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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.

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.



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