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Rosalind Sweep Sherwood Park, Battle For Atheltics Name
Jul 5, 2017, 10:08 am

The Sherwood Park Athletics came to town on Tuesday night to complete the home and home series in the PBL regular season.  The expansion team from the big city has had a up and down first year in the league, but recent games proved they were not to be taken lightly.  So on a bright sky, hot night in July, the battle for the Athletics team name was to be decided.


Mark Gjesdal got his first start of the season, and his fourth appearance.  The younger Athletics were eager to run once they got on base, and created the first run of the game after two stolen bases and a ground out.  Gjesdal settled in after that, and picked off two runners to halt the Sherwood Park running game.  Mark threw 4 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hit with no walks and 4 strikeouts.  The hard throwing youngster, Tanner Foss, came in to close out the game in the top of the 5th, facing the minimum and striking out one.


Offensively, after Sherwood Park took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, Rosalind piled on the runs.  Gjesdal led off with a single, before Adam Enright and Matt Enright both walked.  Foss supplied the first Rosalind run of the game for the A's with a sac fly, before young call up, Brock Sheets put a second run on the board with an RBI ground out.  Sheldon Pederson beat out a ground ball to the left side of the infield, followed by Ryan Yuha getting hit by a pitch and Steve Enright crushed a ball that the second baseman wasn't able to corral. Josh Burnstad singled to cash the 5th run of the inning.

Yet Another Extra Inning Game in Armena, Athletics Pull Off Win
Jun 30, 2017, 9:20 am

After hosting their home tournament on the weekend, and a bye from PBL action on Tuesday, the Rosalind A's were back at it as they travelled to Armena for the first time since the 2016 PBL Championship win.  Over the last two season, since meeting in the PBL finals of 2015, the Royals have turned over a majority of their roster, and unforseen, have been struggling this season with a 1-7 record.   However, coming off their first win of the season, the A's knew they were not a team to be taken lightly.


Brayden Benson got his second start, and third appearance of the season.  Benson pitched fairly well, but the defence behind him gave up errors at poor times right before homeruns by Armena batters, twice.  Benson ended up going 3 1/3 innings, giving up 5 runs, 3 earned on 5 hits while striking out 2.  Dan Enright was called upon in relief, a rarity for the Rosalind ace.  Enright provided 4 2/3 innings of shutdown innings, and giving the Athletics a chance to win the game.  The youngest Enright ended up giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5.  Firey Brett Yuha came in in the 9th inning, after the A's scored in the top of the inning to secure the win and pick up his first save.


Rosalind scored first in the top of the first inning, when Mark Gjesdal provided a two out RBI as Steve Enright came around to score and put the A's up 1-0.  Although, Brayden Benson's hit streak came to an end, he drove in the second Rosalind run after Ryan Yuha stole second and came home on Benson's ground out to tie the game at 2-2.  The Athletics put a big inning in the scorebook in the top of the 4th, as Matt Enright and Brett Yuha led off with back to back singles.  Tanner Foss laided down a good bunt to put both runners in scoring position, before Dan Enright provided the rare strikeout on a passed ball that pinch runner Josh Burnstad scored on, and Enright scampered to first.  Brett Yuha scored on Ryan Yuha's shallow flair to right field.  Steve Enright followed with a two RBI single driven to the outfield power alley, giving the A's a 6-3 lead and crucial momentum.

With the game tied at 6-6, in the top of the 6th inning, Dan Enright singled and took second on a wild pitch before Adam Enright's pinch hit single scored Dan and gave Rosalind the led, yet again.  With the game tied at 7-7 in the top of the nineth inning, yet another exciting extra inning game in Armena, the top of the order for the A's order supplied three singles in a row, with Steve Enright driving in his third run of the game and the eventual game winning run.

Athletics Win Home Tournament with Victory Over Rosalind Old Timers
Jun 26, 2017, 6:58 pm

After two back to back improbable comeback wins versus the Edmonton Primeaus and the Cold Lake Cardinals, the Athletics were off to the final versus the elder statesmen in the Rosalind Old Timers.  The Old Timers had upset the Tofield Braves in the quarter finals, before an impressive win versus the perennial contenders in the Battle River League, the Spring Lake Lakers.  So on a sunny June day, the battle of Rosalind would determine the champion.


After 5 games in 5 days, and short two quality pitchers, the Athletics went deeper into the bullpen and gave the urban cowboy, Ty Twitchell, the starting assignment.  The young right hander, although only weighing in at 130lbs, threw a heavy ball with good sink.  Twitchell's 5 shooter kept the Old Timers off the scoreboard for 5 innings.  Round Hill product, Tanner Foss, another hard throwing right hander came in to close out the game.  Much like Twitchell, Tanner continued to pound the zone with his fastball, daring the Old Timers to catch up to it, before Pride Benson took an errant pitch in the hip.  The two pitchers put together an impressive performance, that bods well for the Athletics in the second half of the season.

Rosalind Fortunate Again As Seventh Inning Rally Downs Cold Lake
Jun 26, 2017, 6:57 pm

Athletics Get Lucky With Late Rally To Down Primeaus
Jun 26, 2017, 6:56 pm

Homeruns and Hot Bats Power The A's Over Tofield
Jun 22, 2017, 11:05 pm


Burnstad and Benson hit bombs in the Homer Dome, while Gjesdal and Brett Yuha closed the door for the come from behind win.

Story and stats to be posted shortly.

Ronsko Powers The Athletics Past Milleteers in the Homer Dome
Jun 16, 2017, 2:08 pm

After a difficult, although deserved, loss on Tuesday night in Leduc, the Athletics hosted the Leduc Milleteers in a back to back, home and home series.  The A's many too many errors on Tuesday to anticapte a win, and a couple of controversial calls by the umpires made the resulting failed comeback tougher to swallow.  With first place on the line, the Athletics were eager to get back on track and create some seperation as the play off push looms.


Ryan Yuha got the start on the well manicured Rosalind mound, his second start since the season opener and third appearance since his save versus Armena.  Yuha cruised through the Leduc line up through four innings before running into trouble in the fifth inning.  A double and two walks, followed by a single spelled the end of Yuha's night.  His final line showing 4 2/3 innings pitched, 2 runs on 3 hits with 2 walks and 1 strike out.  Mark Gjesdal come in from centerfield to close out the inning and the next.  Gjesdal threw 1 1/3 allowing 1 run on 2 hits with 2 stikeouts in the book.


The Rosalind offence put two big innings on the scoreboard, one the old fashioned way, the other from an unlikey, but continued homerun threat.  In the bottom of the first inning, Sheldon Pederson led off with a single and stolen base before the clutch hitting veteran Ryan Yuha drove him in with an RBI single and stole second himself. Brayden Benson drew what would be his first of three walks of the game.  The A's capitalized on an error and fielders choice, before Brett Yuha and Nic Ronsko both hit an RBI singles to put 5 runs on the board.  In the fourth inning Benson drove in Ryan Yuha with an RBI double, followed by Mark Gjesdal's deep fly ball to centerfield that Adam Enright scored on.  The bottom of the sixth inning, resulted in a walkoff mercy win for the Athletics when Nic Ronsko hit a grand slam over the leftfield fence.

Errors Come Back to Haunt Another Rosalind Rally
Jun 14, 2017, 10:38 am

Rosalind travelled north to Leduc on Tuesday night, looking to extend their unbeaten streak again a strong Leduc Milleteers team. Prior to the Athletics joining the Powerline Baseball League, the Milleteers had won the league five times in a row from 2009 to to 2013.  Leduc added additional talent when Beaumont folded prior to the start of the season, making them a strong contender for a long playoff run.


Dan Enright got his third start of the season, coming off a winning effort against the Armena Royals two games ago.  The youngest Enright, uncharacteristically struggled early in the bottom of the first, after two singles and an bang bang play loaded the bases.  Enright proceeded to walk the next two batters and force in two runs for the Milleteers, before a third scored on another single.  The usually strong Athletics defence wasn't sharp, as multiple errors continued innings and prolonged Leduc's innings.  After three back to back to back singles in the 4th inning and one out, the Athletics pulled Dan and brought in closer, Matt Enright.  The grizzled veteran proceeded to get a bases loaded double play to get out of the inning and give the A's a chance at another comeback.  Matt pitched two more clean innings, in the third game that he's finished for Rosalind this season.


Offensively, the Athletics got off to a good start as Adam Enright drove in Steve Enight after his two out double in the top of the first inning.  After Adam reached on an error, and Ryan Yuha followed with a single, rookie Tanner Foss hit his first of two RBI singles in the game to make it 5-2 for Leduc.  Yuha led off the top of the 6th with a single before Brayden Benson continued his hot streak at the plate with an RBI double, his second of the game; and later scored on Foss's single.  Rosalind had a rally going in the top of the seventh, after Adam had scored to make it a one run game, and with runners on first and second, a groundball hit to the Milleteers second baseman had Nic Ronsko evading the tag as he dove into second.  Controversially, the base umprire called him out on a tag that seemingly missed, to end the game.


The Milleteers and Athletics get right back at it, in the second half of a home and home series this week with game two in Rosalind on Thursday at 7pm.

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