Sold-out crowd welcomes Saskatoon Berries to first home game in franchise history – Saskatoon


The Saskatoon Berries have yet to record their first win in franchise history, but they still managed to make history on Tuesday night at Cairns Field.

In front of a sold-out crowd of more than 2,200 fans filling the stadium's stands, patios and fences, the Berries made their home debut in the Western Canadian Baseball League with an 8-4 loss to the Regina Red Sox.

“It was incredible,” said Berries outfielder Nolan Sparks. “I thought the crowd put on a good performance and everyone was super excited and into it. It's a shame we couldn't get a win for the guys, but it was great.”

This game came after a decade of preparation for the Berries, who became the first Saskatoon-based team to play in the WCBL since the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets disbanded in 2014.

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On the mound was Saskatoon product Ryan Olchoway, who had the honor of starting the first home game in franchise history. He pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing two earned runs and recording four strikeouts on the night.

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It was a memorable moment in his career after rising through Saskatoon's minor baseball system.

“I thought it was a great experience,” Olchoway said. “I was honoured to be the one to open it. It kind of reminded me of my time as a pitcher in Cairns in high school, so it was kind of cool to be back.”

Trailing 5-1 after seven innings, Saskatoon rallied in the eighth inning with three runs from Sparks, Carter Beck and Ethan Menard. However, the Red Sox were able to score three more runs in the ninth inning to secure the win.

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With this win, Regina closed the series and improved the Berries' record to 0-3 this season.

Saskatoon will now travel to Medicine Hat and Weyburn for three games before returning to Cairns Field on Saturday to begin a two-game series with the Lethbridge Bulls.

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