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Battle of the Athletics Home Opener
May 15, 2016, 11:26 pm

The Rosalind Athletics kicked off their 2016 season, and sophomore membership in the Powerline Baseball League on the bright, sunny day of May 14th.  The A's were league finalist in their inaugural season in the PBL, falling to the Armena Royals last summer.  With more to left to prove Rosalind was eager to kick off the season with one goal in mind.

 

Much like the CFL in the 90's, the Rosalind Athletics were taking on their name relatives, the Bardo Athletics.  The good guys went 1-0-1 last year versus Bardo, after a memorable game due to "lack of sunlight".  That game kicked off a stretch of playoff desperation games, and wins, for Rosalind to close out the regular season. 

 

Coming off an impressive run in the playoffs, Rosalind sent budding ace Brayden Benson to the mound. Benson went about his business as he's continued to establish in his young career, pounding the strike zone and inducing plenty of ground balls. The youngster on the bump got solid defence behind him early in the game, as Bart Orr channeled his inner Kevin Pillar as he laid out superman style on the first batter of the game to make an incredible catch. Brayden ended up pitching 4 solid innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, racking up 4 strikeouts and no walks. Dan Enright came in relief to close out the win for Rosalind, spinning his bending curveball for 3 shutdown innings while earning the save.

 

Ryan Yuha was the A's player of the game, leading the offence with a 2 for 3 effort with a double, single and 3 RBI's.  Rosalind capitalized on their opportunies, and had a good eye at the plate, scattering 6 hits and drawing 5 walks in home half of the innings.  Speed and conditioning, yet again, didn't appear to have been a priority again this off season as the A's collective weren't gazelle's on the base paths.

 

The Athletics take on the Camrose Roadrunners, and former A's veteran Kevin McDonald on Tueday in Rosalind at "The Homer Dome".  The farmers on the team are hoping that scheduled baseball games soon jinx the hot, dry weather and the clounds release a soaking 1" rain. 


A's Chopdown The Axemen
May 15, 2016, 11:03 pm

2016 Season Preview
May 15, 2016, 11:03 pm

A's Close Out Season With Big Tournament Championship
Jul 27, 2015, 10:03 am

After victories in their two round robin games, the Rosalind Athletics found themselves in the finals of the Cold Lake tournament against the home town Cardinals.  The A's had played two instant classics against Cold Lake last year, an 1-0 11 loss in round robin and a tough 5-3 loss in the finals.  Rosalind had gotten partial redemption after a 6-2 win on Saturday, and looking to even the series at 2 with a season ending win on Sunday afternoon.

 

Recent pick up, Jordan Hoover, got the start for the Athletics in the finals.  Hoover previously played against the A's in the PBL finals, and had been the starting SS for the A's in the first two games of the tournament.  The hard throwing righty proved to be a very solid addition, as Hoover threw a complete game victory.  The final line produced a 7Inn, 7K, 1BB, 6H, 0ER.

 

Offensively, Rosalind played to their stretghts and utilitized "small ball" while being aggressive on the base paths to put their runs on the board against a sound Cardinals teams.  After the A's gave up an unearned run, the speedy Hoover was thrown out at home on a perfect throw after leading off the bottom of the innning with a booming double.  The A's didn't threaten again until the bottom of the 4th inning, when M.Enright led off with a walk, Ronsko followed with a single before Gjesdal hit an RBI double.  Pederson then layed down a bunt, allowing Ronsko to score on the squeeze and put the A's up 2-1. In the bottom of the sixth, after Gjesdal reached on an error, Pederson sacrifice bunted in an attempt to move Gjesdal into scoring position, but a tough call eliminated Mark, but Pederson still got to second and took 3rd on a stolen base. With two out, Hoover got hit by a pitch for the 2nd time in the game, followed by a wind aided double hit in front of the right fielder to cash Pederson and Hoover and put the insurance runs on the board that the A's needed.


Athletics Clip Cardinals Wings; Advance to Final
Jul 27, 2015, 10:02 am

The second game of the Cold Lake tournament had the A's taking on the home town Cold Lake Cardinals.  The second game wrapped up the round robin portion of the tournament, and would effect the standings and 'A' and 'B' final match ups.  After Rosalind upset the Westlock Red Lions, and then the Red Lions beating the Edmonton Athletics, a solid game by Rosalind would put them in the final versus mostly likely the Cardinals.

 

'Big game Benny' took the mound in his fourth straight important game for the Athletics.  Benson did what he always does, putting in a consistent effort by keeping the ball down and using the surging defence behind him.  Brayden was on fire, as for six straight innings no Cardinals advanced past second base and most innings only had a max of 4 batters.  After an error in the bottom of the 7th, the Cardinals slugger went on to hit a two run homerun, but the game was already in the bag.

 

Offensively, the A's won the game on the backs of a strong five run inning.  A single, walk and 4 straight hits put all the runs on the board that the A's would eventually need.  The top of the order lead the way, as Hoover, S.Enright and Yuha all had multiple hit games and each scoring runs.


Rosalind Tames Red Lions in Cold Lake
Jul 27, 2015, 10:01 am

The Rosalind Athletics headed north for the second year in a row to take part in the Cold Lake Cardinals tournament. A prestigious 4 team tournament at a beautiful ball park with great facilities.  Many of the A's wives and kids made the trip into a camping weekend at the provincial park close to the baseball diamonds.  The Athletics would face the NCABL's Westlock Red Lions in their first game of the tournament.  The Red Lions are a perenial contenders in the North Central Alberta Baseball League, and a tough test for the A's.

 

The Athletics sent Steve Enright to the mound, looking to keep the Westlock hitters off balance with his wily repitore.  Enright has had a hot and cold season, battled a hip injury, and looking to end the season on a high note.  The veteran right hander was able to do just that, racking up a season high 5 strikeouts.  As is the Athletics general pitching strategy, the starting pitcher threw yet another complete game.  The only time Steve got in trouble was after a lead off error in the 5th, followed by a two out double.  Otherwise, the Red Lions base runners never got past 2nd base as Enright induced plenty of pop flies and ground balls.

 

Offensively, Brayden Benson had his best game of the year, with a single and double with 3 very important RBI's.  Recent addition, Jordan Hoover, showed why he gave the A's fits in the PBL Championship series, as he was 4 for 5 with 5 stolen bases.  Matt Enright also put up good numbers, as he chipped in 3 singles and reached on a error on his other plate appearance to reach base every at bat and score 2 runs.


Tough Loss Crowns Royals PBL Champions
Jul 22, 2015, 9:14 am

Armena Royals - 6

Rosalind Athletics - 5

Called in the 6th inning on account of lightning.

 

After a blow out loss in game one of the Championship series, Rosalind was eager to get back on home field to even the best of 3. The Athletics had shown a lot of resilency, coming back from down 8-0 before getting within striking distance in the fourth inning before the wheels fell off in the 5th.  The key to the game would be for the A's to quiet the Royal potent offence and mount some pressure of their own early in the game.

 

Rosalind sent the right hander Brayden Benson to the mound for the critical elimination game start.  Benson had been dominant in other two playoff starts, shutting down the aggressive and hard hitting Ryley Rebels with series MVP quality pitching.


Hot Hitting Royals Take Game One, A's Have More to Give
Jul 16, 2015, 11:15 pm

From the emotional high of beating the reigning PBL Champions, the A's came crashing down in game one of the finals.  The previous series that had a lot of intensity and clutch moments, did not translate to the opener versus Armena.

Armena Royals - 15

Rosalind Athletics - 5

 

Story and stats to be posted tomorrow.


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