Strong Start From Lapointe Helps Pack Lockup Third Win

The Wolfpack continued their hot start to the year with their third consecutive win out of the gates in a 12-2 drubbing of the Calgary Guns on Sunday afternoon.

Christian Lapointe (1-0) spun a quality start on the mound for the Pack for his first win of the year by pounding the strike zone early and often. Lapointe went five innings with four strikeouts and allowed only three hits while walking two and hitting a batter.

The Wolfpack offense continued its torrid start to 2018, and only needed Lapointe to hold off the Guns for a couple of innings before getting the bats warmed up and really taking over the game. Blake Carruthers paced the offense by going 3 for 4 with two doubles and a triple. He also led the team by knocking in four runs. So far this season, Carruthers seems to be up to his usual tricks as he’s provided eight RBI already through three games, and is carrying an OPS of 1.500

There already seems to be an early season race heating up for the Rookie of The Year Award between newcomers Roly Diaz and Brendan Roworth. Diaz was an early season favourite after putting on a strong display during the preseason, but Roworth has impressed despite the small sample size so far. Diaz and Roworth are slashing .600/.600/.800 and .500/.833/.500 respectively. We will be keeping an eye on these two throughout the 2018 season.

Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader with the Guns is teed up for 5:30pm with Curtis Smith taking the hill for his second start.