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A's Continue Dominance at Castor Tournament
Jul 15, 2013, 10:30 am

Rosalind entered the A final of the Castor tournament as the 4 time champions, looking to make it 5 in a row from 2009 to 2013. The A’s were also looking for redemption against Coronation, after falling to the Cardinals in league play during the season, in a game that can only be described as ‘forgettable’. Needless to say, Rosalind brought a bit might more focus and intensity, resulting in an enjoyable ‘A’ final to play with plenty of excitement for the spectators and fans.

 

For the 2nd time this week, rookie Brayden Benson took the hill for the A’s and threw another absolute gem for the Rosalind squad. The young right hander had 5 strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter, only giving up 4 hits to a solid swinging Coronation squad. Brayden did a great job of pounding the bottom part of the strike zone, inducing 85% ground balls that the A’s infield gobbled up. Benson also made the highlight of the night, with a Robinson Cano style play, flipping the ball straight from his glove on a ball hit weakly up the first base line.

 

Offensively, Tyrel Herder put a couple of runs on the board, with a bloop over the Castor Widow in right field. Oddly enough, at the plate Sheldon Pederson didn’t look complete over matched, almost boarding on adequate, while going 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s and a sac fly. Shortstop Adam Enright continued to swing a hot bat, going 2 for 4. Nic Ronsko, feeling under the weather despite not taking in the AC/DC tribute band at the Beaver Dome, crushed the ball by way of a double and a single.

 

Defensively, Mark Gjesdal looked incredibly comfortable at third base, throwing a bullet to catcher Sheldon Pederson to gun out a runner at home. Mike Hilhorst, making a return to the lineup after a few weeks away, made two solid scoops at first base. First, after Gjesdal was able to double up a runner after snaring a line drive, and another on a bunt up the first base line that Pederson rushed to throw at the feet of Hilhorst. Recent call up, Brad Engel, showed a lot of hustle and speed laying out for a couple foul balls.

 

Both teams played really well, limiting walks and errors, and playing tremendous defence. Rosalind held a 3-2 lead going into the 5th inning, after Benson was able to pitch out of the rare jams he found himself in, shutting down the rally the Cardinals had going in the first and fifth innings. The A’s went on the win 6-2, and improve to 20-3 on the year.

 

Manager for the weekend, Clayton Harbak, had this to say about his squad and his managerial debut, “It's hard to bench players when you only have a roster of 9 for the weekend.  Card shark, Nic Ronsko, and his wild six beer night and late night antics should ahve kept him out of the line up.” Harbak was resting a recent quad injury, hoping to be able to make a return sometime during the second round of BRBL playoffs.

 

The A’s are back in action on Tuesday in Rosalind to kick off game one of the semifinals versus Spring Lake. Note the early start time of 6:30pm!

 


Rosalind vs. Heisler at Castor Tournament
Jul 15, 2013, 10:30 am

Rosalind - 4

Heisler - 0

 

Story and stats to follow


Rosalind vs. Killam at Castor Tournament
Jul 15, 2013, 10:29 am

Rosalind - 11

Killam - 0

5 innings

 

Story to follow


Rosalind Sweeps Amisk In Tough Game Two
Jul 10, 2013, 12:34 pm

Game two of the Battle River Baseball League playoffs took the Athletics of Rosalind out to the picturesque ball park of Shornecliff Lake to take on the Amisk Astros. After scoring 15 runs in the first two innings of game one, the Astros were able to shut down the A’s offence, so game 2 had the makings of being a tight ball game.

 

Young rookie, Brayden Benson, took the mound in an effort to sweep the Astros. Benson has pitched very well for the A’s this season, sporting a 3.05 ERA over his 23 innings pitched this year. Utilizing his change-up and slider, Benson kept the eager-to-swing Astros at Bay, only giving up 3 hits and walking 3 in his complete game shutout. His composure, tenacity and truculence, not only would have made Don Cherry proud, but also allowed Brayden to pitch his way out of a few rare jams that had Amisk threating to score in a tight ball game.

 

The game remained up for grabs, at 2-0 for Rosalind, up until the top of the 7th, when the A’s offence took control and put the game out of reach. However, in the 5th inning, the Astros had the bases loaded and the heart of their order at the plate. A running catch by Tyrel Herder, and a tough pick up for Nic Ronsko at first, allowed Rosalind to escape the inning with the lead. Ronsko has proven to be quite adept at the move to first base; most importantly keeping Adam Enright’s errorless streak at shortstop in tack, with an impressive jumping swipe tag.

 

Offensively, Clayton Harbak continues to prove why he’s Mr. July. Not because of he’s the cover photo for the upcoming “Rosalind A’s: Boys of Summer” calendar for July 2014. That honor (and the other 11 months) belongs to Nic Ronsko. Clayton is considered Mr. July, more importantly, because he is a legit clutch play-off performer; in the same realm as Derek Jeter in October. Not only is Harb a threat at the plate, but also a force to be reckoned with on the base paths. Turning singles into doubles, taking third when the ball is hit in front of him, and even scoring on a swinging bunt. This 110%, Brett Lawire-like effort, can come at a cost though. As Harbak, might have to be put on the 7 day DL, suffering from some hamstring tightness after sprinting home on the first run of the 7th inning.

 

When asked about the game and how long he might be out, Harbak had this to say ”Aggression on the base paths has always been a big part of my game, and the gamble paid off.  Applying pressure on the defence is always a good thing.  These long road trips are always good at building team chemistry.  Its good to see the team rolling as we go on our playoff push.”  As for this weekend, "the hamstring is still pretty sore this moring.  I've been making sure to ice it, but it doesn't look good for Castor."  Which is too bad, always look forward to Harb going oppo, over the spider web in right field.

 

Rosalind moves on to the second round, where they will play the winner of the Spring Lake-Coronation series. The Lakers were able to tie the series at 1-1 with a 8-4 win on Tuesday. The first game of the series will be on Tuesday, July 16th in Rosalind at 6:30PM. Note the time change, as the semi-finals and finals start at 6:30PM.

 


Athletics Send Astros Into Orbit
Jul 5, 2013, 12:19 pm

The Battle River League playoffs got kicked off on Thursday night, with the #1 seed Rosalind Athletics taking on the #8 seed Amisk Astros.  The Astros and A's only met one time during the regular season, with Rosalind securing a 12-2 win.  Rosalind entered the game on a bit of a roll, winning their last 6 games and 9 of their last 10.

 

First and foremost, the A's got a huge boost even before the game started, with a surprise visit by long time A's player and absolute beauty, Geordy Millar!  Geordy recently announced that he'd moving to Peace River to take on a new job opportunity, so it was awesome to see the big guy for the first time in 2013.  For those who don't know Geordy, you are missing out, but he is the A's resident funny man, heart and soul player and a first baseman that can scoop any of the junk our infield put in his feet.  He's also the legendary A's player that coined the phrase, "A's are forever!, ...[additional part censored, but it involves a hat]".

 

To the game! Amisk was able to get on the board early, scoring on run on A's pitching staff ace, Tyrel Herder.  A double and seeing-eye single had the A's down by one going into the bottom of the first.  It didn't get any prettier, after Steve Enright literally fell down while on base, resulting in the easiest pick off ever.  Sheldon Pederson is probably the only A's player that could have made it look effortlessly worse.  Enright noted that he was surprised not to face a barage of chirping on his return to the dugout, but given the situation, the A's obviously had their game faces on.  Rookie Nathan Pederson was also thrown out at the plate, trying to score from second on a single, as the A's ran into the first two outs of the game for Amisk.  However, the A's went on to score 15 runs in the first two innings, and put it cruise control from there on.

  

On the mound, Rosalind went with the pitching by committee assignment to shutdown the Astros.  Ty Herder got the start in game one of the series, while Ryan Yuha and Matt Enright came in relief to eat up innings and get some work after a weekend off for the pitching staff.  Herder went two innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits and striking out four Astros.  Ryan Yuha was lights out in his 3 innings, firing 6 K's on the scoresheet and while only facing 1 over the minimum.  Yuha's change up was the catalyst for his dominance, keeping the eager Amisk hitters of balance early in the count.  In the 6th and 7th inning, closer Matt Enright continued his impressive streak in his new role, only allowing 1 texas league hit while picking up a rare strikeout for the pitch to contact pitcher.  Enright showed additional depth to his pitching arsenal, using a very slow, high forkball to make a few Amisk batters look like absolute bird watchers at the plate.

 

Second baseman, Steve Enright had this to say about the game, "There were lots of positives right from the get go.  The boys were really swing it hot, even Ty got in on the hitting.  We were able to get up and it afforded us the opportunity to mix up the lineup.  Ron looked real good at short and Adam was a natural in left field, although he complained about the long job back to the dugout."

 

 

Game two goes on Tuesday night at Shornecliffe Lake, the home of the Amisk Astros, at 7PM.  If you're unable to make the road game, make sure you follow the A's twitter account for the live tweeting of the game.  In an unrelated note, do we have a volunteer to live tweet the game?   If nothing else, the trip out east is worth the price of admission for the quality baseball, or the assortment of fancy soft ice cream and hearty Taco-In-A-Bag from the impressive concession!


Zam Zam is back! Rosalind Clinches First Place in BRBL
Jun 27, 2013, 9:39 am

The Athletics travelled to Heisler with first place in the Battle River League on the line, in the final regular season game for the A's. Over the past few season, a healthy rivalry has been forged between the two neighbouring teams. The A's twitter account posted a fun fact prior to the game: Rosalind or Heisler has been in the Provincial 'AA' final 3 of the past 4 years. The latest battle of perennial BRBL contenders would not disappoint.

 

Rosalind was excited to give Dan Enright the start in the season finale, not only giving the ball to a dependable pitcher, but also a chance to rack up some important innings as work commitments have gotten in the way. Right from warm up, Enright's pitches had more life behind them than his previous outings in the 2013 season. Zam Zam did a great job of keeping his pitches down, highlighted by a filthy change up.  After Dan pitched 4 solid innings, while giving up only 1 earned run on 5 hits.  Tyrel Herder closed out the final three innings, picking up his 4th win of the season.

 

Offensively, the A's were in tough as the Cardinals sent Cory Martz to the hill; easily one of the premier pitchers, not only in the league, but in all of Alberta. Rosalind was able to capitalize early on a few timely hits, and some aggressive baserunning. Steve Enright lead the way, stealing 2nd and third in the same at-bat. The rest of the A's followed suit, with Adam Enright and Tyrel Herder picking up a couple of stolen bases as well. Nic Ronsko continued the aggressive baserunning, not only for the pinch hit, 2 RBI double, but for taking 3rd on the throw to the plate. The at-bat of the night goes to Matt Enright, for his excuse me check swing single that just landed fair over 1st base, scoring 2 important runs early in the game.

 

On the defensive side of the game, the A's were hit and miss. Catcher Sheldon Pederson was fortunate to throw out two Cardinal stolen base attempts early in the game, limiting a Heisler rally early in the game. Steve Enright also made a terrific heads up play on a 1st and 3rd stolen base attempt, cutting off the throw and gunning down the runner at home. On the opposite side of the ledger, a few outfielders errors looked to be haunting as the Athletics 5-0 lead seemed to evaporate on a few unfortunate plays. However, late in the game, the traditional A's defence prevailed as Tyrel Herder and Matt Enright both ranged deep to make running catches in the gap.

 

Here's what starter Dan Enright had to say about the game and his appearance, "I was pleased to see more life on my fastball compared to my other starts this season. A few small adjustments to my mechanics surprisingly made a big difference. In the game, a few untimely walks and uncharacteristic errors in the outfield gave Heisler bats life and momentum. Luckily, the we pounced on a few similar Heisler errors. It's reassuring to have Ty to come in and shut the door and preserve a big win. A shoutout to the rook (Brayden Benson) for an excellent bunt, and a tip of the cap to Nic Ronsko on his clutch pinch hit liner over short that really broke the game open in the 7th for us. That's why he's our MVP! What a beauty!!"

 

 

It was an important game for the A's, especially to get another win against Heisler, as those have been hard to come by the last two seasons. Rosalind will be hosting game one of the playoffs against either Amisk or Lougheed, starting next Thursday.  Fans make sure to check the website and team twitter account (@RosalindSports) for all the playoff times and dates.

 


Herder & Benson Dominate vs Lougheed in the Finals
Jun 24, 2013, 1:32 pm

After round robin play, the final featured the leaders of both pools in the baseball tournament.  The Lougheed Wildcats were able to squeak into the 'A' final via runs for and against, after all three teams ended up 1-1.  Lougheed ended up +3, with the Camrose Cougars at -1 and the unlucky Armena Royals at -2.

 

Early forecasts didn't look good, but mother nature co-operated beautifully as the sun was shining and the sky was blue.  Even the diamond was in good shape after getting poured on much of Saturday night.  The extra work the A's and the Rosalind Elks put in made infield, mound and batters boxes more than decent to play in.  Also, a thank you to the Elks for allowing us to join forces for the combined tournament hosting.  The talent off the field and in the stands did not go unnoticed, and was greatly appreciated.

 

In the finals, Rosalind sent young Brayden Benson to the mound to battle hard throwing lefty Alex for Lougheed.  Brayden did a great job of keeping the ball down, playing right into the solid A's defence behind him.  Benson really got in a groove late in the game with 3 strikeouts in the final two innings, on the way to a 8-1 mercy victory for Rosalind in 5 innings.

 

Offensively, Tyrel Herder continued to be a juggernaut of the tournament, absolutely crushing the ball all over the field with timely hits.  Local boy Ryan Yuha provided 3 clutch hits in the finals, and displaying never before seen speed on a double in the gap.  Matt Enright also had a hot stick in the finals, leading the way with 3 walks in his 3 at bats.  His solid plate disipline and good eyes are attributed to his "Elton John" sunglasses that Matt rocks on the bright dog days of summer.

 

The A's wanted to express some large Thank You's to all the people who helped us run the beer gardens during the tournament.  Also to Reg Enright for providing terrific, Vin Scully quality commentary for the fans during all the A's games.  Someone really needs to get Reg a twitter account to live tweet the A's games.  Lastly, a special thank you to Carly, Kelsi, Katie, and Jenn for all your bartending the beer gardens! Obviously we wouldn't have done nearly as well without you girls.  We'll start working on your wish list for next years event to make it bigger and better.  Dance Party?!


Athletics Glide Past Astros
Jun 24, 2013, 1:27 pm

Is there anything Tyrel Herder can't do?!

 

Nope.  The Rosalind Athletics sent the hard hitting and pitching staff ace to the mound against the Amisk Astros, trying to secure a berth in the tournament finals.  With a win the A's would face the Lougheed Wildcats in the finals, and for the 2nd time in 3 days.  The match up versus Amisk was also a league make up game, making the game doublely as important.  Futhermore, Heisler lost to Spring Lake on Thursday, so with a win over Amisk, the A's final game of the season would be a battle for 1st place in the Battle River League.

Offensively, Clayton Harbak was the catalyst for the Athletics against Amisk.  Harb crushed a double and single for 3 RBI's.  More impressively were the wheels Harbak showed on a infield single (ruled toughly as an error by the offical scorer) that Harb gracefully slid head first in to second on the overthrow.  This is the kind of agility and speed that makes Harb a 5 tool player and offensive dynamo.  Basically the Miguel Cabrera of the Battle River League.

 

Tyrel Herder got the start for the A's and went a solid 3 innings, giving up only 1 hit to the Astros.  Matt Enright closed the book on Amisk in the 12-2 mercy win.  Enright gave up his first earned run of the season after a lead off double in the 4th inning.  Enright has been lights out since transition to the closer role.  Much like Brett Cecil, Matt has shut down the opposition with his splitter while also rocking glasses.  I'm sure Emma would like to see Matt with a similar mohawk to complete the look.

 


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