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Big Inning and Timely Pitching Drives A's to Sweep Over Leduc
Jul 26, 2017, 11:35 am

 

On Tuesday night the Rosalind Athletics travelled to the booming metropolis of Leduc to take on the Milleteers for game two of the semi final round of PBL playoffs.  The A's took game one in decisive fashion, 15-5 in five innings, but knew they'd be in for a doozy in the big field of Fred John's Park.  Rosalind was missing a few key pieces in the lineup through vactions and work, only have 9 players on the line up card.

 

Steve Enright got his first playoff start of the 2017 season, and the fifth of the season.  Enright was coming off a complete game victory against Leduc at the end of the regular season.  Enright weeved in and out of trouble from the get go, but a few key and clutch defensive plays kept the Milleteers at bay.  In the first inning, the two lead off Leduc batters reached base, however two bang-bang plays at third base for consecutive force outs by Enright and Pederson, and a nice back hand pick by Benson got the A's out of the first inning scoreless.  In the third inning, with the A's down 1-0, the first three batters reached for Leduc to load the bases with no one out.  Enrights next Houdini act took place as he proceeded to get a clutch strikeout before Burnstad made a diving catch on a line drive up the middle, followed by a pop up to have Rosalind get out of the inning unscathed.  In the fourth inning, after the A's took the lead 4-1, Enright got into a bit of trouble walking the first batter before giving up 4 straight singles.  Steve's previous magicians magic rubbed off on Mark Gjesdal, tasked with coming in to a 4-4 game with runners on 1st and 3rd with no one out.  Gjesday proceed to get a groundball double play, and a ground ball to get out of the inning.  Enright ended up going 3+ innings, giving up 5 runs, 4 earned on 11 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3.  Gjesdal played hero going 2 innings with 0 runs allowing 2 hits with no walks or strikeouts, as well as picking off a base runner in the 5th.

 

Offensively, Rosalind was held off the board til the top of the 4th.  Burnstad walked, and took second on an attempted pick off by the Leduc pitcher, before Harbak walked and Gjesdal added an RBI single.  Harbak scored on Nic Ronsko's single, followed by Gjesdal scoring on Pederson's fielders choice.  Matt came around to score on Ryan Yuha's single, making it 4-1 for the good guys before the inning closed.  With the A's down 5-4 in the top of the 5th, the flood gates opened.  With plate disipline, and one out, Harbak walked, Gjesdal singled, Matt Enright walked before an RBI hit by pitch for Ronsko.  Pederson supplied an RBI single to right field off the Milleteers first reliever.  Yuha provided another RBI hit by pitch, and Steve Enright drew another walk.  Benson drove in a run on a hard hit ball to the shortstop that he was unble to come up with.  Batting for the second time in the inning, Josh Burnstad singled and drove in a run.  Harbak walked for the second time in the inning and third walk in the game.  Gjesdal drew an RBI walk, followed by a new pitcher for the Milleteers, to which Matt Enright hit an RBI ground out to the second basemen.  Hang in there, that wasn't the third out yet.  Nic Ronsko singled, and Sheldon Pederson put a bloop double on the books for 2 more runs scored before Ryan Yuha popped out to the catcher.  In total 11 runs scored, and the A's took at 15-5 lead.  Holding the Milleteers in the bottom of the 5th held the score, and secured a second mercy win for the Athletics.

 

With Holden beating Tofield in the other semi final to tie the series at 1-1, the A's look to host the winner of game 3's match up on Thursday night.  Game one of the Championship series will start on Tuesday in Rosalind.  This is the 3rd straight year that the A's have made the PBL finals, and the 9th straight league finals that Rosalind has been in between the BRBL and the PBL.

 


Rosalind Offence Takes Flight In The HomerDome, Take Game One
Jul 21, 2017, 11:21 am

 

For the first time since the Rosalind Athletics joined the Powerline Baseball League in 2015, the A's hosted game one of a play off series. In 2015 and 2016, Rosalind entered the playoffs as the 4th seed, upsetting the Ryley Rebels in the first round of both years.  This year, the A's take on the five time PBL champions, the Leduc Milleteers.  The two clubs met 3 times during the season, with the A's winning 2 of the three tilts (5-6,13-3,13-3).  Both teams have lots of experience, so it should be a back and forth first round of playoffs.

 

Dan Enright was tasked with being the playoffs game one starting pitcher, as Enright has been a perenial workhorse when the post season comes around.  Enright started off the game firing, striking out the first batter of the game with strong change up.  Dan continued to pitch well before a double to the left center gap came around to score on an error.  The Milleteers bats continued to swing away, with the Leduc centerfielder hitting a two run homerun in the third inning.  Dan got back on track in the fourth, stiking out his last two batters to halt another rally by Leduc.  Enright went 4 innings, giving up 4 runs, 1 of them earned, on 5 hits while walking none and striking out 3.  Ryan Yuha came on in relief in the top of the fifth inning.  After hitting his first batter of the inning, and getting a strike out, Yuha was able to work out of a jam, allowing only one run after three straight singles followed by two good plays by Nic Ronsko and Josh Burnstad on line drives hit to the outfield.  Yuha pitched two innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits with 1 strikeout.

 

The A's offence came out of the gate firing, as Sheldon Pederson hit a first pitch homerun in the bottom of the first inning. After Steve Enright singled, Brayden Benson reached on an error, and Clayton Harbak got hit by a pitch, with two out, Mark Gjesdal hit a 2 RBI double to the gap.  Adam Enright reach on an error by the shortstop before Nic Ronsko produced another RBI single, as the Athletics put 5 runs on the board in the bottom of the first.  Rosalind put on their hitting shoes in the 4th inning as well, as Pederson led off with an single throught the right side of the infield, but was thrown out stealing second.  Yuha then singled before Steve Enright flared a double down the leftfield line.  Benson walked, and Josh Burnstad drove a line drive to the right side to score two runs.  Gjesdal crushed another two RBI double to the fence, as Rosalind put 4 runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 10-4.  The A's kept the pedal to the metal in the bottom of the fifth, when Ronsko led off with a walk and Pederson singled.  Ryan Yuha cashed a run on a single, and Steve Enright brought home another run on a fielders choice.  Rosalind ended up mercying Leduc 15-5, in the bottom of the 6th inning.

 

The A's will travel to Leduc on Tuesday for game two of the series at 7pm.

 

 


Athletics Fall In Regular Season Finale To Blue Jays
Jul 19, 2017, 6:23 pm

 

The Rosalind Athletics travelled to north to Holden to face the red hot Blue Jays in their regular season finale.  The make up of the rain out after two innings got washed away at the end of June.  The game would determine who the Athletics played in the first round of the playoffs.  With Holden's loss last week, Rosalind had secured their first Pennant in the PBL and the first time that they would have home field advantage in the playoffs in this their 3rd season since joining the Powerline Baseball League.

 

Athletics workhorse, Brayden Benson, got his 4th start and 5th appearence of the season.  Benson has been a very consistent pitcher in the past, and has become an important hitter for the A's.  The Blue Jays had their hitting shoes on during Tuesday's game, and found some Bermuda Triangle holes in the outfield in the first inning as they scored three runs.  Benson settled in, working 4 innings allowing 4 runs, 3 of them earned, on 6 hits while striking out 2.  Tanner Foss entered in the top of the 5th, with the hard throwing righty giving up a long double before having some control issues.  The bottom of the Blue Jays order were able to catch up to the heater with three singles.  Foss went 2/3 of an inning, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits while walking 2.  Matt Enright came on to finish the game for the final 1 1/3 innings.

 

The Athletics offence was fairly quiet against the Blue Jays pitcher, Hrabec. Rosalind scored their first two runs of the ball game in the top of the third, when Sam Johnson lead off with a single, followed by a Tanner Foss single as well.  With runners on first and third, Johnson scored on a error by the shortstop on Clayton Harbak's hard hit groundball.  Josh Burnstad came around to score on Brayden Benson's single to make the game 4-2.  In the top of the fifth, Sheldon Pederson got hit by a pitch to lead off the inning before stealing second and taking third on the overthrow.  Josh Burnstad cashed Pederson on a ground out to the secondbaseman to make it a 3-4 ball game.  With the A's down 8-2, Dan Enright reached base with a one out walk, and ended up scoring after a wildpitch before Sam Johnson's fielders choice scored Enright to make it 8-3.  In the top of the seventh, Burnstad, Matt Enright and Nic Ronsko had the bases loaded via an error, a walk and a single respetively, before Dan Enright hit a sinking line drive to right field that that fielder had trouble with allowing all three runs to score and make it a 10-7 ball game, where it would eventually end.

 

Rosalind starts the playoffs as the #1 seed, and the 2017 PBL Regular Season Pennant winners.  The A's will be taking on the Leduc Milleteers on Thursday night in Rosalind for game one of the best of three series.  The Athletics and Milleteers met 3 times in the regular season, with Leduc taking the first game 6-5 before back to back 13-3 mercy wins for Rosalind in the second and third games.  Should be a very competitive series, make sure to come out and watch on Thursday night at 7pm in Rosalind. 

 


Bats Come Alive As Athletics Mercy Milleteers In Playoff Push
Jul 12, 2017, 11:51 am

With the Powerline Baseball League playoff teams already confirmed, positioning and matchups were the only thing left to decide.  The 10-2 Athletics travelled to Leduc on Tuesday night to take on the 8-3 Milleteers.

 

Steve Enright got the call to start his 4th game of the season, coming off a no-decision against the Edmonton Primeaus in the Rosalind tournament at the end of June. Enright was dealing, cruising through the Milleteers order.  With runners on first and third, with no one out, the A's defence was able to help out Enright, throwing out the baserunner at first trying to steal, before Enright struck out the next two batters to end the Leduc rally and keep the score 1-0 for the A's.  Steve ended up pitching a complete game, of 5 innings, allowing 3 runs of which 2 were earned on 5 hits, while stiking out 5 and walking 2.

 

Rosalind got off to a lead in the first inning, when Pederson walked and stole second before advancing to third on Ryan Yuha's groundout.  After Josh Burnstad got hit, putting runners on first and third, the A's pulled off a double steal, as Pederson stole home.  The Athletics put a large number on the board in the top of the 3rd inning, with the score 1-0.  Pederson led off the inning with a deep fly ball to left field, over the left fielders head, and possibly over the deep fence at Fred John's Park.  The umps however ruled it a ground rule double.  Ryan Yuha made it a moot point, driving in Pederson with a single.  Burnstad singled and Benson walked to load the bases, for Matt Enright to single and drive in two more runs.  Adam Enright single before Nic Ronsko crushed a ball down the third base line, to drive in Enright.  Dan Enright produced an RBI single to turn the line up over.  The monster inning ended up with 12 batters going to the plate, an 8 runs on the board.

 


Nightmare Sixth Inning The Undoing For Athletics
Jul 7, 2017, 9:18 am

After having been rained out two weeks ago, the Holden Blue Jays and the Rosalind Athletics were set to face off for the first time, this PBL season, after 2 innings got washed away in Holden.  The four teams qualifying for the playoffs are set, with Rosalind, Holden, Leduc and Tofield having clinched, but the rankings going into the 2017 PBL playoffs were still to be set.  This game would have lots on the line for both teams.

 

Ryan Yuha got his team leading 4th start of the season, and 5th appearance. 


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.


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