Peace River Stampeders looking for consecutive wins to start season

MANNING — The Peace River Stampeders will be looking to open the 2019 Wheatbelt Baseball season with a pair of W’s.

Peace River will be taking on the Manning Mets tonight in Manning, after opening the season with a 7-3 victory over Grimshaw last week. Manning will enter tonight’s game coming off a 10-9 win over the very same Grimshaw Huskies, after Grimshaw topped the Mets 13-5 just one week prior. The Mets bats came alive in their first victory of the season last night against the Huskies, as after struggling in their season opener the team recorded 17 hits on the night.

For the Stampeders, starting pitcher Justin Olson made his presence felt in Peace River’s opening day victory over Grimshaw. Olson went seven innings on opening day striking out six batters; while the pitcher would also help out his own cause at the plate. Olson would record three hits on the night, which was only one behind the game-high set by his teammate Curtis Fortin.

Fortin was also dominant at the plate in the Stamps season opener, recording four hits while smacking in two runs. Justin Atkinson and Andrew White also had effective nights on offence for Peace River as the two both recorded a pair of RBI. Tonight could be a high-scoring affair between the Stampeders and Mets, as both teams feature a large amount of offensive potency.

Outfielders Clay and Taylor Paulovich could also have a major impact on tonight’s clash between the Mets and Stamps, as Taylor was 4/5 at the plate last night against Grimshaw, while Clay knocked home three runs. Manning will also be riding high after last night’s walk off victory, as left-handed batter Terrik Brennan would hit an RBI double to give the Mets their first win of 2019.

Neither team has been mistake-free in the season’s early goings as Manning has racked up eight errors on opening night and four last night against Grimshaw, while Peace River had four gaffs in their season opener last week.

Tonight’s first pitch will be thrown in Manning at 7:15 p.m.

–Alex Rodgerson, Trending 55 News