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Back-to-Back PBL CHAMPIONS
Aug 10, 2017, 9:06 am

 

After a bitter defeat on Thursday in Holden, the Rosalind Athletics were eager to put the loss behind them and start fresh in their goal to win another PBL Championship.  Holden proved they would not go quietly, as the resilient bunch came from behind in the sixth inning to even the series at one.  After the long weekend off, and on a beautiful prairie night in Rosalind, game three would set up a winner take all match up.

 

Dan Enright got the call, as the ace of the pitching staff, to lead the A's into game three.  Enright was coming off a complete game victory in game one, where he didn't allow any earned runs in a 7-1 victory at the Homer Dome in Rosalind. After a 1-2-3 first inning, Enright got into a bit of a jam in the second after walking the first two batters and hitting the third.  Rosalind was able to limit the damage to one run, an RBI single by the Holden catcher, before a strike out and a key double play turned.  In the third inning, the Blue Jays ended up getting an RBI double by their hard hitting first baseman down the left field line that probably needed a spray painted foul line to goto video replay.  Enright was able to strand the Holden runner at second, and keep the game at 2-2.  In the fifth inning with runners on first and second, Enright reered back to throw a fastball by the Blue Jays batter and shut down another rally.  The top of the sixth inning provided the TSN Turning Point of the Game, when with runners on first and second with one out, a single to left field had leftfielder Josh Burnstad scrambling to come up throwing a dart to homeplate just in time to get the Holden runner, as catcher Sheldon Pederson hung on this time to keep the game at 4-2.  Enright would throw a complete game 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 10 hits while walking 4, hitting 2 and striking out 4.

 

Offensively, the Atheltics got off to a good start in the bottom of the first inning, which tends to be key to the A's success.  Sheldon Pederson drew a lead off walk and stole second, and advanced to third on Ryan Yuha's single.  Yuha stole second, and advanced to third, as Pederson scored on a passed ball.  Yuha scored the second run of the game, on a close play at the plate on Chance Wheatley's sac fly to right field, as the Holden fielder made it close with a good throw.  With the score 2-2, going into the bottom of the 3rd inning, Wheatley lead off with a deep fly ball to center field for a clutch homerun to put the A's up 3-2.  Mark Gjesdal produced a one out single, followed by Josh Burnstad reaching on a error by the second baseman.  With runners on the corners, Steve Enright hit a double off the center field fence to put Rosalind up 4-2.  In the bottom of the sixth inning, after the Blue Jays had made a pitching change to their hard throwing righty, Sheldon Pederson led off with a triple, and scored on Ryan Yuha's ground out to make the score 5-2 in favour of the Athletics.

 

In the top of the seventh inning, the Blue Jays, down 5-2, led off with a single before grounding into a fielders choice as the A's were close to turning a double play.  A ball hit the other way of the bat of the lefty clean up hitter turned into another fielders choice, as the Holden baserunner got to second.  With two out, the A's pitcher and most of the infield thought they had struck out the Holden batter on two consecutive pitches before the batter eventually singled and drove in a run to make it 5-3.  Holden's rightfielder singled, followed by a single to left field by their catcher to load the bases.  With two out, down 5-3 and the bases full, fan intensity and anxiety at the max, the Blue Jays third baseman hit a groundball to steady Steve Enright who threw out the runner at first to secure the Rosalind Athletics second PBL Championship.  Dan Enright was named PBL Championship MVP throwing two complete game victories.

 

The Rosalind Athletics team wanted to thank the Holden Blue Jays for a tremendous series and a hard fought battle.  The A's wanted to also thank all the fans, of the team and the PBL, for coming out to support both teams in the finals.  As well, a big thank you to all the fans that read this website for all the game day stories and articles, hope you all enjoyed them.  See you next year, as Rosalind tried to defend their PBL Champion title in 2018.  Thank You!

 


Game Two Slips Through Athletics Fingers in Late Inning Loss
Aug 8, 2017, 6:49 am


Gjesdal and D.Enright Power The A's To Game One Win
Aug 2, 2017, 7:10 am

 

Mark Gjesdal hit a 2 run homerun and a 2RBI double, while Dan Enright returned to ace form as the Rosalind Athletics took Game One of the Powerline Baseball League Championship series.  Game Two goes on Thursday in Holden at 7pm.

 

Detailed story and stats to follow this afternoon.... 


Big Inning and Timely Pitching Drives A's to Sweep Over Leduc
Jul 26, 2017, 11:35 am

 

On Tuesday night the Rosalind Athletics travelled to the booming metropolis of Leduc to take on the Milleteers for game two of the semi final round of PBL playoffs.  The A's took game one in decisive fashion, 15-5 in five innings, but knew they'd be in for a doozy in the big field of Fred John's Park.  Rosalind was missing a few key pieces in the lineup through vactions and work, only have 9 players on the line up card.

 

Steve Enright got his first playoff start of the 2017 season, and the fifth of the season.  Enright was coming off a complete game victory against Leduc at the end of the regular season.  Enright weeved in and out of trouble from the get go, but a few key and clutch defensive plays kept the Milleteers at bay.  In the first inning, the two lead off Leduc batters reached base, however two bang-bang plays at third base for consecutive force outs by Enright and Pederson, and a nice back hand pick by Benson got the A's out of the first inning scoreless.  In the third inning, with the A's down 1-0, the first three batters reached for Leduc to load the bases with no one out.  Enrights next Houdini act took place as he proceeded to get a clutch strikeout before Burnstad made a diving catch on a line drive up the middle, followed by a pop up to have Rosalind get out of the inning unscathed.  In the fourth inning, after the A's took the lead 4-1, Enright got into a bit of trouble walking the first batter before giving up 4 straight singles.  Steve's previous magicians magic rubbed off on Mark Gjesdal, tasked with coming in to a 4-4 game with runners on 1st and 3rd with no one out.  Gjesday proceed to get a groundball double play, and a ground ball to get out of the inning.  Enright ended up going 3+ innings, giving up 5 runs, 4 earned on 11 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3.  Gjesdal played hero going 2 innings with 0 runs allowing 2 hits with no walks or strikeouts, as well as picking off a base runner in the 5th.

 

Offensively, Rosalind was held off the board til the top of the 4th.  Burnstad walked, and took second on an attempted pick off by the Leduc pitcher, before Harbak walked and Gjesdal added an RBI single.  Harbak scored on Nic Ronsko's single, followed by Gjesdal scoring on Pederson's fielders choice.  Matt came around to score on Ryan Yuha's single, making it 4-1 for the good guys before the inning closed.  With the A's down 5-4 in the top of the 5th, the flood gates opened.  With plate disipline, and one out, Harbak walked, Gjesdal singled, Matt Enright walked before an RBI hit by pitch for Ronsko.  Pederson supplied an RBI single to right field off the Milleteers first reliever.  Yuha provided another RBI hit by pitch, and Steve Enright drew another walk.  Benson drove in a run on a hard hit ball to the shortstop that he was unble to come up with.  Batting for the second time in the inning, Josh Burnstad singled and drove in a run.  Harbak walked for the second time in the inning and third walk in the game.  Gjesdal drew an RBI walk, followed by a new pitcher for the Milleteers, to which Matt Enright hit an RBI ground out to the second basemen.  Hang in there, that wasn't the third out yet.  Nic Ronsko singled, and Sheldon Pederson put a bloop double on the books for 2 more runs scored before Ryan Yuha popped out to the catcher.  In total 11 runs scored, and the A's took at 15-5 lead.  Holding the Milleteers in the bottom of the 5th held the score, and secured a second mercy win for the Athletics.

 

With Holden beating Tofield in the other semi final to tie the series at 1-1, the A's look to host the winner of game 3's match up on Thursday night.  Game one of the Championship series will start on Tuesday in Rosalind.  This is the 3rd straight year that the A's have made the PBL finals, and the 9th straight league finals that Rosalind has been in between the BRBL and the PBL.

 


Rosalind Offence Takes Flight In The HomerDome, Take Game One
Jul 21, 2017, 11:21 am

 

For the first time since the Rosalind Athletics joined the Powerline Baseball League in 2015, the A's hosted game one of a play off series. In 2015 and 2016, Rosalind entered the playoffs as the 4th seed, upsetting the Ryley Rebels in the first round of both years.  This year, the A's take on the five time PBL champions, the Leduc Milleteers.  The two clubs met 3 times during the season, with the A's winning 2 of the three tilts (5-6,13-3,13-3).  Both teams have lots of experience, so it should be a back and forth first round of playoffs.

 

Dan Enright was tasked with being the playoffs game one starting pitcher, as Enright has been a perenial workhorse when the post season comes around.  Enright started off the game firing, striking out the first batter of the game with strong change up.  Dan continued to pitch well before a double to the left center gap came around to score on an error.  The Milleteers bats continued to swing away, with the Leduc centerfielder hitting a two run homerun in the third inning.  Dan got back on track in the fourth, stiking out his last two batters to halt another rally by Leduc.  Enright went 4 innings, giving up 4 runs, 1 of them earned, on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 3.  Ryan Yuha came on in relief in the top of the fifth inning.  After hitting his first batter of the inning, and getting a strike out, Yuha was able to work out of a jam, allowing only one run after three straight singles followed by two good plays by Nic Ronsko and Josh Burnstad on line drives hit to the outfield.  Yuha pitched two innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits with 1 strikeout.

 

The A's offence came out of the gate firing, as Sheldon Pederson hit a first pitch homerun in the bottom of the first inning. After Steve Enright singled, Brayden Benson reached on an error, and Clayton Harbak got hit by a pitch, with two out, Mark Gjesdal hit a 2 RBI double to the gap.  Adam Enright reach on an error by the shortstop before Nic Ronsko produced another RBI single, as the Athletics put 5 runs on the board in the bottom of the first.  Rosalind put on their hitting shoes in the 4th inning as well, as Pederson led off with an single throught the right side of the infield, but was thrown out stealing second.  Yuha then singled before Steve Enright flared a double down the leftfield line.  Benson walked, and Josh Burnstad drove a line drive to the right side to score two runs.  Gjesdal crushed another two RBI double to the fence, as Rosalind put 4 runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 10-4.  The A's kept the pedal to the metal in the bottom of the fifth, when Ronsko led off with a walk and Pederson singled.  Ryan Yuha cashed a run on a single, and Steve Enright brought home another run on a fielders choice.  Rosalind ended up mercying Leduc 15-5, in the bottom of the 6th inning.

 

The A's will travel to Leduc on Tuesday for game two of the series at 7pm.

 

 


Athletics Fall In Regular Season Finale To Blue Jays
Jul 19, 2017, 6:23 pm

 

The Rosalind Athletics travelled to north to Holden to face the red hot Blue Jays in their regular season finale.  The make up of the rain out after two innings got washed away at the end of June.  The game would determine who the Athletics played in the first round of the playoffs.  With Holden's loss last week, Rosalind had secured their first Pennant in the PBL and the first time that they would have home field advantage in the playoffs in this their 3rd season since joining the Powerline Baseball League.

 

Athletics workhorse, Brayden Benson, got his 4th start and 5th appearence of the season.  Benson has been a very consistent pitcher in the past, and has become an important hitter for the A's.  The Blue Jays had their hitting shoes on during Tuesday's game, and found some Bermuda Triangle holes in the outfield in the first inning as they scored three runs.  Benson settled in, working 4 innings allowing 4 runs, 3 of them earned, on 6 hits while striking out 2.  Tanner Foss entered in the top of the 5th, with the hard throwing righty giving up a long double before having some control issues.  The bottom of the Blue Jays order were able to catch up to the heater with three singles.  Foss went 2/3 of an inning, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits while walking 2.  Matt Enright came on to finish the game for the final 1 1/3 innings.

 

The Athletics offence was fairly quiet against the Blue Jays pitcher, Hrabec. Rosalind scored their first two runs of the ball game in the top of the third, when Sam Johnson lead off with a single, followed by a Tanner Foss single as well.  With runners on first and third, Johnson scored on a error by the shortstop on Clayton Harbak's hard hit groundball.  Josh Burnstad came around to score on Brayden Benson's single to make the game 4-2.  In the top of the fifth, Sheldon Pederson got hit by a pitch to lead off the inning before stealing second and taking third on the overthrow.  Josh Burnstad cashed Pederson on a ground out to the secondbaseman to make it a 3-4 ball game.  With the A's down 8-2, Dan Enright reached base with a one out walk, and ended up scoring after a wildpitch before Sam Johnson's fielders choice scored Enright to make it 8-3.  In the top of the seventh, Burnstad, Matt Enright and Nic Ronsko had the bases loaded via an error, a walk and a single respetively, before Dan Enright hit a sinking line drive to right field that that fielder had trouble with allowing all three runs to score and make it a 10-7 ball game, where it would eventually end.

 

Rosalind starts the playoffs as the #1 seed, and the 2017 PBL Regular Season Pennant winners.  The A's will be taking on the Leduc Milleteers on Thursday night in Rosalind for game one of the best of three series.  The Athletics and Milleteers met 3 times in the regular season, with Leduc taking the first game 6-5 before back to back 13-3 mercy wins for Rosalind in the second and third games.  Should be a very competitive series, make sure to come out and watch on Thursday night at 7pm in Rosalind. 

 


Bats Come Alive As Athletics Mercy Milleteers In Playoff Push
Jul 12, 2017, 11:51 am

With the Powerline Baseball League playoff teams already confirmed, positioning and matchups were the only thing left to decide.  The 10-2 Athletics travelled to Leduc on Tuesday night to take on the 8-3 Milleteers.

 

Steve Enright got the call to start his 4th game of the season, coming off a no-decision against the Edmonton Primeaus in the Rosalind tournament at the end of June. Enright was dealing, cruising through the Milleteers order.  With runners on first and third, with no one out, the A's defence was able to help out Enright, throwing out the baserunner at first trying to steal, before Enright struck out the next two batters to end the Leduc rally and keep the score 1-0 for the A's.  Steve ended up pitching a complete game, of 5 innings, allowing 3 runs of which 2 were earned on 5 hits, while stiking out 5 and walking 2.

 

Rosalind got off to a lead in the first inning, when Pederson walked and stole second before advancing to third on Ryan Yuha's groundout.  After Josh Burnstad got hit, putting runners on first and third, the A's pulled off a double steal, as Pederson stole home.  The Athletics put a large number on the board in the top of the 3rd inning, with the score 1-0.  Pederson led off the inning with a deep fly ball to left field, over the left fielders head, and possibly over the deep fence at Fred John's Park.  The umps however ruled it a ground rule double.  Ryan Yuha made it a moot point, driving in Pederson with a single.  Burnstad singled and Benson walked to load the bases, for Matt Enright to single and drive in two more runs.  Adam Enright single before Nic Ronsko crushed a ball down the third base line, to drive in Enright.  Dan Enright produced an RBI single to turn the line up over.  The monster inning ended up with 12 batters going to the plate, an 8 runs on the board.

 


Nightmare Sixth Inning The Undoing For Athletics
Jul 7, 2017, 9:18 am

After having been rained out two weeks ago, the Holden Blue Jays and the Rosalind Athletics were set to face off for the first time, this PBL season, after 2 innings got washed away in Holden.  The four teams qualifying for the playoffs are set, with Rosalind, Holden, Leduc and Tofield having clinched, but the rankings going into the 2017 PBL playoffs were still to be set.  This game would have lots on the line for both teams.

 

Ryan Yuha got his team leading 4th start of the season, and 5th appearance. 


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