Week 6

vs. Edmonton Padres

Game 1

high socre not enough to secure a game one win for Merchants

Bats were blistered on Sunday, but the Innisfail Merchants couldn't quite get the job done against the visiting Edmonton Padres and lost 9-6 in the first game of a double header.

The Merchants evened up an early deficit at two in the bottom of the second inning when Benett Kary doubled home a Cody Thompson walk, a wild pitch would score Rylan Zens from third before the end of the inning.

Matthew Kohle made his pitching debut for the Merchants and looked solid in his four innings of work. Kohle looked to get out of trouble in the third after back to back walks followed by back to back strikeouts, but a tough-luck infield hop extended the innings and the Padres took advantage with one more walk sandwiched between three Edmonton singles.

The Merchants notched four more runs in the fourth inning on a Ty Moline sacrifice fly and run-scoring singles by Alan Klinck and Ty Ratzlaff.

Eric Pankiw earned the win for Edmonton, as he went seven innings allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out three on 132 pitches.

Kohle took the loss for the Merch, surrendering nine runs on eight hits over four innings, striking out five.

Innisfail totaled eight hits with Darin Fodor and Kary collecting two hits to lead the Merchants.

#23 Ty Ratzlaff (photo courtesy of Cindra Bouteiller)

Game 2

merchants take game two victory over visiting edmonton padres

The Innisfail Merchants defeated the visiting Edmonton Padres 7-2 in game two of their Sunday double header.

Jace Bruce took the mound in game two for the Innisfail Merchants, and pitched well in a very efficient win. Bruce worked a tidy 71% strike ratio while scattering four hits over six innings and only surrendering a single earned run. Rylan Zens would complete the victory with one inning of work giving up a lone hit while striking out one.

The bats came alive in the second-game affair, but it was baserunning that led the home team to victory. Six Merchant stolen bases helped pressure the upstart Edmonton team in the afternoon affair. Swiped bases came from a variety of Merchant players as Garett Hagel, Alan Klinck, and brothers Ty and Griffin Moline each had one each while Ty Ratzlaff pilfered two of his own.

Klinck raised his season batting average to .421 with two doubles in the game, and RBIs were collected by Ratzlaff, Ty Moline, and Rylan Lammle, Griffin Moline stockpiled two of his own in the 7-2 victory.

The Innisfail Merchants will take off the Canada Day weekend to recharge before returning to action on July 7 in Edmonton. The next home games will take place in Innisfail on July 14th against the much-improved Community Park Reds.

#3 Griffin Moline(photo courtesy of Cindra Bouteiller)

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