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Ginger Power - Gjesdal Hits The A's First Homerun of the Year
Jun 24, 2013, 1:24 pm

For the first time in modern day Rosalind history, the baseball tournament wasn't held during the May long weekend.  Instead, the Rosalind Athletics baseball team and the Rosalind Elks combined forces to host a baseball and slo pitch tournament this fine June weekend.  The dual hosted tournament gave a chance to provide more fan exposure, and potentially better weather than the 3rd weekend in May. (Which is now ironic, because of the rain that poured during most of the tournament).

 

The first round robin game saw the Rosalind Athletics take on the Castor Raiders (run the name together a few times, still makes me laugh).  Ryan Yuha got the call to take the hill for the A's, marking his 3rd start of the season.  The Raiders have some solid hitters, but Yuha was able to navigate through the roster with his fastball and change up.  Yuha's line in the win read, 5IP/7H/2W/4K/1ER to extend Rosalind's winning streak to 7 games.

 

The highlight of the game came courtesy of Mark Gjesdal, with a towering shot to the deepest part of the field for the Athletics first home run of the year.  Who would have thought that on a team with Tyrel Herder, Clayton Harbak and Josh Burstad that the first home run of the year would be belted out by the soft spoken ginger.  Obviously we need to add a props betting line to the website, as Mark's family could have cashed in on a long shot going deep.  Well done sir!


Rosalind Declaws Wildcats in League Play
Jun 24, 2013, 1:23 pm

The Rosalind Atheltics have obviously been spooked by the recent MLB ankle injuries to Jose Reyes and Brett Lawrie, because head first slides have become all the rage amoung A's base runners.  Even veteran Skippy was seen laying out, superman style, on a close play at the plate.  When your leaders are laying their body on the line, the younger guys obviously will follow suit.  Clyaton Harbak and Nic Ronsko continued the awkward head first slide, eating a mouthful of shale proudly as the dugout erupted in laughter everytime.

 

On the game, Nic Ronsko was quoted as saying, "I'm not going to church it up, we didn't play well.  Not A's baseball.  At any rate we came out with the win and we will be ready for Castor on Saturday morning."  On Pederson's pitching performance, Nic continued, "Shelly was bibbling at the strike zone, and just wasn't getting the calls.  He'll get it next time out."  Lastly on the upcoming Rosalind A's baseball tournament, Nic gave us these thoughts, "As the tournament [marketing director], the first 5 fans in the stands will receive a firm handshake and a smile from manager Matt Enright.  Also, for the ladies, Steve Enright will  be made available after the 11am game for pictures and autographs!  Ladies, try to control yourselves!!"


Rosalind MVP's Fall From Grace: The Nic Ronsko Story
Jun 13, 2013, 2:06 am

Sometimes you win; sometimes you're full value for a loss.

 

Although originally having a self proclaimed MVP caliber season, Nic Ronsko has taken great strides in his role on the A's roster, moving up to 5th in the batting order and a defensive staple in right field. Tonight however, wasn't Nic's night.  I'd like to say that Nic's botched attempt at stealing 3rd base to end a 1st inning rally was an unfortunate situation with a hilarious barrel roll slide outcome, but it turned out it wasn't.  I'd like to say that on any other day, Nic's single that he stretched into a double was heads up base running, but that is tough to pull off when a teammate may already be occupying second. This wasn't Nic's night...at all.

 

Truly, it wasn't a good night for the whole A's squad. Between leaving way too many runners on base or a few pitches left up in the zone, the A's put themselves in a poor situation for almost the entire night against the Cardinals. In the end, that will be the story, although a triumphant comeback would have been much easier to write about.

 

The A's sent rookie Mark Gjesdal to the hill at Burma Park to face one of the top teams in the early part of the 2013 BRBL season, the Coronation Cardinals. The young rookie wasn't able to get in his regular grove, however showed impressive perseverance to pitch out of a jam in the 1st and 2nd innings. Brayden Benson came on in relief, but wasn't able to stop the hot hitting Cardinal bats. Coronation produced a few Texas leaguer soft hits, followed by a couple of booming cracks that left the A's in a 10-5 deficit. Veteran Matt Enright was the final pitcher of the night for the A's, shutting the door on the Cardinals and giving Rosalind a chance to produce a memorable comeback. With his newly found Splitter on display for the first time, Matt was able to get the Cardinals to roll over a few weak ground balls, and yet another runner thrown out at home by the Athletics.

 

Rosalind rallied, yet again, late in the game with runners in scoring position in the 6th and 7th innings.  Down by 1, 10-9, in the top of the 7th.  The A's sent the bottom of the order to the plate.  The A's had the bases loaded with 2 out, and Adam Enright at the plate, but the short stop with the sweet swing barely missed the A's taking the lead after a nice pick by the third basemen.

 

The Highlight of the night (HOTN) normally would have gone to one of Nic's slight base running mishaps, or even his potential future brother-in-law being similarly gunned out at 3rd. However, on a more reflective night, the HOTN goes to Nathan Pederson, for taking a unique (or odd) line on a deep fly ball to right field, only to slip and fall, yet still make a beauty grab while laying on his back.

 

The Athletics have the weekend off from tournament play, but will be back in action taking on the Castor Raiders (yes, you read that right) on the road next Wednesday. The A's will also be hosting their own tournament June 22-23, so make sure to come check that out. Steve Enright has promised a stirring rendition of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer", and he welcomes all challengers, at the karaoke competition!!


Athletics Remain Undefeated vs. Powerline League
Jun 9, 2013, 8:16 pm

The Rosalind Athletics travelled to Anniversary Park in Armena to take on the Holden Blue Jays in the finals of the Tri-Hosted Powerline tournament. To get to the finals, Rosalind had mercied the Camrose Roadrunners and the Armena Royals in round robin play.

 

The A's sent Steve Enright's electric (rubber) arm to the bump for his third start of the 2013 season. Enright did a good job of keeping the young Holden squad off balance with his customary changeup and curveball arsenal, while painting fastballs on the corners when needed. The Blue Jays were able to put some pressure on the A's in the 2nd and 7th innings, with a couple of singles and a double in each inning, resulting in 2 runs in both innings. Otherwise, 10 ground outs and a few routine fly balls kept the Rosalind defence busy.

 

Much like the other two games of the tournament, the A's bats stayed hot with many patient and quality at bats. Tyrel Herder continued to hit the ball hard, going 2 for 3; while Steve Enright helped his own cause with a 3 for 4 effort. Adam Enright was the hard luck victim, absolutely crushing the ball right at the Blue Jays defence. A-Rod may think about switching back to hitting with the grain and producing a few broken bat singles to change his luck.

 

The highlight of the night obviously was Nic Ronsko's base running.  Not many guys can pull off the "Todd Stottlemyre" head/chin first slide into third with such grace and athleticism.  Ronsko appeared  a bit gun shy on a double steal late in the game.  However, as the anonymous forum poster pointed out, Ronsko is having an MVP-like season, so I'm sure it won't effect his role in the line-up.

 

Player/Coach Matt Enright was pleased with weekend overall, "It was great to have most of our guys back (for the first time this season).  Having Burnie back meas a lot to our team.  I mean, he didn't do much with the bat, and that's to be expected, but he's just a great presence in the dugout.   The boys love him.  Plus, you know he's a great addition in case we ever get in a brawl."

 

The A's travel to river valley at Burma Bridge to take on the Coronation Cardinals on Wednesday at 7pm.  Rumor has many of Mr.Enright's students coming out to see him in action.


The Return of Bernie
Jun 8, 2013, 9:09 pm

Game two of the Tri-Hosted tournament had Rosalind taking on the Armena Royals for the first time in modern history.  With an A's win, they would secure first place in the pool and advance to the 'A' finals in Armena on Sunday afternoon.

 

This weekend marked the return of Josh 'Bernie' Burnstad to the Rosalind squad, with seeding done and too windy to spray.  Simply put, Burnstad was the story of the game, on and off the field.  Whether it was diving catches in center field, over the shoulder catches at second, or just crushing the ball, Burnstad indeed added a spark to the A's roster, especially with the banter, chirps and defending Round Hill gumbo.  Bernie produced the highlight of the night, with a booming fly to right field that was tracked down by Jason Buzzell, doubling up the A's runner at 2nd; the fourth time Burnstad ended an inning.

 

Tyrel Herder started for Rosalind, and threw a typical Tyrel game.  Zero runs, two hits and 2 walks; Herder 1, Opponent 0.  Overall, another dominate game by the A's ace.  Working with the lead, Herder made the Royals earn their way on base for the most part.


Rosalind 7 Run Inning Produces Win vs. Roadrunners
Jun 8, 2013, 8:37 pm

The Rosalind A's  travelled to Round Hill to participate in the Tri-Hosted (Round Hill, Holden, Armena) tournament for the first time.  This new tournament gave the A's a chance to see more of their Powerline neighbours.  The game featuring the A's and the Roadrunners was the first game to be played on the newly created men's baseball diamond in Round Hill.

 

The Athletics sent Dan Enright to the hill, to make his season debut, after the rain out/cancellation of the league game vs. Amisk on Wednesday.  Enright started shakey, however, after the A's were able to get a lead, Dan was legendarily able "to go right at' em."  Enright, nicknamed 'Zam Zam' to those in Castor a few years ago, picked up the win and the 'at bat of the night' in earning the MVP of the game.

 

 


Tonights Game vs. Amisk at Rosalind is Cancelled
Jun 5, 2013, 6:53 pm

Amisk called this afternoon, and due to a shortage of players, was forced to cancel the game tonight in Rosalind. It has been rescheduled to be included in the Rosalind tournament.


Combine Pilots Harvest The Athletics
Jun 3, 2013, 7:29 pm

The semi-finals in the Heisler tournament saw the Rosalind Athletics take on the Provost Combine Pilots.  Rosalind defeated the Camrose Roadrunners in the quarterfinals, while Provost cruised past the Lougheed Wildcats.

 

Through 3 innings the two teams were batting through tough pitching and impenitriable defence.  Tyrel Herder got the start for A's, firing bullets and locating his impressive cutter.  Ty racked up 4 strikeouts  through the first 3 innings.  Scott H started for the Combine Pilots, pounding the zone with a heavy fastball from the get go; inducing multiple groundouts and routine fly balls.

 

The fourth inning was the undoing for Rosalind, as the Combine Pilots put together 4 runs that proved to be more than enough to battle past the A's.  The inning started off with 2 seeing eye singles, and a sacrifice bunt.  Herder was able to sit down Barry Truss with a timely strikeout.  However, a walk and a double (on possibly the only pitch of the game Herder may have wanted back) scored the first two runs for Provost.

 

Rosalind's top of the order put together a mini rally in the top of the 6th inning, as Steve Enright scored the Athletics only run.  On the game, Tyrel had these thoughts, "".

 

The A's take on the Amisk Blue Jays at home on Wednesday.  Dan Enright is scheduled to make his season debut on the mound for the A's.  Make sure to come out and support the Athletics.


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