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In a Desperate Battle to Avoid Wildcard Game, A's Beat Holden In Walkoff
Jun 29, 2018, 7:13 pm

There was a lot on the line, when the Holden Blue Jays were in town to take on the Rosalind Athletics on Thursday night.  Not only another meeting from the PBL Championship series from last year, but with both teams at 9-4, and the Leduc Milleteers and Edmonton Expos with similar records, the battle for playoff positioning was on the line.  The winner would avoid the 4th vs 5th wildcard game, and get an extra week off, while the loser would almost certainly be facing tough competition to take on the regular season pennant winner.

 

Brayden Benson got the call to pitch the A's 9th game in 13 days.  Benson was coming off a strong showing versus the Sherwood Park Athletics, one of his best pitching performances in a recent while.  As Benson has been known to do, he continued to keep the ball down and induce plenty of ground balls and weak pop ups by the opposition batters.  The young right hander worked around a few scattered hits, and solid defence behind him.  The only trouble came in the top of the 7th, when after a one out single, the Blue Jays number eight batter ran into a fastball over the middle of the plate on a 0-2 pitch which became a Homer Dome statistic to tie the game.  Brayden later redeemed himself.  Benson threw a complete game, 7 innings, allowing 2 runs, on 3 hits and 1 walk with 1 strike out.

 

Offensively, the A's put up one run in the bottom of the first inning, after Sheldon Pederson reached base and stole second.  Matt Enright moved Pederson over to third before Steve Enright drove Pederson in on a fielders choice, a close play at the plate.  Kyle Muzzechka, the Blue Jays left handed pitcher threw well, as the A's didn't score anymore runs in a tight 1-0 ball game, before Nic Ronsko barrelled up a fastball for a line drive home run out of the Homer Dome to left field.  That insurance run came in handy after the two run homerun that Holden put on the board in the top of the seventh.  In the bottom of the seventh, Matt Enright singled before the Steve Enright reached on an error by the Blue Jays shortstop on a potential double play ball.  With runners at first and second, Brayden Benson hit a double into the right center gap to score Matt Enright and walk off the win for the Athletics.

 

The game featured a couple really good defensive plays by the A's, when Brett Yuha made a diving grab on a line drive out to left field.  The game also featured a return by veteran Josh Burnstad, who was a steady defensive stalwart at third base, picking up five ground balls.  


Zimmer's and Roadrunners Fall to Athletics in League Play
Jun 29, 2018, 7:12 pm

Rosalind Wins A Battle vs Primeaus in Tournament Extra Inning Finals
Jun 29, 2018, 7:11 pm

Tournament Dance and then the A's Beat the Axemen
Jun 29, 2018, 7:11 pm

Rosalind Slugs Their Way Past the Expos in Home Tournament
Jun 29, 2018, 7:09 pm

Athletics Shutout Roadrunners After Rain Delay
Jun 29, 2018, 6:59 pm

With Playoff Positioning on the Line, A's Take Down Holden
Jun 20, 2018, 10:11 am

The Athletics (6-4) travelled to Holden to take on the Blue Jays (6-3) with playoff implications already on the line.  It was yet again another scortching hot day in Holden, as all the important games seem to be late in the season.  Both teams are fighting to catch Armena and Edmonton in the standings, while trying to avod the 4 vs 5 play in game.

 

Rosalind sent ace, Dan Enright to the mound in such an important game.  The right hander was coming off a season best performance against.  Enright pitched well, especially commanding his change up and got a couple really good defensive plays behind him.  Double plays in the 3rd and 4th innings haulted the rallies that the Blue Jays were stringing together.  Enright threw a complete game 7 innings, allowing 1 unearned run, on 9 hits, while striking out 3 and walking one.

 

Offensively, Adam Enright was crushing the ball on a line in his 3 for 4 effort that narrowly missed going perfect as a hot shot up th middle appeared in the pitchers glove.  Brett Yuha went 2 for 3 with a single and a double and 2 RBI's.  Brayden Benson threw it in high gear on his stand up double.  While 0 for 2, Sheldon Pederson had 3 walks and 4 stolen bases.


New Rivals Beat Rosalind in the Heisler Final
Jun 20, 2018, 10:11 am

After a come from behind win in the first game of the short tournament against the Camrose Roadrunners, the Rosalind A's made up of mostly pick ups, took on the merged Heisler Cardinals and Spring Lake Lakers.  The newly formed team is called The Rivals, and continues to play in the Battle River League, and currently sit at the top of the standings.

 

Matt Enright got the start against the Rivals, a rare start, but not appearence for Enright.  A few sloppy defensive plays in the field Matt got behind the 8 ball from the get go, and it was just too much to recover from against the Rivals, who had a lot of power and good hitters throughout the line up.


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