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A's Come Up Short vs Combine Pilots in Extra Innings
May 28, 2014, 7:26 pm

In a battle that can be summed up as Hornstra versus Rosalind, the A's came up short in an extra innings game that could have gone either way.


Innisfail Indians Lose The Battle to The A's, and the 24 Hour Flu
May 28, 2014, 7:24 pm

Innisfail Indians - 1

Rosalind Athletics - 13


Rosalind Back on Track in Home Opener vs. Killam
May 23, 2014, 11:40 pm

Rosalind - 13

Killam - 1

 

Story and stats to follow...


So Apparently The Season Started - A's Fall To Spring Lake in Opener
May 23, 2014, 11:39 pm

Spring Lake - 7

Rosalind - 1

 

Story and Stats to follow...


Seventh Inning Rally Comes Up Short, Season Ends with 3-2 Loss
Jul 26, 2013, 8:02 am

Heisler - 3

Rosalind - 2

 

Story and stats to come...


Injuries a Factor, As Heisler Takes Game One
Jul 24, 2013, 8:02 am

For the third year in a row, the Rosalind Athletics would be meeting the Heisler Cardinals in the championship final of the Battle River Baseball League.   These two teams have been in the finals of the Alberta AA Provincial final 3 of the last 4 years, displaying the quality of talent in small town Alberta. Especially in the last 3 or 4 years, a healthy rivalry and mutual respect has developed between the A’s and Cardinals, much like the Yankees and Red Sox.

 

 

A sold out crowd, approximately 150 people, from Rosalind and Heisler area saw A’s pitcher Dan Enright get the start versus Nolan Miller for the Cards. Both pitchers have a solid arsenal, and have proven over the season to be more than capable of a game one finals start. However, both pitchers ended up getting knocked out early, after a multiple hits and a few walks. Rosalind led 5-4 after the bottom of the 3rd, with both teams going to their bullpens. Brayden Benson followed Enright, and went 2 1/3 allowing 3 runs in the relief appearance. Ryan Yuha closed out the game for the A’s, only allowing 2 runs the rest of the way. Overall, there were only a few pitches that the pitching staff would want back, compared to the homerun Cody Wolbeck hit out of the park, you have to tip your cap too.

 

 

Offensively, the Athletics were hot and cold for periods of the game. The third inning, in which Rosalind scored all their runs, the A’s batted around taking a 5-4 lead after a hot start by the Cardinals. However, from there on out, missed opportunities and multiple runners left in scoring position haunted the Athletics offence. Mark Gjesdal had the hot bat for the A’s, going 3 for 3 with a sacrifice fly. Tyrel Herder, Sheldon Pederson and Nic Ronsko contributed 2 hits each, while Kevin McDonald supplied a clutch 2 RBI double in the 3rd.

 

 

TSN could have had cameras rolling, as both teams many “Web Gem” highlight reel defensive plays that had the fans clapping and honking their horns. Mark Gjesdal and Tyrel Herder made diving catches in full flight. Devan Herder threw out a Rosalind runner at home in an attempted sacrifice fly. Obviously, fans can continue to be guaranteed high quality and exciting baseball from these Battle River teams for many years to come.

 

 

Injuries definitely played a roll in the outcome of the game for the Athletics, as Steve Enright pulled his hamstring running down to first on a ground ball in the first inning. Clayton Harbak continues to nurse a quadricep injury. The A’s were lucky to get Ryan Yuha back, after injuring his ankle on the final game of the regular season. As well, both Adam Enright and Josh Burnstad were also absent for the first game of the finals as well.

 

 

Ryan Yuha shared his thoughts on the game and the rest of the series, “There’s a lot of respect and competitive rivalry between these two teams. Wins rarely come easy, and tonight was no different. Heisler was able to capitalize more often than us, and when it comes right down to it, that’s why they won. Both teams know they need to play solid baseball every time we play each other and the rest of the series will be no different. Our games are always fun and intense because of that.”

 

 

Make sure you come out to Heisler on Thursday at 6:30, as the Athletics battle to bring the series back to Rosalind for a game 3! Tyrel Herder gets the start for the A’s in the elimination game.  "No excuses, we will be ready!"

 


Athletics Advance To BRBL Finals After Eliminating Spring Lake
Jul 18, 2013, 11:18 pm

The semifinals of the Athletics and Lakers series shifted to Spring Lake on Thursday night. It was a beautiful night in east central Alberta, as all of Spring Lake and Rosalind royalty were out to take in a good ol’ fashioned baseball game. The A’s were looking to close out the Lakers, and send themselves to the Battle River League finals for the fifth year in a row.

 

 

Steve Enright took to the mound for the Athletics, trying to eliminate the Lakers in the second round. The veteran pitcher was in fine form, looking like a young Greg Maddux, painting master pieces on the black with his fastball and curveball; even lighting up the radar gun with a high hard one to Eric Zimmer, just to keep the Spring Lake batters honest. Steve was able to induce many roll over ground balls and lazy pop flies through 6 innings, even while being squeezed on a few tight pitches. The seventh inning seemed to get away, as Spring Lake scattered multiple seeing eye singles, but Enright was able to close the door to secure the victory.

 

 

The A’s had the bats swinging all the way up and down the order, especially in the late stages of the game. Sheldon Pederson singled home the only run for the first four innings, as the game a tight battle 1-0 until the top of the fifth. Doubles by Nic Ronsko, Mark Gjesdal, Nathan Pederson, and Brayden Benson in the final two innings broke open the flood gates. Benson’s two out hit, and subsequent error by the Spring Lake left fielder, gave Rosalind a bit of a cushion in the 7th inning. Matt Enright tried to roll back the clock to his ‘pre-hamstring injury’ days, taking off like a bullet from first base in his first attempted stolen base of the season. Matt was narrowly out by ten feet, but like manager Harbak pointed out recently, it’s always good to change it up and keep the defence guessing.

 

 

Shortstop Adam Enright commented on the game, “It’s nice to finish off a series, and not have to play at game 3 where anything can happen. Overall, it was a well-played game and we pounced on a couple of uncharacteristic errors by Spring Lake. We have one more series to go, and we know it will be a tough test. Hopefully we can keep the bats rolling into the final.”

 

 

The Heisler Cardinals also went on to sweep the Killam Braves in the other semifinal, so the championship teams have been set. Much like the Yankees and Red Sox, the rivalry between the Athletics and the Cardinals has reached legendary heights, resulting in exciting and intense games. Many fans this year will recall the 1-0 game that Rosalind beat Heisler in the finals of the Spring Lake tournament, which had many saying it was one of the best live baseball games they had seen in a long time.

 


Rosalind Out Duels Spring Lake in Game 1
Jul 16, 2013, 11:05 pm

The second round of the Battle River Baseball League play-offs kicked off with Rosalind taking on their neighbouring rivals, the Spring Lake Lakers. This match up dates back to the 1940's, so to say the two contestants are battle tested is an understatement. Spring Lake defeated Coronation in 3 games, while Rosalind swept Amisk in the first round.

 

The Athletics would send their pitching staff ace, Tyrel Herder to the mound, while Spring Lake could counter with their own number one starter, Lance Zimmer. Tyrel battled through 5 innings, as Spring Lake sprinkled 8 hits and drew 3 walks on their way to 5 runs off Herder. There weren't many hard hit balls off of Herder, but they found holes in the vaunted A's defence; requiring Herder to work out of jams in the 3rd and 5th innings. Dan Enright was summoned with one out in the 5th inning, and although he walked in a run, he shut the door stranding 3 Spring Lake base runners. Ultimately, Spring Lake's plate coverage and discipline kept the pressure on the A's the whole game.

 

Offensively, the A's got a huge shot in the arm and the scorebook from a 2 run blast from Nic Ronsko. Ronsko barely missed another home run on his next at bat, just getting it off the handle. Recently multiple teammates and fans have raved and commented on the impressive ball player that Ronsko has developed into. Adam Enright continued his hot streak, going 3 for 4 at the plate with an RBI. Steve Enright contributed a single and double in a 2 for 4 performance, with the important go-ahead RBI. Sheldon Pederson went 2 for 2, unfortunately more memorable was his base running mistake, much to the chagrin of teammates and fans. With regards to the over aggressive base running, Pederson added, "My bad. That ones on me. Someone make sure Reg Enright knows it won't happen again, haha. Good thing we won, that's for sure."

 

Homerun hitter, Nic Ronsko, shared his thoughts on the game, "For anyone who says home field advantage doesn't matter in the BRBL, doesn't know what their talking about.  The fans in Rosalind are great, their support  is what propelled us to victory tonight.  That and my bomb."

 

In the end, Rosalind held on to win a scrappy affair, 7-5. It was an eventful and exciting game to be put in the history books in the Spring Lake vs. Rosalind chapter. It's a quick turnaround, as game two goes Thursday in Spring Lake at 6:30pm. The A's are still nursing a few key injuries to Clayton Harbak and Ryan Yuha, so the Athletics will be eager to take advantage of the elimination game. Be sure to follow the A's twitter account (@RosalindSports) and RosalindAthletics.com for updates.

 


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