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Third Walkoff Loss For Rosalind This Season, Heisler Again
Jun 7, 2015, 9:21 pm

The Heisler tournament was a bit condensed this year, as only the Cardinals, Spring Lake and the Athletics would play a mini round robin with one game against both other teams.  These three teams have all been semi final or finals teams for the last three years of Batttle River baseball playoffs, so it looked to be a chance to play extra baseball against good teams.


In game one, Rosalind took on Heisler in a classic game that always seems to come to furition whenever the Athletics and Cardinals get together.  The game featured a matchup of pitching staff aces as well, as Dan Enright took on Cory Martz.


With the bats in their hands, Rosalind was able to put together a few fruitful innings against Martz.  In the third inning, Josh Burnstad got it going with a double to the right center gap, followed by Mark Gjesdal, Tyrel Herder and Ryan Yuha singles to put three runs on the board and give the A's a 3-1 lead.  After yielding the lead to Heisler in the 6th inning, Clayton Harbak hit a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Burnstad to tie the game at 4 in the top of the 6th.

Controversial Calls Effect Game That Ends in a Tie
Jun 5, 2015, 9:41 am

The Athletics travelled to the Powerline equivelent of the Field of Dreams at a community hall, adjecent to farmers fields for as far as the eye can see.  The game marked the beginning of the second half of the PBL season.  The first half left a bit to be desired for the A's, as two walk off loses make a difference in a 3-4 record, compared to a potential 5-2.


Rosalind sent youngster, Brayden Benson to the mound for his second start of the season.  The A's were looking for a similar shutdown performance that Benson put together versus the Roadrunners earlier in the season.  Benson battled through 4 innings of work, giving the A's a chance to win when he left the game.  Steve Enright came into the game in relief, but struggled to get his pitches to keep Bardo off balance.  After 5 batters, and one out, Enright gave way to Ryan Yuha.  Yuha did an admirable job to end the inning and get the A's back on offence.  Controversy came about in the sixth inning, after a hit by pitch and a single put runners on the corners with one out.  Yuha was called for a balk, while trying to keep the Bardo baserunner at bay, on a pitch that he did appear to come set on, forcing in the runner from second.


The Athletics were lead offensively by Adam Enright, as he hit the A's first homerun of the season.  Enright went 3 for 3, two singles, HR, 2 RBI's and a walk with 3 runs scored.  Steve Enright also went 3 for 3 with 3 singles and 2 RBI's.  In a slugfest between both Athletics teams, there were contributions througout the line up, but the good guys came up a run short from a big win.


The game was "called on account of darkness" after seven innings, with Bardo and Rosalind tied at 9, at 8:57pm.  This after the A's and Armena played an 11 inning game 2 weeks previously.  With the A's battling for a playoff spot, the game being called as a tie after 7 innings was disappointing to say the least!

Athletics Battle but Fall to Nemisis Cardinals
May 31, 2015, 7:32 pm

After the quarter final win versus the Killam Braves in the Spring Lake tournament, the Athletics were set to take on the Heisler Cardinals for the first time of the season.  There was a significant roster turnover from the Saturday morning game, as only 4 of the 9 players played both games.


Steve Enright went to the bump for Rosalind, facing off against the Cardinals hard throwing lefty, Nolan Miller.  Although Enright had multiple baserunners on in a majority of the innings, he and his defence were able to work through a few jams and keep the game close the whole way.  The game ended up turning on a bang-bang line drive out that the A's were close to picking off the base runner at second to end the inning.  In the end, the Cardinals were able to cash 2 runs in the top of the 6th to take a 3-2 lead that they didn't relingquish.


Nathan Pederson drove in the only two runs for Rosalind in the bottom of the fourth inning, as he hit a line drive over the left fielders head, cashing Gjesdal and Enright as the A's took a 2-1 lead.  Nathan ended up going 2 for 3, as the only Athletics hitter with multiple knocks.  Mark Gjesdal also added a triple in the game courtesy of some heads up base running.  The game also marked the return of Tyrel Herder, filling in for a short handed Rosalind lineup.


The Athletics have a PBL bye on Tuesday night, but get back to work on the second half of the season on Thursday as they goto the Powerline's version of the Field of Dreams in Bardo.  You can find it on a map north of Round Hill.

Rosalind Snaps Losing Streak, Beats Killam in Spring Lake
May 30, 2015, 12:36 pm

After back to back loses in league play, Rosalind entered a rag tag squad with a couple super subs into the annual Spring Lake tournament.  In the first game of the tournament, the A's were set to take on the Killam Braves on a cold and rainy morning at the end of May.


Brayden Benson took to the mound for second start of the season, and third appearance.  Benny got to work right away, scattering only 2 Braves hits through the first four innings.  The local Rosalind youngster ended up throwing a complete game, exactly what the A's needed as the pitching depth on the weekend was minimal.


Offensively, the left handed hitting bash brother combo of Josh Burnstad, Kevin McDonald and sub Brandon Heck all crushed the ball all over the field.  Each of the guys had 3 hits and multiple RBI's.  Heck was 3 for 3 with 3 doubles and a walk.  Ryan Yuha also gave the homerun leader board a scare, with a deep fly ball off the left field fence; which remains the longest Rosalind hit of the season.

Ugly Game Puts Rosalind in a Playoff Hole At Midseason
May 29, 2015, 1:05 pm

To close out the first half of the Athletics inaugural season, the A's hosted the perenial powerhouse Leduc Milleteers.  On a beautiful Thursday night in May, and after having received a timely 1/2" of rain at the diamond, the A's and M's were to battle, as both teams were trying to jump ahead of eachother in the playoff race.


Rosalind started right hander Ryan Yuha, his second start of the season, after having made a solid transition to the outfield as well.  Yuha gave up a run early in the first inning on two hits, but settled in quite well the rest of the way.  Displaying gold glove calibra defence from the mound, Yuha entered the fifth inning tied 1-1.  A couple of errors and a solid hit home run down the right field line put the A's in a hole that they couldn't recover from.  Matt Enright came on to finish the game, the forth appearance of the season for the A's closer.  Still double checking the stats to see if Matt gave up his first earned run of the season.


Offensively the Rosalind line up faced a vintage Roger Clemens, or at least that's how the batters made it look.  As the Milleteers fireballer of a pitcher racked up multiple strikeouts per inning, leaving the A's hitters to look over matched on many occasions.  The lone bright spots were Bart Orr and Matt Enright's 2 for 3 performances.  Ryan Yuha drove in the A's only run, with a double in the first inning. 


The A's travel to Spring Lake to partake in the annual Sports Days tournament at the antique community hall on a diamond that is probably a stunt double for the Field of Dreams.  With a sprase and rag tag roster the Athlets take on the Killam Braves at 9am.

Bizzare First Inning Stunts Rosalind Comeback
May 26, 2015, 10:32 pm

The Athletics travelled to Ryley to take on the regining Powerline Baseball League 2014 Champions.  The Rebels currently sit in first place, with a 5-0 record, and look to be the favorites again this year.  Their ability to crush the ball all over the yard has been rumored, and the A's were looking to slow down the Rebels offence and make strides in the early playoff race.


Once again, Rosalind gave Dan Enright the start in an important game.  Enright was for back to back quality starts, coming off a strong 9 inning performace against Armena last week.  Dan's start can be seperated into two parts: the first inning, and the rest of the game.  The first inning started off rough, with a hard hit double and a booming home run.  Not a great start, but nothing serious, as this tied the game at 2-2.  After a batter got hit, followed by a squib single that got through the infield, the Rebels 6th batter almost hit his hands on a beauty 2 seam fast ball bearing in on the right handed batter.  Yet, as the ball hit only a few inches above the batters hands, it somehow was able to creep over the wall for a 3 run shot.  Bizzare!

From that point on, as a few strategic pitching adjustments were made, Enright shut down the Rebels offence and gave the A's a chance to claw back into the game.


Offensively, Rosalind has been preching the importance of getting off to a better start early in the game, and the A's delivered; putting two runs on the board in the top of the first.  Ryan Yuha hit a RBI double in the top of the first to give the A's a 2-0 advantage.  With the bases loaded in the fifth inning, McDonald cashed in a run on a fielders choice to make the game 3-5 for Ryley, chipping into the Rebels lead.  In the top of the sixth, Sheldon Pederson scored Matt and Dan Enright on a single that ended up getting past the left fielder and going to the wall, and Pederson standing up at third.  Pinch hitter, Steve Enright (who was batting the flu), got on to lead off the top of the seventh, took second on a passed ball and ended up scoring on a clutch RBI single by Bart Orr.


The A's look to close out the first half of the season (yeah, that came quick) as they host the Leduc Milleteers, a perenial contender in the PBL.



Athletics Back on Track After Win Over BlueJays
May 22, 2015, 12:03 pm

After a marathon, extra innings game on Tuesday in Armena, the Athletics were set to take on the Holden Blue Jays at the "Homer Dome" in Rosalind on Thursday night.  Holden has been an up and coming team in the PBL for the last few years, culminating in an appearance in the finals last season.  The Blue Jays are a good team, and Rosalind needing a win making for an exciting match up early in week 3.


Coming off the tough loss versus the Royals, the A's sent veteran hurler, Steve Enright to the mound to right the ship.  Steve wasn't taking any prisoners, sending messages, as his 50mph curveball managed to hit three Holden batters.  With some ancy feet in the batters box, Enright relied on a solid defense behind him for 5 innings.  Steve worked out of a jam in the 5th leaving the bases loaded and a 7-3 lead for the A's.  In a rare relief appearance, Brayden Benson came out of the pen, to throw one quick inning and the start of the 7th before turning the ball over.  Fresh off a clean shave and haircut that made closer, Matt Enright, look like a 12 year old boy compared to the Brian Wilson bearded maniac image he had been sporting.  Oh, and he also shut the door to secure the victory for the A's.


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but it was offence by committee that lead the charge for Rosalind in a win. Without many, what most baseball minds would call, “offensive threats”, the A’s managed to string together 15 hits, with only one being for anything more than a single. The majority of the A’s went 2 for 4, with Kevin ‘Skip’ McDonald leading the charge producing 3 RBI’s, followed by Nic Ronsko’s 2 for 4 appearance with 2 RBI’s.

Highlight of the night was Nathan Pederson’s web gem of a catch, laying out for a diving catch in left field, that Steve called, the current leader in Play of the Year.

The final score was 10-5 in favor of Rosalind, keeping an unbeaten record at home intact. The A’s travel to Ryley to take on the current first place Rebels on Tuesday. It has the makings to be a very good game, make sure to come out and watch.

A's Lose Heartbreaker to Armena in 11 Innings
May 20, 2015, 9:36 am

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.....that that was just between the seventh and eleventh innings!


Rosalind travelled to Anniversary Park in Armena to take on the Royals in Powerline Baseball League action on Tuesday night.  The A's entered the game on the heels of a loss versus the Beamount Angels, looking to right the ship early in the season.  Rosalind's roster was in flux, as the flu was going through a few families, a couple guys busy with farming related work commitments, and a late developing story as Clayton Harbak was getting stitches to his wrist hours before game time.


Dan Enright got the nod for the Athletics, his second start of the year, and did not disappoint.  The veteran right hander ended up throwing nine strong innings in the eventual no decision.  Enright ended up.  Paul Ofirm came in to throw the tenth and eleventh innings, ending up saddled with the loss.


The standard section detailing the offensive production was going to be a short and sweet post, as Royals pitcher Ian Sherbannick completely shut down the A's through the first 5 innings of the game.  At one point the Rosalind dugout gave themselves a Bronx cheer after breaking up the perfect game with a walk, and subsequent hit to eliminate the no hitter.


That all changed in the top of the 7th, with the A's down 2-0.  Rosalind catcher, Sheldon Pederson, led off with a single and took second on an overthrow.  Left fielder, Kevin 'Skip' McDonalad singled and quickly stole 2nd to put the A's on 2nd and 3rd with one out.  Youngster Nathan Pederson kept the ball rolling with a clutch RBI single to right field, followed by Steve Enright's RBI single through the left side of the infield to tie the game.


The Athletics kept the momentum going in the top of the 8th inning, as Paul Ofirm hit a one out triple.  Sheldon Pederson hit a sacrifice fly to left field that would score Ofirm on a close play at the plate, and give the A's the lead for the first time in the game.


Everything was looking to be the makings of a huge come from behind victory, as Dan Enright was on the mound to shore up a win in the bottom of the 8th inning.  After two quick out through a ground ball to Benson and a nice catch by Ryan Yuha in center on a solid hit ball up the middle, the A's were an out away.  However, a hard hit ball to the opposite field that the right fielder broke in on, only to have it go over his head, left a Royals runner at third with two outs.  Following a tough error on a bouncy Anniversary Park infield, the game unfortunately was tied yet again.


The A's went down in order in the top of the 9th inning, putting Armena on the offensive in the bottom of the 9th with the top of the potent order due up.  Zenan Sherbannik led off with a single and was sacrificed into scoring position on a good bunt.  After an intentional walk, the A's got very fortunate on the rarely seen centerfielder looks like he's camped under a shallow hit pop fly behind 2nd only to drop it, get the force at second base and tag the confused runner hustling to third.  Textbook Rosalind A's baseball, and a heads up play by Ryan Yuha.


The top of the 10th looked potentially promising as Yuha slapped a single to find some grass, and stole second with a new found speed.  Ofirm reached on an error, putting runners on first and second with one out and a chance to take the lead once again.  However, Pederson and McDonald were unable to get the job done, like they did in the top of the seventh.


The bottom of the 10th looked harmless, after a ground out and a long fly out to left field.  Needless to say, a single and an error changed the confident outlook in a hurry.  After, a Petryshen single up the middle, centerfielder Ryan Yuha came up throwing in stride and gunned down the runner at the plate on a perfectly fortunate throw.


To the top of the 11th inning....with one out, Nathan Pederson reached first on a swinging bunt that ate up the Royals pitcher, giving life to yet another inning for the Rosalind squad.  Steve Enright followed with another clutch single to again, have runners at first and second with one out.  After Dan Enright hit a hard hit ball to the shortstop up the middle, Pederson was able to advance to third and force a throwback to the bag that got away from the third baseman.  On his attempt to score on the missed played ball, the now covering shortstop was able to throw a strike at home, and get Pederson at the plate.


Finally, the bottom of the 11th inning, which was going to the last inning regardless of the score.  A nice catch by the right fielder off of Zenan, put one out on the board.  Paul Ofirm, now on to work his 2nd inning, was nibbling, but walked Adam Johnson.  Doug followed with a single to put runners on 1st and 3rd with one out.  A tough play on a soft hit ground ball that third baseman, Brayden Benson, tried to turn a double play on ended up coming up short as the Royals baserunner scored.


The collective thud that could heard as the heartbreaking comeback for the A's ended up being for not.  But the A's get right back at it, as they host the Holden Blue Jays in Rosalind on Thursday, looking to get the bitter taste of defeat out of our mouths.  We're hungry, let's go!!

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