saturday for a game against the Moose Jaw Miller Express. They return home Sunday for a matinee matchup against the Regina Red Sox.