EDMONTON, AB — The Medicine Hat Mavericks quest for a league championship has ended in defeat.
Derek Shedded was perfect on four opportunities at the plate, which includes a critical 2-RBI triple in the eighth inning, helping the Edmonton Prospects secure a series-clinching 8-4 victory over the Mavericks on Thursday night.
It's the second straight season Medicine Hat has been ousted by the Prospects in the West Final. Last summer, it took Edmonton five games to eliminate the southern Alberta squad.
The Prospects will take on either the Swift Current 57's or the Weyburn Beavers for WMBL glory.
Medicine Hat was first to score, throwing three on the board in the second inning. But the Prospects countered with four of their own in the bottom half.
Blanks on the board until the seventh inning, when the Mavs tied it up 4-4 off an RBI single from Jackson Freed.
But once again, Edmonton responded promptly with another tally in the bottom half of the same frame. This time it was Jake Lanferman, the walk-off hero from Game 3, sacrificing himself on a double play to drive home Dean Olson.
That would become the eventual game winning run, but the Prospects added some insurance with a three-spot in the eighth inning.
Blake Rowlett, the only rostered player to help win the Mavs last championship in 2014, was the last batter of the season. With two on and two out in the ninth, the Tennessee product pinged a line-drive to second base and was caught at first.
Although not the finish they hoped, the Mavericks head into the off-season as hometown heroes. After one of the worst starts to the season on record, the Boys of Summer fought back to clinch a playoff spot six games above .500. They roasted the Lethbridge Bulls in a memorable opening series that went the distance — sending their Highway 3 foes into the off-season.
On behalf of the CHAT News Today team, congratulations to the Medicine Hat Mavericks on another thrilling campaign.
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