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A's Pitching Looks Like Vintage Roger Clemens Vs. Lougheed
Jun 13, 2014, 10:37 am

In a rare, two league games in a week part of the BRBL schedule, the Rosalind A's took short staffed roster to Lougheed to take on the Wildcats.  With expecting dad, Adam Enright on the paternaty list, and the guys working in Edmonton unable to make the trek out east, a collective "Whew! Atleast we've got 9!" when the 2nd half tonne pulled up to the diamond.

 

Youngster Brett Yuha got the start against the Wildcats, and was racking up strikeouts at a similar frequency to his strikeout rate while trying to wheel phone numbers at the bar on a weekend.  The young fireballer overmatched a lot of the Lougheed hitters with his fastball.  On opposite end of the age spectrum, lefty Mike Hilhorst closed out the game for the A's, polishing off the last 3 innings with a solid fastball and a flithy curveball that left a few of the Wildcat hitters waving at air.

 

 Offensively, the A's put forth a complete team effort, as each one of the batters had 6 plate appearances in the lopsided victory.  All the Rosalind players had hit, many multi hit performances, and all players scored a run.  Steve Enright, Brett Yuha and Ryan Yuha all had 3 hits a piece.


Benson Neuters Castor Raiders Offence
Jun 11, 2014, 8:19 am

Coming off a disappointing loss last week against Coronation, the A’s were eager to get back on track and in the win column versus the Lougheed Wildcats in the 2nd home game of the season.  On a side note, the baseball diamonds in Rosalind are in great shape in large part because of the time and effort that Dallas Barbers father has been putting in.  The A’s really appreciate it! Thank you!

 

Sophomore Brayden Benson took to the mound against the Castor Raiders, in his 3rd appearance of the season.  Raiders went to the plate eager to hit in the first inning, where Castor strung together 3 hits and 2 runs.  Defensively, Benson was a one man infield machine; making 8 or 9 put outs on his own.  Benson showed the poise to check back runners on hard hit balls up the middle that is rare amongst pitchers in the situation.  Nic Ronsko made a valiant effort on a hard driven ball down the line that was slicing away from him, otherwise the Raiders would have only scored 1 run in the first.

 

Offensively, the Rosalind squad put together a solid team effort, putting runs on the board throughout the lineup.  Newcomer Cory Lohr looks to be a solid addition to the team, as he got better as the game went on, with a single and double in the latter innings.  Brett Yuha also had a stand out game at the plate, seeing the ball well while hitting two singles and a double, and an aggressively graceful, chest first slide during a stolen base attempt.

 

The A’s travel to Lougheed on Thursday night to take on the Wildcats.


Ghosts of Burma Bridge Continue to Haunt the Athletics
Jun 5, 2014, 8:28 am

For some reason, whenever the A's travel to play Coronation, as soon as they cross into the river valley and the beautiful ball park that is Burma Bridge, a few crucial errors seem to be unavoidable, and costly.  Last year, it was Nic Ronsko's MVP like season that hit a bump in the road while in Burma Park; this year, Steve Enright supplied the aggressive base running miscue that in hindsight, loomed large.

 

Dan Enright took to the bump for the A’s, coming off a stretch of working nights, the young right hander was eager to do battle versus the Cardinals.   If his first inning was any indication, the extra rest between starts did him well, as he struck out the side overmatching the Coronation hitters with his live fastball. Brett Yuha continued to build off his strong performance in the Heisler tournament, with 2 solid innings of work with his tight and devastating curveball that left Coronation jelly legged countless times. The only blemish on his line was 3 unfortunate, and unearned, runs. Brayden Benson finished off the bottom of the 6th with a solid pick off on second base, of his only base runner.

 

Offensively, let’s say that an opportunity was missed in the first inning, with the bases loaded and two out, when Steve Enright tried to steal home while the Cardinals battery was caught napping. The A’s have vocalized an effort to be more aggressive on the base paths, so this decision wasn’t truly out of the blue. However, adding to the head scratcher of aggression, was the fact that the batter in the box hit a double in the gap to lead off the next inning. Possibly, 3 RBI’s squandered, but who’s counting anyway…except maybe the statistician or webmaster.

 

After, the defensive lapse in the bottom of the 5th, the Cardinals were able to take a 5-3 lead and put the pressure on the A’s offense before a possible thunderstorm rolled into the valley. Adam Enright was able to drive in a run with a sac fly in the 6th, but that’s the only runs that Rosalind was able to muster. Sheldon Pederson displayed his warning track power, yet again, in the top of the 7th but was unable to be cashed in to tie the game. Pederson continued a rare hot streak, with 2 doubles and a single. Matt Enright turned in the performance of the night, with a Gladiator effort after being drilled in the knee in his 2nd at bat. The usually spry Enright, was limited to first base duty and an apprehensive jog down the first base line in his final at bat.

 

In league play, Rosalind hosts Castor on Tuesday and travels to Lougheed on Thursday next week in a busy and expanded Battle River League schedule.

 


Late Game Hit From Unlikely Source Helps A's Triumph Over Heisler In Final
Jun 2, 2014, 9:42 am

Rosalind Athletics - 5

Heisler Cardinals - 4

 

Story and stats to follow...

 

What looked like a disaterous start to the game for the A's, turned out to be a huge come from behind win versus the Cardinals in the Heisler tournament. 


Steve Enright Spings Another Gem, A's Come From Behind To Beat Armena
Jun 2, 2014, 9:39 am

Rosalind Athletics - 7

Armena Royals - 4

 

Story and stats to follow...


Rosalind Rallies Late in Come From Behind Win vs Sping Lake
May 31, 2014, 8:57 pm

In the second game of the Heisler tournament round robin format, the Athletics took on neighbouring Spring Lake.  After the season opening loss, the A's were eager to even the season series at one, as well as secure first place in Pool B.

 

Rosalind sent newcomer, Matt Palmer to the hill to face Zimmer Inc.  Palmer managed to pitch himself into and out of trouble, with 6 walks and 4 strikeouts, while leaning on his heater for most of the game.  Matt 'The Terminator' Enright came in relief, and what also turned out to be a save situation.  No longer sporting the Brian Wilson-esque beard, Enright summoned another gear, on his way to rare strike out of the caught looking variety.  Given this new found dimension, fans are eager to start posting K signs, and may even print off a second page....just in case.

 

Offensively, Graham Zimmer shut down the Athletics for the first four innings, only giving up one hit.  The bottom of the order got the A's come back rally started in the bottom of the 5th, with 3 straight baserunners (two singles, while Pederson was lucky enough to get hit by a pitch while asurredly behind in the count).  Then productive outs from S. Enright, Wheatley and a single from A. Enight tied the game.

 

The big momentum swing came as Nic Ronsko continued a hot streak, leading off the bottom the the sixth with a triple.  Matt Palmer drove in the go ahead run, while Chance Wheatley tacked on an insurance run after a ground ball to the second baseman.

 

With the win, the A's secured first place in Pool B, and will play the Armena Royals in the cross over game at 10am on Sunday morning.    


Athletics Bats Come Alive vs Lougheed
May 31, 2014, 8:54 am

The Rosalind Athletics took on the Lougheed Wildcats in the first game of the annual Heisler Sports Days Tournament.  The A's are in a round robin pool with Spring Lake and Lougheed; with Heisler, Armena, and Castor in the other pool.

 

Rosalind sent youngster Brayden Benson to the mound, and attacked the strike zone with the same enthusaism that he drives spikes in the Battle River Railroad. The sophmore tallied 5 strike outs in 3 innings of work.  Fellow Rosalindite, Brett Yuha, came in to close the game, throwing an unpresidented about of heavy fastballs down in the zone, and sawing off lefties with his curveball and cutter.

 

Not only did the Athletics bring a solid pitching and defensive effort, but the bats came alive, putting up 7 runs in the bottom of the first innings.  The Rosalind hitters continued to swing some hot sticks through out the lineup, until Lougheed brought in Barry Truss to slow down the A's offence.  Sheldon Pederson led the way with two doubles and a single, while S. Enright, Wheatley, Ronsko and N.Pederson each had two hits a piece as well.

 

Rosalind meets Spring Lake in game 2 of the round robin on Saturday morning at 11am.


Dodgers Out Hit Atheltics
May 28, 2014, 7:28 pm

Lacombe Dodgers - 9

Rosalind Athletics - 6


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