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Youthful Exuberance Beats Veteran Savvy
May 15, 2015, 9:12 am

The Rosalind Athletics first road trip of the PBL season took them to the booming metropolis of Beaumont on Thursday night.  The Angels are a young team, with a lot of talent and solid fundamentals.  Both Beaumont and Rosalind entered game three of the season at 2-0, so both teams were looking to keep their winning streaks alive.

 

Veteran Steve Enright took the mound for the A's for the first time in the 2015 season.  The man of many arm angles and pitch speeds versus the upstart Angels squad.  After rolling thru three innings, Beaumont was able to put 4 runs on the board courtesy of a could well hit balls, and a few rare and unfortunate errors by the A's defence.  Joe Pasychnyk and Matt Enright closed out the game for the A's in the loss.

 

While the A's didn't light up the scoreboard, they did take a 1-0 lead in to the fourth inning.  However, a few unlucky bounces, solid pitching and air tight defence by the Angels shut the Athletics down for the majority of the game.  Rosalind was only able to muster up 5 hits, making the 7-1 final score fairly reflective of the game overall.


Athletics Top Roadrunners in Battle of County of Camrose
May 15, 2015, 9:06 am

On Thursday night, the Rosalind Athletics took on their new neighbouring rival, the Camrose Roadrunners.

Youngster Brayden Bensen got the start for the A's, his first appearance on the mound of the new season.  Bensen was in fine form, continuing to pound the strike zone and create ground balls.  The only blemish to his pitching line came on a tailing line drive to the outfield that eluded the left fielder with two outs.  Clayton Harbak finished off the game for the A's, and the former Round Hill flame throwing standout tossed a clean inning.  Look for Harbak to make a comeback in a effort to provide depth in the pitching rotation.

 

For the second game in a row, the lead off position was on fire offensively.  Adam Enright went 2 for 3 with two hard hit doubles and a sac fly to put three RBI's on the scorebook.  Clayton Harbak was no slouch either,with a 3 for 3 day that consisted of 2 singles, a double and a walk.  Sheldon Pederson slapped a couple of RBI sac flies to the outfield.  Ryan Yuha went 2 for 2 with keen eye, and Matt Enright was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's.

 


Rosalind Wins In Powerline Debut
May 10, 2015, 8:54 am

The Rosalind Athletics hosted their league debut and home opener at the Rosalind Sports Grounds on Saturday, taking on the Bardo Athletics. There was a lot of excitement in the air with the move to the Powerline Baseball League, seeing most opponents for first time. The spring weather was perfect, as the sun was out and so were the A's fans, getting their first glimpse of the 2015 Rosalind roster. Surprise! Not much has changed.

 

Securing the coveted opening day start was local Rosalindite, Dan Enright, taking on a relatively unknown Bardo roster. ZamZam, as Enright is affectionately known from the hollers of right field, did a great job of throwing strikes and keep his defense involved with a pitch to contact philosophy. Enright threw 4 innings, while striking out 4, no walks and allowing only 5 hits. Ryan Yuha played the middle relief role for the A's, pitching the fifth and sixth innings. While Yuha made it interesting with a few walks, the right hander was able to get a couple of key strike outs to get out of a jam in his last innings. Matt Enright brought his intimidating beard out of the bullpen to close the game for the boys, working quickly and securing the A's first victory in the PBL.

 

Offensively, the Athletics got contributions throughout the entire lineup, scoring runs in five of their six innings at the plate. Noteable, was Dan Enright's afternoon, as the leadoff man went 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base. Catcher Sheldon Pederson seemed to be swinging a decent bat, with a 3 for 4 effort and 2 RBI's. Shortstop Adam Enright was on fire, 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBI's; the only blemish to his batting line courtesy of a terrific play by the Bardo third baseman. While Steve Enright didn't have a career night at the plate (1 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI), he did have a few fantastic defensive plays that stood out.

 

Next game for the Athletics is Tuesday as Rosalind hosts the Camrose Roadrunners at 7pm.


Season Preview
May 7, 2015, 8:25 am

The start of the 2015 baseball season is near.  The grass is turning green, farmers are busy out in the field seeding and spraying, and the weather (*editor’s note: it’s actually snowing right now) signals the boys of summer are back!  Here’s a look at what you can expect for the Rosalind Athletics in the Powerline Baseball League home opener on Saturday, May 9th at 2PM in Rosalind versus the Bardo Athletics.

 

 

The strength of the A’s team has traditionally relied on solid team defense.  The A’s might see some different lineups, potentially featuring some Enright’s in the outfield during the season.  Often thought to have had footwork ballerina’s aspire to, and therefore main stays on the left side of the infield, Matt and potentially Adam Enright, could see time in the wide open spaces of the outfield.  Even the athletic Ryan Yuha may be patrolling the grass in center field.  The cornerstone in the outfield though, will remain being the talented Nic Ronsko.  Clayton Harbak remains a mainstay at first, while youngsters Brayden Benson and Chance Wheatley bring a youthful exuberance on the shale.  Steve Enright continues to have second base locked down, and has added an over the shoulder catch to his skillset this year.  The A’s are continuing to try and upgrade their catching, definitely a weak spot.

 

 

Offensively, through a collection of youth and veterans, the A’s have a roster of patient hitters prepared to execute small ball to put runs on the board.  The return of Bart Orr and Kevin McDonald gives the Athletics a beneficial shot in the arm with plenty of experience and left handed hitters.  Once seeding is done, Rosalind looks to have Josh Burnstad swinging his big bat.

 

 

Pitching by committee has traditionally been the theme of the A’s rotation.  While Rosalind may not have any fireballers, they continue to have ballplayers that keep the ball down and hit their spots, while replying on the aforementioned defense to play tight.  Dan Enright is set to get the opening day start, while a variety of guys will be coming out of the bullpen to get some action early in the season.

 

 

As a new team in the Powerline league, Rosalind is prepared for plenty of stiff competition.  The parity in the PBL last year proved that you can’t take a night off and every game is important.  To say there’s a lot of excitement in the A’s roster for the upcoming season, is an understatement.  Can’t wait to get the season started.


Rosalind Atheltics Moving to the Powerline Baseball League
Apr 3, 2015, 8:50 pm

Breaking News...

 

The Rosalind Athletics will be making the move west for the upcoming 2015 baseball season, as an expansion team in the Powerline Baseball League.  At the PBL annual meeting on Thursday, the Powerline executive approved the A's application to join the neighboring league.

 

"In discussion for the upcoming season, it became clear that based on where the majority of players were living and working, we were going to have to see what our options were for current roster and going into the future" said A's player Sheldon Pederson.

 

"We loved our time in BRBL, but logistics forced our hand.  We're really looking forward to the challenge that PBL presents" added Steve Enright.

 

Obviously the history and tradition that Rosalind has with the Battle River Baseball League made the decision to leave quite difficult.  The heated rivalries with Heisler and Spring Lake have always brought out the best in all three teams, creating some memorable playoff series in recent years.  When the core of the A's was younger, match ups with Killam and Stettler proved to be roots for the prospects to build on.  Thank you to all past and present BRBL players and fans, we've appreciated being a part of the great tradition!

 

In the Powerline Baseball League, the A's will be joining the Camrose Roadrunners, Armena Royals, Bardo Athletics, Ryley Rebels, Holden Bluejays, Leduc Milleteers and the Beamount Angels.  The season kicks off in early May, so look for our new schedule to be released soon.  We're looking forward to it!!


A's Hitters Shutdown, Fall To Cardinals in BRBL Finals
Aug 1, 2014, 8:02 am

After a big game two victory to tie the Battle River League Champion series, the Rosalind Athletics were eager to get to Heisler and try to take back the Championship Trophy after Heisler had emerged victorious the last two seasons. 

 

After a dominate performance in the Cold Lake tournament over the weekend, it was a no brainer to turn to Dan Enright to end the championship drought.  Althought not as sharp as his most recent performance, Enright provided a pitching performance definitely good enough to give the A's a chance to win.  Dan pitched out of a based loaded jam, in the second inning to keep Rosalind out in front 1-0.  Heisler was able to provide a few clutch hits that eluded the A's hitters, as Blaine and Cody Wolbeck were able to the extra base RBI hits the proved to be the difference in the game.  Matt Enright came on to close out the bottom of the 6th, and give the A's the chance to rally in the top of the seventh.

 

Offensively, the A's wrote their own story on this final day of the playoffs.  Adam Enright got the A's started in the first inning when he doubled to the left center gap, and Ryan Yuha drove him in with an RBI single.  After that, Nolan Miller proceeded to go through the Rosalind order at will, keeping the A's hitters completely off balance and inducing countless groundballs.  Suffice to say, the confusion and disappointment that followed post game made this loss a bitter pill to swallow with more questions than answers.  Hat tip to Nolan, that was an impressive pitching performance.

 

The Rosalind Athletics wanted to thank all the family, friends and fans that came out to support us during another playoff run.  Your presence is definitely appreciated.  So, to close out this season, once again,..."there's always next year."


Athletics Battle To Tie BRBL Finals Series
Jul 30, 2014, 8:59 am

The Athletics were facing elimination as game two was hosted in Rosalind on Tuesday night.  A capacity crowd was on hand to see a hard fought game last Thursday, but the weather took the game out of the players hands, and forced the postponement to Tuesday.  Last night, however, Mother Nature supplied perfect baseball weather and the teams put on an equally great display in the latest installment of Rosalind versus Heisler.

 

Ryan Yuha took to the hill, looking to extend the series, and win the pitching duel versus his cousin, Cory Martz.  A locked in Yuha is tough to beat, and Ryan was up to the challenge on Tuesday night.  With a strong defence behind him, Yuha battled and scattered 7 hits and 2 walks in a complete game victory.  Most importantly, Yuha worked out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning, and left runners at second and third in the third inning.

 

Rosalind took the lead in the bottom of the second inning, after three straight singles by Skip, Sheldon and Brett.  Clayton Harbak, renouned for his speed on the basepaths, started the bottom of the 4th inning off with a hard hit double to the left center gap, sliding into second just under the Heisler tag.   RBI singles by Brayden Benson and Nic Ronsko put Rosalind out in front 4-1.  The A's played small ball in the bottom of the fifth inning after Sheldon Pederson hit a double over the centerfielders head.  A sacrifice bunt by Bretty Yuha and sac fly by Harbak gave the Athletics the insurance run that they needed to secure the victory. 

The fans were treated to a truly elite display of defence in the top of the 7th inning, as lead off hitter Alex Badry hit a routine single.  With clown music playing in the background, the A's proceeded to throw the ball away at second....and third.....while leaving a home defenceless as Badry scored a highlight run.  It's an good thing the TSN crew wasn't in the park to catch the Worst Play of the Day.

 

The third and final game of the series goes Thursday in Heisler at 6:30.  Come out and watch some great baseball and one of the teams crowned league champions of the Battle River Baseball League.


Rosalind Suffers Tough Loss in Extra Innings to Cold Lake
Jul 28, 2014, 9:02 am

Rosalind Athletics - 4

Cold Lake Cardinals - 6

 

Story and stats to follow...


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