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McDonald Father and Son Take Down Coronation
Jun 22, 2015, 10:15 am

The Rosalind Athletics took on the Coronation Cardinals in the opening game of the annual Rosalind Elks Slow Pitch and A's Baseball tournament weekend.  After two teams dropped out recently, the tournament was put together in two round robin pools of 3.  Rosalind grouped with the Castor Raiders and the Coronation Cardinals, while the Armena Royals, Spring Lake Lakers, and the Camrose Roadrunners were grouped in the other pool.

 

Veteran Kevin 'Skip' McDonald walked out to mound, with his knuckleball in tow.  McDonald did his job, inducing plenty of weak pop ups and rolled over ground balls.  Skip even danced a knuckleball down broadway to leave the Cardinals hitter confused as his walked back to the dugout with the strikeout.

 

The highlight of the game was pinch hitter Carter McDonald, son of pitcher Kevin McDonald being put into the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.  The Athletics were up 6-0 with two out and a runner on third.  The young fourteen year old took too mighty hacks, before slapping a single over the left side of the infield to score the runner and give the A's a walkoff mercy victory, up 7-0 after 5 innings. 


Ryley Hammers A's, Puts Dent in Playoff Hopes
Jun 22, 2015, 10:14 am

Coming off a big win versus Armena, the Rosalind A's were set to take on the reigning PBL Champs.  If the Athletics could add to their winning streak, a run at the playoffs might not be out of the question.  The first regular season game against Ryley was an odd, but interesting game.  The Rebels jump out to a 5-2 lead in the first inning off a couple of pop fly homeruns that would only expect to get out in the Homer Dome in Rosalind.  After the first inning, the A's Dan Enright shut down Ryley and gave Rosalind a chance to get into the game and tie it up in the top of the 7th before the A's got walked out in the bottom of extra innings.

 

After some pre game debate and strategy, Steve Enright was selected to get the starting nod versus the heavy swinging Rebels.  Steve stuggled out of the gate, as the Rebels spit out 7 runs and 8 hits before the A's and Enright could get out of the inning.  Brayden Benson came on in relief, and showed quite well.   

 

The offensive part of this game story will probably be longer than the collective at bats that the A's were able to muster.  Clayton Harbak was able to drive a double in the gap, to score Ryan Yuha's two out single to keep the game alive, at that point, in the 5th.  Overall, Yuha lead the feble Rosalind effort, with a 2 for 2 performance with an additional walk.  Harbak, Orr and Pederson supplied the only other hits off of Corey Epp.


Big Win vs. Armena Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive
Jun 17, 2015, 8:13 am

On Tuesday night the Rosalind Athletics were host to the Armena Royals, at "The Homer Dome" in downtown Rosalind.  The A's are currently battling to secure a playoff spot, so every game down the stretch has an elimination game feel.  The first meeting between the Athletics and Royals produced an instant classic, as the A's were one out away from a comeback victory, only for the Royals to walk it off in the bottom of the 11th inning.

 

With each game becoming increasingly important, the A's turned to their ace.  "Who ya gonna call...Dan Enright!!" Read that to the tune of Ghostbusters or that joke holds no weight.  Enright put together just the start that Rosalind was desperately in need of, especially against one of the league leaders in the Royals.  Enright was on point, scattering 4 hits, while racking up 7 strikeouts; a season high for the A's.

 

Offensively, Clayton Harback and Nic Ronsko put together quality at bats, both hitting a single and double on route to 2 RBI's each. Matt Enright went 2 for 2, with two singles, a walk and a HBP, while putting two RBI's on the board as well.  Sheldon Pederson added the worst play of the day, with a shot of the bat that put Pederson into homerun trot mode, only to miss first base while the ball hit the top of the fence, and left Pederson legging out a single.  Overall, it was great to see the whole line up, top to bottom, all contribute with timely hits and good baserunning.


A's Can't Catch a Break, Fall to Angels in Extra Innings
Jun 9, 2015, 10:48 pm

This chapter of the Athletics season brought to you by Missed Opportunities.  The A's hosted the Beaumont Angels to "The Homer Dome" on a beautiful Tuesday night in June.  The first meeting in the big city of Beaumont was a tight affair, until a few untimely error caught up to Rosalind, in a 7-1 loss.

 

The A's sent veteran hurler, Ryan Yuha to the mound for his 3rd start of the season.  Although Yuha admitted that he didn't feel sharp in the early part of the game, he was still inducing plenty of pop ups and rolled over ground balls.  After a quick 3 2/3 innings, the Angels strung together 3 straight hits and 2 runs to tie the game.  Matt Enright came into the top of the 8th inning, after Yuha had a walk to start the inning.  A sac bunt later, and the Beaumont hitter jacked a homerun out of the yard to take a 5-3 advantage.

 

Offensively, Rosalind had a great deal of pressure on the Angels early in the game.  Sheldon Pederson scored on a double crushed into the right center gap by Clayton Harback in the 2nd inning.  Pederson lead off the top of the 4th inning with a home run to left center, tieing Adam Enright for the homerun lead with one.  The A's were able to manufacture a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, after Nic Ronsko lead off the inning with a single and Bart Orr cashed him in with a double.  With Orr's pinch runner, Cory Lohr on third, with two out, Tyrel Herder smashed a line drive and potential walk off, into the outstretched glove of the first basemen.  Right now, the Rosalind squad can't catch a break...at all.


Bounce Back Game Vs. Spring Lake as Bats Heating Up
Jun 7, 2015, 11:22 pm

The second game of the Heisler mini tournament saw Rosalind take on the neighbouring Spring Lake Lakers. 

 

Tyrel Herder made his triumphant return to the mount for the A's, getting his first start in a couple of years.  Tyrel picked up where he left off, as one of the pitchers in the finals for Rosalind in 2013.  With his notable fastball command, and a tight, sharp curveball, Herder only gave up three hits and two walks thru 4 innings.  Mark Gjesdal made his season debut as well, working only the fifth inning before the A's mercied Spring Lake.  Mark only gave up two hits, and showed a very good arsenal of pitches to add to the depth of the A's pitching staff.

 

Offensively, the A's bats appear to be coming around, as throughout the line up everyone was putting hits on the board.  A big first inning, where the A's scored 7 runs did the most damage.  Josh Burnstad continued to crush the ball, as he went 3 for 3 with a couple of doubles.  Clayton Harbak also hit the ball well, especially after coming off his wrist injury, in a 3 for 3 effort.


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.


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