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Disappointing Loss as Rosalind Falls to the Rebels
Jul 8, 2016, 7:09 am

Rosalind Athletics - 3

Ryley Rebels - 8

Rosalind Bats Come Alive in Big Win over Leduc
Jul 6, 2016, 1:16 pm

The Athletics travelled to the big city of Leduc on Tuesday night to take on the Milleteers.  Much like last season, Rosalind would be faced with critical games versus Leduc in an effor to secure a playoff spot.  The first match up of the season saw the A's get out to a big 7-0 before the skies opened up and rain postponed the game in the third inning.


Steve Enright looked to continue his string of quality starts this season, as he took to the mound for his 5th start of the year.

Current Rosalind Atheltics take on Alumni in Centennial Game
Jul 4, 2016, 2:48 pm

On Sunday afternoon the Rosalind Athletics took on the A's from years past.  The game coinsided with the village of Rosalind celebrating their 100th birthday over the weekend.  Thousands of people make the trip out to catch up with old neighbours, family and friends.  The baseball team entered a float, driven by Bart Orr, in the parade on Saturday afternoon.  The weekend was highlighted by an incredible fireworks display on Saturday night, followed by the baseball game during the beautiful weather on Sunday. 

Rosalind Pitching and Defence Let Down by Suddenly Cold Bats, A's Fall to Ryley
Jun 24, 2016, 8:37 am

After a quick thunderstorm dumped a shot of rain on the Rosalind diamond, the grounds crew got to work and made the diamond playable.  The Homer Dome is probably the best diamond to drain water quickly, and Thursday night proved it.  The Ryley Rebels were in town for the first time in the PBL season, a rematch of an intense semi final playoff series that went the distance with the A's prevailing.


Dan Enright got the important start for Rosalind, coming off a complete game win versus Beaumont in his last trip to the mound.  However, after the first inning, a hip flexor injury flared up and Enright had to be pulled from the game.  Enright, will be re-evaluated after receiving treatment in the next few days.  Brayden Benson got the short notice, injury relief call, after the Athletics scored a run in the bottom of the first inning.  Benson did a fantastic job of settling in and attacking the Rebels hitters.  The defence behind Brayden put together a good showing, with multiple web gems as Steve Enright took a sure hit away ranging to his left, and Brett Yuha and Sheldon Pederson both had outfield assists, cutting down Ryley baserunners.  In the sixth inning, the Rebels strung together a few hits, an unfortunate misplay and a tough non call with two outs allowed Ryley to hang a crooked number on the board.  Those runs turned out to be the difference maker in the game.  Benson threw six innings, and gave up 4 runs, 2 earned while striking out 7 and walking 1.


Offensively, Rosalind wasn't able to capitalize on a couple of lucrative opportunities to open up their lead early in the game.  After a walk by Steve Enright and a single by Ryan Yuha, Josh Burnstad was able to cash the only A's run of the game in the bottom of the first inning.  That run looked like it might be able to hold the lead until the sixth inning.  In total, the Athletics scattered eight hits, but weren't able to produce at critical times, as Rosalind left 10 runners on base, 7 off those in scoring position.

Athletics Fall To Reigning Royalty
Jun 22, 2016, 12:27 pm

On a windy and rainy afternoon, after all the other PBL games had been postponed, the Athletics were lucky enough to host the reigning PBL champion Armena Royals. Rosalind only received a light shower, ideal for the shale infield after the tournament hosted over the weekend.  This was the second meeting of the season between the Atheltics and Royals.  The first match up in the middle of May went to the Athletics, as Dan Enright shut down the Royals 7-0.


Ryan Yuha got the start, coming off a solid outing against Bardo early last week in PBL action.  Yuha pitched fairly well, but the Royals capitalized on a couple pitches left up in the zone, as two Armena batters put a charge in the ball out of the Homer Dome.  Ty Twitchell made his Athletics pitching debut in relief of Yuha in the fourth inning.  The youngster showed good life on his fastball, while racking up his first Senior baseball strike out.  Twitchell's command slipped slight in his second inning of relief, as the A's turned the ball over to Brett Yuha.  The second youthful arm to have a solid sinker and tight curveball, throwing two innings in the blowout.


Offensively, the Athletics couldn't string together enough hard hit balls to put pressure on the Armena defence.  While the A's didn't look over matched at the plate, the young Armena pitcher hit his spots, as Rosalind rolled over too many pitches to the Royals infielders.  Ryan Yuha cashed the only Athletics run, as the A's strung 3 consecutive hits together in the fifth inning to break up the shutout.  The rest of the game, Rosalind scattered 3 other singles, which as it turns out isn't a successful strategy to win most ball games.  And will in fact prompt a post game batting practice to iron out some kinks.


The Athletics host the Ryley Rebels on Thursday, looking to put a big win on the board in a tightening playoff race in the PBL.  Also, trying to get a home win on the board versus Ryley, after losing at home in the regular season last year, and in the 3 game playoff series that Rosalind had to take both games on the road.

Athletics Win Tournament, Beat Cold Lake in Pitchers Duel
Jun 19, 2016, 9:06 pm

After two wins in their round robin games, the A's punched their ticket to the finals of the annual Rosalind Baseball Tournament.  The Athletics had beat the Rosalind Old Timers and the Castor Raiders, familar foes from the Battle River League.  The Old Timers are making a push to goto Nationals in the 43+ age category.  The present day Athletics were taking on the Cold Lake Cardinals, after a masterful pitching performance from their Innisfail recruit throwing a perfect game in a 1-0 win over the Heisler Cardinals.


Steve Enright was selected to start the finals for the Athletics on the mound.  Enright was looking to transfer the success he's had recently with the bat, as he toed the rubber against a strong Cold Lake team.  Right out of the gate, Enright was sharp facing only 2 over the minimum going into the fifth inning.  Steve had his full arsenal of pitches, from multiple arm slots, confusing the Cardinals hitters.  Uncharacteristically, Enright racked up 7 strike outs in 7 innings, a few at key times to shut down Cold Lake as they appeared to be gaining momentum.  In the end, Enright threw a complete game shutout, with 7 strkeouts, 0 walks, 6 hits allowed.


Offensively, Rosalind battled all game, making hard contact but hititing line drives right at Cold Lake defenders. 

A's Take The Gumption out of the Castor Raiders, Hit Another Grand Slam
Jun 19, 2016, 9:05 pm

In the A's second game of the tournament, Rosalind took on the Castor Raiders, looking to secure first place in their pool and punch their ticket to the 'A' Final.  In the first game, Rosalind mercied the Old Timers.


Matt Enright took to the mound to face their old Battle River League foes.  Enright gave up one run in the bottom of their first inning, and then proceeded to shut down the Raiders the rest of the game.  Enrights offspeed pitches were the key to his success, keeping the Castor hitters off balance.  The veteran saavy pitcher threw a complete game, 5 inning mercy victory over the Raiders.  Enright gave up 1 run on 5 hits, while walking one and striking out 5.


Offensively, Sheldon Pederson continued the A's pattern of only hitting home runs with the bases loaded.  Pederson drove in 4 runs with the grand slam, after having hit a RBI single in the first inning.  Clayton Harbak also did a lot of damage at the plate, as he went 2 for 3 with single and double and 3 RBI's.  Matt Enright helped his own cause in a 2 for 2 effort.

Battle of Rosalind A's Past and Present Goes to the Young Guns
Jun 19, 2016, 9:02 pm

The kickoff game of the annual Rosalind Baseball Tournament matched the current Rosalind Athletics up against Masters team from the Rosalind area.  The Old Timers team is making a run at going to Nationals in Medincine Hat in August in the 43+ category.  Pride Benson, Keith and Kevin McDonald, Darrell Heck were a few of the locals on the Masters team.


Brayden Benson got the start against the Old Timers, hopeful for a match up against his Dad both on the mound and at the plate.  The younger Benson pitched well, as the A's have become accustom to, only allowing one run to the old guys.  In a mercy, up over 7 after 5 innings, Brayden pitched a complete 6 innings, while allowing 6 hits, 4 walks and striking out 5.


Adam Enright was the offensive catalyst for the Rosalind squad, as he hit the second A's home run of the season.  Following Brett Yuha's grand slam against Bardo, Enright matched it, with a grand slam of his own.  Ryan Yuha, Josh Burnstad, and Steve Enright also had multiple hits of their own.  The "younger" Athletics beat the Old Timers 15-1 and will play the Castor Raiders tomorrow in their final round robin game to decide who goes to the A final.

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