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Athletics Sustain Hot Start To Cruise Past Roadrunners...Beep Beep!!
Jun 9, 2017, 12:09 am

 

On Thursday night, the Athletics travelled to Camrose to take on the Roadrunners for the second time in this young season.  The A's used a lenghty 7 run first inning to eventually take down the Camrose squad 8-4, without registering a hit after the first inning.  Rosalind suffered a tight 3-2 loss last year in Camrose, so the A's were eager not to repeat that performance, especialy without a handful of core veterans unable to make it to the game.

 

After a short "get your arm ready" first pitching appearance of the season, Brayden Benson made his first start and second appearance, after battling a shoulder injury that almost landed him on the 3-day DL.  Benson threw strikes, but the Roadrunners were up hacking at the plate, early and often.  The youngster gave up 5 hits in the first inning, resulting in 3 runs against.  Benson admitted to overthrowing, possibly with his girfriend and new puppy in the stands (*that may be an editorial comment rather than fact), but Brayden settled in during the next 3 innings, only allowing one more hit and no runs.  Benson ended up going 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 3 and surrendering no walks.  Mark Gjesdal made his second appearance after a long seeding hiatus, going 2 innings and allowing one run on two hits and one walk.  Brett Yuha came into close out the game and make his first pitching appearance of the season.

 

Offensively, Rosalind got off to a quick start capitalizing on a couple of Roadrunner errors before Mark Gjesdal and Brayden Benson hit back to back singles with runners in scoring position to put four runs on the board.  The offence continued to fire in the top of the second inning after Camrose scored 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the first.  Sheldon Pederson and Adam Enright scored after their double steal that caught Adam talking farming with the first basemen, but still gave him enough time to stroll into second.  Clayton Harbak twinkled around the bases after Gjesdal hit a triple to center field.  The Rosalind offence got rolling again when Matt Enright, Pederson and Adam Enright all reached base before Harbak hit drove in his 4th runs of the game.

 

The Athletics take on the Leduc Milleteers twice next week, Tuesday in Leduc and Thursday at the Homer Dome in Rosalind.  See you there!

 


Athletics Fortunate to Rally in the 7th in Comeback Win Over Tofield
Jun 7, 2017, 8:51 am

The Rosalind Athletics travelled to Tofield for the first time since joining the PBL to take on the Braves for the second time this season.  The A's were victorious in the season opener versus the Braves, 5-3, led by homeruns by Nic Ronsko and Sheldon Pederson.  The Atheltics have met the previous Ryley Rebels in the first round of the playoffs in their first two seasons in the PBL, creating a bit of a rivalry with the newly formed Tofield team.

 

Steve Enright got his second start of the season, coming off a strong performance against the Camrose Roadrunners on May 30th.  Tofield made Enright work in the bottom of the first inning after a quick first two outs. A walk sandwiched between two singles put the Braves on the board first, followed by an close 3-2 walk that the Athletics thought caught the Braves first baseman looking.  The following 2 run double took the wind out of the sails of the Athletics.  Enright worked around 11 hits through 5 1/3 innings, with only one other run scoring to put the Braves up 4-0.  Matt Enright came in the bottom of the 6th inning, with the bases loaded and one out to try to halt the Braves from putting the game out of reach.  The A's defacto closer got a pop up and struck out the Braves most feared hitter to give Rosalind a chance to put together a rally from down 4-2.  After the A's took the lead in the top of the seventh, Matt Enright racked up his second save of the season.

 

Offensively, Rosalind didn't put much pressure on the Tofield defence until the 4th inning.  Clayton Harbak hammered a ball into the left centerfield gap, and the speedster took second when the centerfielder bobbled the ball.  Sheldon Pederson followed with a hard hit ball to rightfield and stole second to put runners at second and third for Brayden Benson with two out.  The youngest, and owner of a new puppy, Hank, singled to cash both runners and provide the A's with some momentum and hope.  With the A's down 4-2, the Braves brought in their closer after Corey Epp had pitched 6 innings for Tofield.  The A's, Steve and Matt Enright, worked a walk and single to put the tying run on base with two outs.  After a wild pitch, put both runners in scoring position, the Braves intentionally walked Clayton Harbak to load the bases.  With two out and a full count, Sheldon Pederson hit a ground ball that squeaked through the right side and score the tying run.  Nic Ronsko followed with a walk to load the bases again, and Brayden Benson worked a walk as well, for his third RBI of the game and the eventual game winning run.

Matt Enright and Clayton Harbak both had 3 hits, while Pederson and Benson both had two hits each with Brayden hitting a single and a double.

Rosalind travels to Camrose to take on the county cousins on Thursday night at Harry Andreasson field at 7pm.

 

 


Athletics Rally Late to Trump Royals
Jun 6, 2017, 10:29 am

It was a rematch battle of the epic Powerline Baseball League Championship series of 2016 when the Armena Royals came to town on Wednesday night.  A rescheduled game from a previous rain out had the A's lineup a little thin, but Rosalind saw a familar foe in the other dugout, as allstar Jordan Hoover was back in Camrose after having moved back to Ontario in the offseason.  Hoover had played in a couple tournaments with the Athletics over the past two seasons, and provided a couple key hits in the 2016 finals before the A's went on to win in 16 innings.  This is the first match up against Armena this season, with Rosalind getting off to a decent start at 3-0, while the Royals have struggled at 0-2.

 

Dan Enright made his second start of the season, after being the opening day starter versus the Tofield Braves.  Enright started the deciding portion of the rubber match in the finals versus Armena, marking the 5th start for the youngest Enright in the last 2+ seasons. Enright cruised through the first five innings, keeping the Royals off balance with what Enright said "wasn't his best stuff."  Enright had fallen behind in the count more often than his typical pitching performance had dicated.  The sixth inning was different, as the Royals got back to back singles to lead off the inning.  Steve Enright's canon arm was able to pick off a runner at home in a first and third situation.  The A's good luck didn't continue though, as fly ball to centerfield with 2 out and 2 on fooled the Athletics centerfielder and others calling the ball, allowing it to get over the centerfielders head and scored 2 on the triple.  The Royals were able to capitalize on another tricky fly ball to right field, but the A's were able to relay and get the runner at home and out of the inning, but down 4-3.

 

Offensively, much like the Royals, the A's were kept off the scorebook until late in the game.  In the fifth inning, after the top of the order first two batters got on base after Ryan Yuha hit a textbook hole in a hit and run, Adam Enright bunted both runners into scoring position. Sheldon Pederson walked to load the bases before Matt Enright grounded into a possible double play, right at Royals shortstop Hoover.  However, the relay throw from the second baseman wasn't able to be corralled by the first baseman, allowing the inning to continue.  Matt was as able to get his legs pumping, and fly into a stolen base to put more runners in scoring position. Young Rosalindite, Brock Sheets, was able to come through with a clutch single to drive in the third runs of the inning.

After the Royals had rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth, the Athletics were having to come up with a couple runs to secure a win.  With two out, Rosalind caught a break, as the Royals shortstop made an uncharacteristic error.  Adam Enright followed with a double to the left center power alley. Sheldon Pederson was able to provide the lucky 2 RBI single, and Matt Enright drove in Pederson with a single up the middle.  Brayden Benson kept the train rolling, with an RBI single of his own to put the A's up by 3.

 

With Rosalind up by three in the top of the 7th, 6-3, and Enright still on the hill, Armena strung together three hits and the tying run on base.  Rosalind made a pitching change, bringing in Ryan Yuha to face Doug Morris.  A ground out scored a run, and left a base open to intentionally walk Jordan Hoover for the second time in the game.  With the bases again loaded, Yuha got a ground out that turned out to be quite the bang bang play and the win for the Athletics.


First Inning Drives Athletics Past Roadrunners
May 31, 2017, 10:10 am

 

The Athletics looked to get back into the rythym of the Powerline season, after a couple rainouts and a bye, hosting the Camrose Roadrunners on Tuesday night. The Roadrunners have had quite the turnaround, sitting atop the league standings after a few seasons near the bottom.  That combined with the 3-2 loss in Camrose last year, made the match up more intersting.

 

Steve Enright got the start for the Rosalind squad, making his first appearance on the mound early in the season.  The veteran right hander cruised throught he first three innings, all three up three down, before running into trouble in the fourth inning.  The first two batters were hit before an old BRBL Spring Lake foe, Lance Zimmer hit a double to left field.  A few more seeing eye bloops found holes before a third run scored in the the fourth.  Steve ended up throwing 5 innings, allowing 4 runs while allowing 5 hits while striking out 2.  Matt Enright, fresh off the 5 day DL stint with a "lower body injury" (ask him about it), came in to close out the game.  Matt threw 2 perfect innings, facing the minimum and striking out two as well, spoting pitches almost exactly where he wanted at will.

 

The A's offence got off to a hot start against the Roadrunners, sending 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first.  A couple singles before the Camrose pitcher had issues throwing strikes turned into 7 runs on the board for the Athletics.  The hits dried up though, as the A's didn't put a hit in the scorebook for the rest of the game, but did manage to score another run.  Ryan Yuha led the way with two hits, a single and a double, with Brandon Heck and Steve Enright adding singles of their own.  Eight runs on 4 hits, not the typical or sustainable way to win a ball game, but the A's disiplined eye at the plate payed off.

 

In a reschedule of a previous rainout game, the Armena Royals travel to Rosalind on Wednesday night.  A rematch of the epic PBL Championship series and "best game every played".  Come out and watch the Athletics at 7pm on Wednesday night.


Rosalind Travels to the Big City to Mercy Sherwood Park
May 26, 2017, 11:02 am

For the 5th time since the Rosalind team moved to the Powerline Baseball League, the Rosalind Athletics would travel to take another "Athletics" team, these unique stats presented by the PBL twitter account.  The Sherwood Park Athletics are a new team in the league, after a season of mergering and folding teams, it was nice to add another big city team where the boys can watch playoff hockey post game.

 

Staff ace, Dan Enright, got his first start of the year after being pencilled in to start the last two games in Leduc and versus Armena that were postponed due to rain.  Enright lost his no hitter quickly, as the lead off batter hit a single up the middle.  The world travelling right hander however showed no Vegas bachlore party rust, as he kept Sherwood Park off the scoreboard in his two innings of work.

 

Rookie Tanner Foss took to the hill to get some innings in for the bottom of the third, and showed a lot of promise.  Great pop to his fastball with good sinking movement, reserved for higher levels of seniors mens baseball.  Workhorse Brayden Benson closed out the game with a one-two-three inning, while working on adding a new pitch to his arsenal that already made him one of the A's most consistent pitchers in his young career.

 

Offensively, the 18 year veteran, Adam Enright, was barrelling balls all night during his 3 for 4 performance with 3 RBI's, in the big field of Centennial Park.  The firery ginger, Mark Gjesdal has yet to be put out this young season, adding a 2 for 2 display with a walk.  Chance Wheatley went 2 for 3 with a single and a double, which must have caught the eye of the WMBL scouts, as the youngster will be heading to Yorkton, SK to join the Cardinals for the second year.

 

Rosalind got out to the early lead in the top of the first inning, as the young Sherwood Park pitcher had trouble finding the zone, yielding four runs while only giving up one hit.  A hit by pitch in the middle of three hits by the top of the order chalked up 2 more runs for the older A's in the second inning.  In the fifth inning, Rosalind was able to the crucial two extra runs in the scorebook, for a ten run lead, after Yuha and Benson walked, Dan Enright pulled a sac fly into left field and Adam Enright put the dagger RBI single in pen.

 

The Athletics have games on back to back nights next week, as the Armena rainout game has been moved to May 31.  First, Rosalind hosts the resurgent Camrose Roadrunners on Tuesday night before the Armena Royals comem to town on Wednesday night.


Rosalind Locks Down Home Opener with Two Homeruns vs Tofield
May 14, 2017, 9:57 am

Saturday, May 13th, was a big day that signalled Opening Day in the Powerline Baseball League, and the kickoff to the Rosalind Athletics campaign as the reigning PBL Champions after the epic 2016 finals versus the Armena Royals.  It was short off season, as the 2016 playoffs went deeper in to August than ever before.  Not much time for the A's to make roster moves, prepare arms and swing many bats before the 2017 season got underway.

 

After his remarkable big game performance in game 3 and a half of the Championship Series, Ryan Yuha got the call as the Opening Day starter for the Athletics.  The A's would be taking on a new team, the Tofield Lakers (a merger of the vaunted Ryley Rebels and the Bardo Athletics).  On a side note, with Bardo folding, the "Athletics" team name would have thought to be back to a normal one per league, but the expansion team in Sherwood Park made sure to bring the CFL to the PBL, making sure there will again be two "Athletics" teams.  Back to the game...yes, Ryan Yuha got the Opening Day start.  After throwing a lot during the winter, Yuha looked in fine form as he threw 3 innings, allowing 2 runs, but none of them earned.  Mark Gjesdal closed out the games final 4 innings in impressive fashion.  The young ginger was throwing decent heat, racking up 3 strikeouts, one walk and only two hits allowed on his way to only 1 run allow, which again, wasn't earned.

 

Offensively, Nic Ronsko made a strong first impression for the legendary A's powerful offence, crushing a 3 run bomb in the bottom of the 2nd inning.  "The Rod of Ron"'s early jump on the homerun title on the A's, that is typically capture with one homerun on the season, got some company, as Sheldon Pederson also hit a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Stay tuned to the stats page to see if someone hits more than one this season. The Vegas betting line isn't displaying much confidence.  After Ronsko's dinger, he was pitched around, with two subsequent walks to maintain a perfect on base percentage.  Clayton Harbak provided an RBI single in the bottom of the 3rd, after Ryan Yuha had an important stolen base.

 

The most important play of the game may not have come from the offence or the pitching.  With the bases loaded and one out, a hard hit ground ball to the right side of the infield and more specifically the first base side of second baseman Steve Enright.  No one would have been disappointed if he made the easier play, to just flip it to first.  However, the crafty veteran spun and fired a strike to a high calibre shortstop who with fundamentally sound footwork completed the back half of the double play with a sidearm bullet back to first to close out the Braves rally in the top of the 4th.

 

The A's kick off the mid week portion of the PBL schedule by facing the Leduc Milleteers on Tuesday at 7pm in Leduc, followed by a rematch of the last two PBL finals with the Armena Royals on Thursday in Rosalind.

 


2017 Season Preview
May 12, 2017, 10:06 am

The Rosalind A’s return for the 2017 season as the defending PBL champions. The Athletics finished the 2016 season on a high with a thrilling 16 inning championship game and are eager to get back on the diamond. The goal for the A’s this year is nothing less than to extend their championship series appearances to 9 straight seasons, in both the BRBL and PBL, and repeat as back to back PBL champs.

It’s going to be an interesting year for the A’s as a transition to a younger team begins to take shape over the next few years. The roster is full of veterans, many of whom have been with the team since the mid 2000’s. Returning players include:

-          Brayden Benson, inning eater and owner of the championship RBI in 2016

-          Josh Burnstad, the strongest guy on the team who gets to play whenever he shows up because, well, he is a damn good ball player

-          Adam Enright, entering his 18th year wearing the Athletics crest and mainstay at shortstop

-          Dan Enright, the center of the A’s rotation when he isn’t  out of the country

-          Matt Enright, hasn’t injures his hammy in at least 3 seasons

-          Steve Enright, led the team in hits and runs scored in 2016

-          Mark Gjesdal, relocated to Camrose for the A’s and beaming confidence after his coming out party that was the 2016 playoffs

-          Clayton Harbak, tearing up the gaps for stand up singles since 2008

-          Cory Lohr, converted slo-pitch fundamentalist

-          Bart Orr, has to play one more year so that he can finally bring his finished  A’s truck out

-          Sheldon Pederson, mainstay behind the plate and the glue behind the scenes

-          Nic Ronsko, Lasik improved his batting average by 200pts last year; Resident kite flyer

-          Brett Yuha, strongest arm on the team and one of the only single guys with stories

-          Ryan Yuha, played every position once again in 2016 and earned the W in the championship game

 

The team hopes to get contributions from some incoming youth. Local kid Brock Sheets and aspiring base coach Ty Twitchell are expected to contribute when not busy with midget ball. Both players dipped their toes in with the A’s in 2016 and we are pleased to have them out more this year. Fifteen year old Carter MacDonald, son of long time Athletic Skip MacDonald, may be making his A’s debut this coming year as well. All three kids were born after Adam first put on the orange and black. Tanner Foss, product of Round Hill minor ball, is also hoping to become a mainstay of the A’s roster. Tanner comes in unknown to most on the team but he tells us he can pitch, so he gets a jersey.

The A’s are also pleased to be getting a boost from nearby Bawlf product, Sam Johnson. Sam has played the last few years with Spring Lake of the BRBL and current work commitments have made the travel of the PBL more realistic for him. Sam swings a heavy bat and will help out the again pitching staff, provide some relief for Sheldon behind the plate, and fill in throughout the corner infield.

As is every season, guys will come and go as the season progresses.  The A’s hope to get a combination of at least 9 out every night and will once again rely on hitting by committee and strong defense to pick up wins over the upcoming season and to defend the championship title.

 

The season kicks off with a tough home matchup against the newly formed Tofield Braves, a combination of the 1st place Ryley Rebels and the Bardo Athletics. Other changes to the league include, thought to be young and upcoming Beaumont Angels, folding for the season which in all likelihood will bolster the roster of the Leduc Milleteers and potentially the Armena Royals. New to the league in 2017 are the Sherwood Park Athletics. The Holden Blue Jays and the Camrose Roadrunners once again return to make a 7 team league. The A’s will host the Armena Royals early on, on May 18th, for a rematch of the championship series.  

 

First pitch, Saturday May 13th. 2PM. Rosalind. Here we go again…


PBL CHAMPIONS!!! - 'Greatest Game Ever Played'
Aug 11, 2016, 10:25 am

After an exceedingly epic and intense game three, that didn't seem like it could get any better, exceeded expecations and went even further. The Athletics and Royals played an amazing 16 inning game, that even people following play by play on twitter said was "the greatest game ever played".  Jason Buzzell authored a tremendous article, a must read, on the PBL website and perfectly described the highs and lows for both teams all in the matter of 16 innings and two days.  Click here (http://powerlinebaseball.com/2016/08/11/the-greatest-game-ever-played/) to read his insights and comments, you won't be disappointed.

 

After coming in to close out and hold the Royals in the bottom of the 9th inning, Ryan Yuha continued/got the start for the Athletics in the 10th inning.  Coming into the game, it was anticipated that for better or worse, especially how both teams were scoring runs in extra innings, that the finale to the marathon would be a short affair.  But that was short sighted.  Yuha ended up pitching a "complete game" shutout, going 7 innings to win the championship.  It wasn't without some very intense moments.  The biggest of all was a bases loaded, one out and 3-0 count on the Royals batter.  Yuha and the A's defence pulled off a Houdini of an escape act to prevent any runners from scoring.  When push came to shove, Yuha struck out the final Royals batter capping off a legendary game.  All Yuha does is win Provincial Finals and League Championships, not a bad pitching resume.

 

Offensively, Rosalind was not without chances themselves, as they had runners in scoring position in the every inning from the 12th to the 16th innings.  In the top of the 16th, Matt Enright led off with a walk before Sheldon Pederson advanced Matt to second with a sacrifice bunt.  Not the fleetest of foot, the A's were fortunate to have Enright advance to third on a passed ball.  Mark Gjesdal, coming off his monster homerun in the first portion of the game, reached first base as he was hit by a pitch for the second time in the back half of game 3.  Brayden Benson looked the opportunity to become a Rosalind hero straight in the eyes, and drove a single through the infield on the leftside to score the eventual game winning run.  Benson made great use of his brand new bat, which assumably will be mounted on the wall in the Rosalind bachelor pad.

 

Defensively, you have to have numerous highlight reel plays in a 0-0 sudden death ball game to hold the Royals off the scoreboard.  Brett Yuha made 3 or 4 running catches on hard hit balls to left field that were game savers.  Mark Gjesdal tracked down a frozen rope hit into the left center gap by the Royals most dangerous hitter that was sure to be a stand up double.  Lastly, Sheldon Pederson threw out three potential Armena base runners attempting to swipe second base.

 

After all was said and done, the final game of the PBL Championship series will go down in history as one of the greatest games ever played.  It had it all.  Shutdown pitching, clutch hitting, and memorable defensive plays all culminating in a perfect display of what Senior men's baseball can be.  Talented, exciting, and intense.  The teams may have been playing for bragging rights and a trophy, but that game, and the whole series will be talked about for generations.  Legendary!!

 

A huge thank you for all the fan support, especially during the playoff run.  It was definitely felt, and greatly appreciated.


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