It was a tough week for the WMBL Melville Millionaires, but they ended it on a high note, blasting their closest geographical rivals in a road contest that got the club’s offence back on track.
Melville Millionaires 15 at Yorkton Cardinals 4 (June 11)
Every player in the Melville lineup had at least one hit as the Mils humbled the Cardinals in Yorkton to halt a three-game losing skid.
Harrison Hull had a home run, a double and five RBIs to lead the way for the visitors as Vinny Martin had a trio of singles and scored three runs.
Braeden Allemann, Isaiah Snyder and Jacob Chiaravalle all notched a couple of hits.
Kris Brown picked up the victory on the mound, tossing six innings of five-hit baseball and allowing a pair of runs.
Tyce O’Neill and Austin Ell came on in relief and pitched a scoreless inning each before Cole Masik closed it out, allowing a pair of runs on two hits and a free pass.
Melville Millionaires 2 at Weyburn Beavers 6 (June 10)
With the game tied at 2-2, the Millionaires turned the ball over to reliever Michael Harrison who was banged around for four hits and as many runs in 11/3 innings of work.
Melville starter Blake Welch went 62/3 innings and allowed six hits and three bases on balls while fanning six Beavers in the no decision.
Ryan Peep led the Mils’ offence, scoring a couple of runs with a homer and a walk. He also had an RBI and a steal.
Lethbridge Bulls 5 at Melville Millionaires 4 (June 9)
The Bulls scored in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings and held a 5-2 lead before the Mils closed the gap with a couple of runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Dylan Schneider got the start for Melville and took the loss, giving up all five Bulls’ runs on seven hits and three walks.
Parker Schkade and O’Neill pitched a couple of shutout innings each for Melville.
Chiaravalle notched a homer in his first at bat as a member of the Millionaires while Allemann scored a couple of runs on a single and a walk.
Snyder had a couple of base hits and also scored a run for the Mils.
Lethbridge Bulls 5 at Melville Millionaires 2 (June 8)
A three-run seventh inning for the Bulls proved to be the difference in this contest with Lethbridge scoring single runs in the fifth and eighth.
The Mils scored one run in the seventh and added another in the ninth as they rallied but ultimately left the bases full.
Josh Schuller got the start for the Mils and allowed eight hits and four runs over six innings pitched.
Joe Hallock mopped up for Melville and gave up one unearned run on one hit while recording four strikeouts.
Hull, Shane Fodness and Allemann each notched a double and scored a run for the home side while Fodness and Greg Carrington each collected an RBI.
The Mils are back in Yorkton to face the Cardinals on June 17. The Weyburn Beavers visit Pirie Field on June 19 for a rare afternoon contest, getting underway at 2:05 p.m. and the Mils will host the red-hot Swift Current Indians on June 20 and 21.
Game times are 7:05 p.m. unless previously noted.
Coach for 2017
April 7th 2017
Wes Hunt is back as our head coach for the 2017 season. Welcome Back Wes.
WMBL Mils assistant feeling at home at Pirie Field
An assistant coach at Ranger College in Texas, Hunt is slightly surprised at how good the Western Major Baseball League is.
“It’s a solid league,” said Hunt. “The pitching is better than I thought it would be and honestly, it’s a little better overall than I thought it would be.”
Hunt has been impressed with the Swift Current Indians and thinks they’re probably the best team in the East Division.
“Swift is really hot right now — they’re crushing the ball,” Hunt admitted following an 11-4 loss. “I think there’s going to be a lot of parity in this league when everything is said and done.”
At press time the Mils had a 5-10 record, but injuries and a short bench have hurt them so far.
“I think that we have the key parts that it takes to win,” Hunt added. “We play good defence, but we need to make a few moves and get some more guys up here.
“We need to get a little more pop in the lineup and one more arm.”
Hunt has recently been in contact with a pair of players who could fill their needs right now.
Brian Benz, a utility player, and lefty hurler Andrew Dean, both with Ranger College last season, could be joining the team soon.
“He’s a real utility guy — he can play anywhere and he really wants to get up here,” said Hunt of Benz. “He’s got some pop in his bat and he’s a really strong kid.
“Andrew Dean started for us last season at Ranger and is a guy we could count on. He can throw three pitches for strikes.”
The Mils added Ethan Mohan recently and Hunt likes what he’s seen in his few appearances as a designated hitter.
“He doesn’t get cheated up there — he takes his hacks,” Hunt said of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack, Canadian College Baseball Conference product. “He’s a rah-rah guy and he keeps everyone up all nine innings. He’s super positive and super-energetic.”
The Mils’ leading hitter was nicked with an injury recently. Luckily, it doesn’t appear to be serious.
Cameron Boudreaux hurt his finger when it contacted a batting helmet when he was throwing a ball from second base to turn a double play.
“He really jammed his finger,” explained Hunt. “We think it’s just bruised and he’s a bulldog so we expect him back soon.”
An injury catcher Harrison Hull suffered during a recent practice is a little more serious. Hull cut his hand sliding into the fence during a drill and he required medical attention.
“He’s not going to get the stitches out for about eight days, so we might have to deal with that soon,” Hunt offered. “We can’t have one catcher, so hopefully, he’ll be able to get back in there as soon as the stitches come out.”
Hunt is enjoying his stay, as well as the city and he’s enjoying interacting with the fans.
“I love it up here. Being able to go to the ball field every day is awesome,” Hunt said. “The people here are great. They love the team, but we need to win some more games for them.”
WMBL Mils salvage week with win
It was a tough week for the WMBL Melville Millionaires, but they ended it on a high note, blasting their closest geographical rivals in a road contest that got the club’s offence back on track.
Millionaires flex muscle in Moose Jaw beat down - by Darcy Gross of the Melville Advance
The Western Major Baseball League’s Melville Millionaires had shown glimpses of their offence, but when they visited Moose Jaw recently, they had a huge breakout game at the plate.
Melville Millionaires 16 at Moose Jaw Express 3 (June 4)
The Millionaires brought their bats to this game, as they banged out 17 hits on the way to a one-sided victory.
Mils’ leadoff hitter Cameron Boudreau was a one-man wrecking crew, notching six hits including a home run and three doubles. The Mils’ leftfielder also contributed six RBIs to the visitors’ cause.
Centrefielder Greg Carrington also had a notable outing, going two-for-four with two runs and a couple of RBIs.
First baseman Isaiah Snyder chipped in with three hits, an RBI and a couple of runs in six trips to the dish.
Despite the Mils’ pounding their opposition, they still left 12 men on base.
Owen Kelly got the start on the bump for Melville and responded with a five-inning, two-run performance to pick up the victory.
Joe Hallock, Parker Schade and Dylan Schneider were all on mop-up duty for the Mils with Hallock tossing two innings and Schade and Schneider each pitching one inning.
Swift Current Indians 9 at Melville Millionaires 1 (June 3) (Game 1)
Millionaires pitchers had difficulty finding the strike zone in this contest and it cost them.
Starter Blake Welch was tagged with the loss after tossing three innings and allowing three runs on four hits — including a pair of home runs — and two walks.
Austin Ell followed Welch and he couldn’t secure an out, allowing three runs on one hit and a couple of bases on balls.
Tyce O’Neill got some time on the hill and gave up three runs on four hits and two free passes.
Shane Fodness led an anemic Mils’ offense with a couple of hits and a walk. Fodness also scored Melville’s lone run.
Swift Current Indians 1 at Melville Millionaires 0 (June 3) (Game 2)
The pitchers from both teams turned it up a notch for game 2 as the players struggled in the soggy conditions left from a downpour in the first game.
Kris Brown went the distance for the Millionaires, pitching seven complete innings, yet taking the loss as the Indians scored a single run on a homer in the fifth.
Only four members of the Millionaires had a hit in this contest with Boudreaux leading the way with a double.
Weyburn Beavers 2 at Melville Millionaires 3 (June 1)
The Beavers and Mils hooked up for a pitchers’ battle in this contest, with the home side coming out on top thanks to the long ball.
Big right-hander Josh Schuller toed the rubber for the Mils and tossed seven brilliant innings, allowing four hits and one earned run. Schuller also registered five strikeouts while issuing a pair of free passes.
Boudreau and Ryan Peep supplied the fireworks for the Mils with Boudreau hitting a two-run blast while Peep had a solo shot.
Michael Harrison picked up the save for the Mils, not allowing a baserunner in two innings of work.
Logan Lund took the loss for the Beavers despite pitching seven solid innings of four-hit baseball.
The Mils play their next three games on the road.
On June 10 and 14 the Blue and White visit Weyburn and on June 11 they take on the Cardinals in Yorkton.
The Mils are back at Pirie Field on June 15 to host the Regina Red Sox.
Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Millionaires, Cardinals split home openers
Melville Millionaires head coach Bryant Mistler preached all preseason about how important a good start to the Western Major Baseball League season would be and his team responded in spades.
Yorkton Cardinals 1 at Melville Millionaires 3 (May 28)
Righthander Blake Welch was solid on the mound in his debut, allowing only three hits and a couple of bases on balls over eight innings of work. Welch fanned seven Cardinals batters.
Starting on the hill for Yorkton was Kody Rock. Rock was also stingy, allowing four hits and two runs over 6 1/3.
Rock held the Mils’ offence in check for five innings but in the sixth the home side came to life.
First baseman Isaiah Snyder doubled and left fielder Cameron Boudreaux drove him in with another two-bagger. Boudreaux was tagged out at third trying to stretch his hit into a triple.
The Mils added another run in the seventh when right fielder Hunter Seales singled, stole second and was driven in by DH Braeden Allemann’s double.
Snyder’s second run of the game would prove to be the Millionaires’ last.
Snyder walked, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a single by centre fielder Greg Carrington.
Welch got into a bit of a jam before getting the hook in the ninth inning. Michael Harrison tried to close the contest but he got roughed up for a couple of hits and a run in 1/3 of an inning.
Joe Hallock came in to close the deal and pick up the save.
Melville Millionaires 4 at Yorkton Cardinals 6 (May 29)
The Mils were looking like they’d sweep the weekend series with the Cards until a seventh inning rally by Yorkton put them on top to stay.
Down 4-1, the Cardinals scored five runs to go ahead 6-4 and neither team could get back on the scoreboard in the last couple of innings.
Tyce O’Neill gave up a couple of hits and four earned runs while only retiring a single Yorkton batter in the seventh to take the loss.
Owen Kelly started on the bump for the Mils and pitched well, allowing a single run on three hits and six walks while fanning five Yorkton batters.
Seales led the Mils at the plate, going three-for-five as Harrison Hull hammered a couple of doubles while Shane Fodness had a pair of singles.
The Mils have three home games coming up.
The Swift Current Indians visit Pirie Field on May 3 for a double header and the Mils host the Lethbridge Bulls in contests on May 8 and 9.
All games start at 7:05 p.m.
WMBL Mils gearing up for home opener May 28
The WMBL’s Melville Millionaires were left in the lurch when a few players decided not to come to the city this summer, but help is on the way.
Catcher and corner infielder Matt Ruff joins the Mils from the Div. 1 University of California, Berkley, and he’s looking to get his game in order.
“Matt wants to come here and get some at-bats and improve as a player,” said Mils’ president Jeff Bouvier.
Making a Div. 1 team is an accomplishment in itself, but Ruff only saw action in three contests last season, notching one hit in four at-bats while recording two bases on balls and striking out once.
On the plus side, Ruff did score four runs.
Ryan Peep has also been added to the Millionaires’ roster for the upcoming season.
Peep played with South Mountain Community College in Arizona and didn’t hit a ton, but the infielder/outfielder did show some power.
Playing in 21 games, Peep scored eight runs and knocked in 10 while recording a .208 average with two doubles and three homers.
The talent is obviously there, because Peep started his college career with Div. 1 Arizona State before an injury made him decide to go the junior college route.
The Millionaires have also signed Tarleton State (Texas) outfielder Hunter Seales.
Seales hit .240 last season while appearing in 36 games, hitting three dingers, three triples and two doubles and driving in 13 runs.
Seales has played at the junior college level and in Div. 1 with Navarro College before moving on to Div. 2 Tarleton.
The Mils have added some flexibility to their lineup with Joe Hallock from Fargo, N.D. Concordia.
Hallock can catch and play the infield, while last season was the closer at Concordia, registering six saves with a 3.66 earned run average.
At the dish, the 200-pound junior had a .211 average with a double, a home run and six runs batted in in 24 contests.
The Millionaires’ coaching staff rolled into the city on May 23 and they’re looking forward to starting the season.
Bryant Mistler is back as the club’s head coach and Wes Hunt from Ranger College (Texas) has been tabbed as the new assistant coach.
“I expect the WMBL to be a very competitive league,” said Hunt. “I know some of the guys that we’ve picked up are very strong players. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Hunt will be working with the team on defence while Mistler will handle the pitchers and oversee the entire operation.
Being unfamiliar with the WMBL doesn’t mean Hunt doesn’t have an opinion on how the Millionaires should stack up against the rest of the league.
“I think that we’re going to compete, regardless of the talent level of the other teams,” Hunt said.
Last season Mistler and assistant coach Tyle Hankins were already friends before they came to Melville, but that dynamic is different this season, as the coaches really have no past experience working together.
“I trust Wes to do a good job motivating the guys,” Mistler said. “He’s a good, young, inspiring coach from what I’ve seen and heard already.”
Mistler is looking forward to starting a new season with a clean slate.
“I told Wes a couple of days ago that it’s going to be different this year,” explained Mistler who was plagued by off-field turmoil at times in 2015. “I know I have to stay positive this season because the way I react is going to be the same way the guys react.
“Our slogan for the season is going be ‘Gentleman at all times.’”
WMBL Mils lotto key to team’s success
The Western Major Baseball League’s Melville Millionaires have added two more left-handed bats to the lineup for the 2016 season.
Joining the Millionaires are outfielders Greg Carrington and Cameron Boudreaux.
Carrington, hailing from Scarborough, Ont., is a freshman with 18 games to his credit. He’s hitting at a .275 clip with 19 hits and 14 runs playing with Northwestern Oklahoma State University Division 2.
Millionaires’ president Jeff Bouvier thinks Carrington could be as valuable to the Mils off the field as he will be on it.
“I think he’ll bring a really professional attitude to the team,” said Bouvier. “He played for the Ontario Blue Jays and that program is second to none in the country.”
Boudreaux looks to be more of a speed merchant.
The 5-10, 175-pound outfielder from Sugar Land, Texas is hitting .294 over 43 games this season with Ranger College, the same school Mils’ assistant coach Wes Hunt works at.
“He looks like kind of a gap of hitter, 11 steals, 10 doubles and two triples,” Bouvier added. “It’s always good to get a few more left-handed hitters to balance the lineup.”
The Millionaires’ major fundraiser for the season is in full swing and Bouvier is hoping for a lot of community support.
“The Homerun Lottery makes up basically one-third of our operating budget,” Bouvier said. “Taking everything into account, we’ve budgeted for the same kind of profit as we had last year.
“It’s a good chunk of change.”
The Millionaires incur expenses in a number of areas during the season and the lottery helps offset some of the costs of running a WMBL franchise.
“The biggest expenses we have are travel, meals and accommodations,” Bouvier explained. “We’re probably looking at $40,000 on that for the season.
“We’ve also got bats, balls and equipment to pay for and if our lottery doesn’t do well, we’ll be in trouble.”
Tickets for the prize package, which includes a trip and accommodations for four in New York for a pair of Blue Jays games with the New York Yankees and a Broadway play, have a number of different price options.
A single ticket costs $30; a two-pack is $50; and a five-pack will set you back $100. There is also a 50-50 draw, with a ticket costing $20 and a five-pack priced at $50.
In the past the team had more expensive prizes and to stay in step, pricier tickets, something the Millionaires have moved away from in the last two seasons.
“We can’t afford to take on that kind of risk,” Bouvier explained. “Part of having a lower ticket price is making the tickets more affordable for the average person.”
With the early bird draw looming, Bouvier would like to see sales increase.
“The early bird draw is May 10, so we need to get these tickets moving,” Bouvier said. “If you’re a previous purchaser you can expect a phone call and we hope people will be generous.”
Lottery tickets are available at: the Melville Advance, Miller Moar Grodecki Kreklewich and Chorney, Royal Drug Mart and Pharmasave.
WMBL Mils sign three more players
Melville’s baseball Millionaires have finally started confirming some of their Canadian content.
The Western Major Baseball League club has signed three players and is close to confirming a fourth.
“It’s a relief to get it out of the way,” said Millionaires’ president Jeff Bouvier. “We still might have a spot or two to fill, but we’re getting closer to having a finalized roster.”
One of the players was with the Millionaires last season and Bouvier is pleased to have some continuity.
“We’re getting catcher Braeden Allemann back and he was a good player for us last season, and he’s a good kid,” said Bouvier. “He was good with the bat and good behind the plate.
“The addition of Allemann gives us a lefty-righty hitting combo behind the plate, so that’s another positive.”
Allemann is in his sophomore season with the University of British Columbia and is hitting .226 with 15 runs batted in (RBI). Last season with the Mils, the lefty hitter ended the campaign with an average of .300 with 15 RBI.
The Mils have also inked rangy righthander Owen Kelly, also with UBC. Kelly stands 6-5 and hasn’t gotten a ton of work, but has been effective when called on.
Kelly has tossed 7 1/3 and has recorded seven strikeouts to go with a 1.23 earned run average (ERA).
“He played in the B.C. Premier League, one of the top midget leagues in the country,” said Bouvier. “I’m hoping he’ll turn out to be an Alex Webb-type, a guy we can count on to give us quality innings as the season goes on.”
Cole Masik, another right-hander from Vancouver had a solid season on the mound last year with Williston (N.D.) State team and Bouvier is hoping he can build on that this summer with the Millionaires.
Last season, the 6-1, 195-pounder compiled 35 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings to go along with a 4.68 ERA and a 3-2 win-loss record.
“He hasn’t seen a lot of work this season,” said Bouvier of Masik, toiling this season with Northern Oklahoma College in Enid. “Hopefully he’ll be ready to go when he gets here.”
Bouvier said all they have left to do with freshman outfielder Geoff Ehresman, also from UBC, is to get his signature on a contract.
“I think it’s going to happen any day now,” said Bouvier. “I think it’s pretty close to being a done deal.”
Ehresman is hitting .268 this season, appearing in 25 games and starting nine.
WMBL Mils make price changes
Fans are going to be digging a little deeper when they come to Pirie Field to watch the WMBL Melville Millionaires this summer, and according to team president Jeff Bouvier, a season ticket still holds a ton of value.
“I think we’ve come to the realization that we’re underpriced,” said Bouvier. “People don’t realize the value they’ve been getting over the years.”
With costs in virtually every area of the team’s operation on the rise, the team decided they needed to get in step with the rest of the WMBL.
This season, a non-transferable single game pass for the regular season is priced at $150 while the bundle of single tickets will set patrons back $175. A student season ticket is $100.
“The price is a little higher, but it’s still cheaper than just about any ticket in the league,” Bouvier acknowledged. “The league average for a bare-bones season ticket across the league is still $210, so we’re significantly cheaper.”
This season the team will also offer a partial season ticket for folks who might not make it to every game.
“We’ve also brought in a flex pack where you get 12 tickets for $90,” explained Bouvier. “It’s a different option for people who might not be able to make all the games.
“A lot of teams have been doing it and they’ve had a lot of success with it. It’s a better deal for the casual fan. That’s how we look at it.”
Even with a modest price increase, Bouvier says tickets for the 24 regular season games at Pirie Field this summer are still a deal when you look at prices at other ballparks.
“We need to face reality. In a place like Lethbridge, you’re paying over $400 for 24 games,” said Bouvier. “With the new prices, you pay just over $6 a game and I don’t know where you get three hours of entertainment for that.”
Increasing prices is never easy, but the Mils had little choice in the matter.
“Travel costs are going up, equipment costs are going up — nothing really stays the same and we hope the fans understand that this is something we need to do,” Bouvier added. “I’ve had a couple of people approach me and once they realize where we are with our pricing, they understand why the prices need to go up.
“We’d like to increase our season ticket base because that, and the lottery, really keep the Melville Millionaires afloat.”
After an off-season of recruiting, Bouvier feels fans should be pleased with the product on the field.
“I think we have a special group of kids coming in here this year,” Bouvier said. “We have good fan support, but we’d always like to see more — and the players really enjoy it too.”
Bouvier hopes a solid season on the baseball field can bring some respectability back to the name “Millionaires.”
“It’s been a hurting couple of years for hockey and baseball and we’d like to change that this summer,” Bouvier said. “I think we’ve got a pretty special team coming this year.”
Coach Mistler returning to WMBL Millionaires
Bryant Mistler returns to the Millionaires’ bench this summer for a season he promises will be far different from last year’s campaign.
“I’m really excited about coming back,” said Mistler from his home in Texas. “Deep down inside I feel like I have a bad reputation in Melville and I want to fix that.”
The Mils missed the playoffs when they lost their last seven games of the season and had a few off-field incidents as well. Mistler says this year he’s looking to field a more mature team that will be visible in the community.
“It was a disappointment and a slap in the face the way we ended the season last year,” Mistler added. “I’ve got some stuff in place now for the guys to do things during the week to stay busy.
“We’re really going to try and change the culture.”
Having the team be part of the community should help the Mils be a better team and could also help the club get more butts in the seats at Pirie Field.
“My overall goal is to try and get Melville more invested in the team and we need to have our guys out in the public more so the community can get to know the Melville Millionaires better,” explained Mistler. “This group coming to Melville is a lot different than last year’s.”
A season of experience has helped Mistler with his recruiting and he’s expecting different results in the win-loss columns with different players in the White and Blue.
“I’ve got a good understanding of what this league is like now,” Mistler said. “I’ve done a lot of research in the type of guys who are coming in this year. We’re going to be an older group, which I think will be a nice attribute for us to have. And I think we’ll be able to hit and pitch.
“We have to be able to pitch. If you can’t pitch, you can’t get outs and you can’t get off the field and the other team will pile up runs on you.”
There will be a couple of players who could possibly return to the fold from last year’s squad and this year’s roster will have many players that Mistler knows first-hand.
“It’s big to have guys I know well,” Mistler explained. “Potentially, we could have two returnees. Last year they (the players) didn’t know me and they didn’t know how to react to me and got me wrong quite a bit.
“In layman’s terms, they didn’t understand what I was all about.”
While Mistler will be back on the sidelines for the Mils, last year’s assistant coach, Tyle Hankins, has been replaced by Wes Hunt, a coach at Ranger College.
“Wes is a solid infield guy and he’ll be good from the hitting side,” Mistler quipped. “He’s very eager and very excited to join the team. I think it’s going to be a really nice fit.”
The Millionaires have also signed a catcher for the upcoming season and he is expected to contribute to the team’s offence.
Catcher Harrison Hull joins the Millionaires from division 2 junior school Northern Oklahoma College in Enid. Hailing from Bremond, Texas, the sophomore has played 23 games and is hitting .351 with five home runs and 20 runs batted in (RBI).
WMBL Millionaires fill two more roster spots
The Melville Millionaires have added two more pieces to the puzzle for the Western Major Baseball League club’s roster.
The Mils have signed versatile Jacob Hignite from Dickinson State University (DSU) and outfielder Aaron Funk from the University of Texas at Arlington.
“He’s a senior, so he has some experience,” said Mils’ president Jeff Bouvier of Hignite, hitting .324 this season. “We think he could be a key guy for us — he seems to have all the tools.”
In 30 games this season with the DSU Bluehawks, Hignite has 35 hits and 25 runs scored to go with 15 stolen bases.
Hignite has also shown some power, knocking in 27 runs and recording five doubles, one triple and a couple of home runs.
In the field he’s been solid, making only five errors in 122 chances.
“I think he played with (Mils’ head coach) Bryant (Mistler) a couple of years ago in Florida, in a summer league, and that’s where the connection is,” Bouvier added.
Hignite, a 6-foot, 200-pounder, hails from Cle Elum, Wash.
The Mils have also inked another member of the UTA Mavericks in Aaron Funk, a true freshman.
“Since he is a freshman who made the team roster, he hasn’t gotten a lot of at-bats, but we think he’s going to be a solid player for the Melville Millionaires,” pondered Bouvier.
Funk is from Mansfield, Texas and stands 6-1 and weighs 180.
This season, Funk has seen limited action and has three hits, including a double, and two sacrifices in 10 at-bats with the Mavericks.
The Mils also got word that pitcher Anthony Duen would like to return to Melville for the upcoming WMBL season.
Duen, a Markham, Ont. product, played with the Millionaires last season and was improving when injury cut his season short.
Duen was 0-6 last season with a 5.49 earned run average and he struggled with control at times, issuing 17 walks in 37.2 innings.
The 6-foot, 190-pound righty also recorded 23 strikeouts.
Baseball Mils get busy
Melville’s baseball Millionaires are only a couple of months away from the start of a new WMBL season, and team president Jeff Bouvier says it’s a busy time for him and the coaching staff.
“We have three more players signed and there’s a lot going on behind the scenes,” said Jeff Bouvier. “We had some meetings in Swift Current for the smaller market teams trying to work on some promotions and we’re also in the process of getting our lottery going again.”
This year’s lottery is similar to last season’s, with the grand prize being a trip for four to New York.
“The winner will get the trip, hotel, a couple of Blue Jays games and tickets to the Broadway play, The Book of Mormon,” Bouvier explained. “
The Millionaires signed three more players to contracts recently, a pair of pitchers and an infielder who can also take the mound if needed.
Joining the Mils is Keaton Sullivan, a 6-4, 210-pound sophomore who has some pop in his bat.
In 17 games this season, Sullivan was batting .386 with six homers and 12 runs batted in (RBI).
“He’s played some middle infield, but we think he’ll play on the corner for us,” said Bouvier. “He’s also a pitcher, but he’ll be used primarily as a position player.”
The Lima, Ohio native has already beaten his mark of five home runs from last season and at the University of St. Francis in Indiana. Last season he had a total of five roundtrippers and 25 RBI.
Left-handed hurler Tyce O’Neill of Highlands Ranch, Colo. has also indicated he’ll be wearing the Blue and White next season.
O’Neill stands 6-3 and weighs in at 165 pounds and attends the College of Southern Nevada, a junior school.
“Our assistant coach, Wes Hunt, has seen him throw and he’s about 85, 86 miles per hour,” added Bouvier. “It’s a red-shirt year for him, because he’s coming off an ankle injury, so he should be raring to go when he gets here.”
Right-hander Michael Harrison of Magee, Miss. will also join the Mils. The 6-3, 200-pounder is a sophomore at Holmes Community College. In 22 1/3 innings pitched, Harrison has two wins and a 4.33 earned run average.