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A's Play The Part of Wile Coyote, Fall 3-2 to Roadrunners
Jun 17, 2016, 6:33 am

On Thursday night, the Athletics travelled to near by Camrose to take on the suddenly hot Camrose Roadrunners.  The Roadrunners had recently ended a losing streak dating back 3 seasons, taking down the formidable Ryley Rebels.  Rosalind had defeated Beaumont in the dramtic walk off win on Tueday, and looked to remain at the top of the PBL standings.


Mark Gjesdal got his second start of the season, after throwing a complete game versus Bawlf in the Heisler tournament.  The young right hander threw well, with a sprinkle of wild, racking up strikeouts and a few walks.  Gjesdal shutdown the Roadrunners, with the A's in control of a 2-0 lead going into the 5th inning.  Two lead off walks, and a throwing error quickly got Camrose on the board and threatening to take the lead, but the damage was limted to a 2-2 tie.  Sheldon Pederson came on in the bottom of the sixth, but one baserunner and an unfortunate bounce on a groundball later saw the Roadrunners take a 3-2 lead.


Offensively, Rosalind wasn't quite as sharp as they had been lately, combined with a little bad luck.  Hard line drives where hit right at Roadrunners defence, or aggressive swings resulted in multiple pop ups.  Camrose outplayed Rosalind defensively, as that proved to be the differnce maker in a 3-2 loss for the Atheltics.


Rosalind hosts their home tournament this weekend, and kicks things off versus the Rosalind Old Timers on Friday night at 7pm.  Action continues all day Saturday and Sunday, make sure to come out to see some quality baseball action. 

Athletics Strip Angels Halo in Dramatic Walk Off Win
Jun 14, 2016, 11:06 pm

On Tuesday night the Athletics hosted the young and talented Angels squad from Beaumont. The Angels have had the A's number since joining the PBL, with Rosalind record of 0-3. The Athletics lost in the first meeting of the season, on a cold and rainy night with Hurricane winds. After stringing together a few solid offensive performances lately, the A's were eager to get off to quick start versus the Angels.


Rosalind sent Dan Enright to the mound, his 5th appearance of the season and 3rd start. Enright held a 2-0 record with 1 save, while rocking a respectable 0.55 ERA. Enright may not have his peppiest fastball, but did a good job of going right after the Angels hitters, making them earn their way on base. The Angels broke the scoreless game open with a two run home run in the 4th. ZamZam continued to battle, keeping the A's in the striking distance, as the defence behind him continued to make plans.


The A's got fortunate in the 5th inning, on a play that ended up being the TSN turning point. After a leadoff single by the Angels number nine hitter, the Beamount leadoff hitter roped a long single off the center field fence that the A's centerfielder was able to relay back into the infield to keep runners at first and third. On the subsequent play, the Angel's hit a ball into the gap that the A's left fielder, Brett Yuha was tracking, layed out and dove, but the ball deflected off his glove. A's centerfielder, Sheldon Pederson, covered him up and quickly threw the base runner out at second, a force play. The runner had tagged up on the fly ball, not allowing the batter to reach or touch first base. The double play, force out, nullified the runner that had attempted to cross home plate, keeping the score 2-0 for Beaumont.


Offensively, Rosalind was being shut down by the ace Beaumont pitcher for a majority of the game. The A's didn't have a base runner past second, and looked mystified by the Angels 12-6 curveball that left many Athletics hitters walking back to the dugout empty handed. That all change in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Brett Yuha lead off with an opposite field double down the line. Steve Enright continued his hot streak, rapping a single threw the infield to score Brett and cut the lead to 2-1. Ryan Yuha advanced Enright, and the tying run, to second with a sacrifice bunt. With two out, Sheldon Pederson drove a single threw the left side of the infield to tie the game. In the seventh inning, cagey vet, Bart Orr poked a one out single over the infield. Orr advanced to second, and third, on two costly wild pitches. That set the table for Steve Enright to play hero, and provide the Athletics with their second walk off win of the season, as he ripped a ball off the third baseman's glove for a 3-2 win.


Rosalind travels to Camrose to take on the Roadrunners, who recently walked off the perennial contenders, Ryley Rebels, snapping their losing streak spanning 3 seasons. The Athletics also host their home tournament this weekend. Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather and quality baseball action.



Brett Yuha Makes a Grand (Slam) of a Return
Jun 9, 2016, 10:03 pm

After plenty of rainouts and a bye early this week, the A's were eager to resume the second half of the PBL season in Bardo on Thursday night.  Rosalind was victorious versus Bardo in their home opener in the middle of May.  A tight affair that Rosalind got typical strong defence and consistent pitching on their way to a 5-2 win.


Ryan Yuha got his first action of the season as the starting pitcher for Rosalind.  Unlike previous years, where Yuha's arm didn't bounce back after starts early in the season, the Yuha was able to build up some arm stregth this year.  Yuha looked sharp, using his change up to keep the Bardo hitters off balance, as the fouled multiple balls off the end of the bat.  Yuha pitched 4 strong innings, but unlike previous outings, didn't have tremendous defence behind him, as Nic Ronsko was caught flying a kite in center field twice and the new course shale made a few infield groud balls a bit of an adventure.  I'm sure manager Matt Enright, away on business, can guess how efficient Ronsko tracked those fly balls. Sheldon Pederson came in the 5th inning to close out the game for the A's.  A couple knee buckling curveballs, after a Bardo double kept the 14-3 win in tact for Rosalind.


The offensive star of the game didn't take long to put a stamp on his return to the line up after a hiatus which included a year off to "wheel smokeshows at the lake", followed by a broken foot from falling down one stair at the bar.  However, Brett Yuha got a hold of a opposite field rain maker for a grand slam in his second at bat of the game.  The youthful energy and story telling seemed to have a revitalizing effect on the married contingent of the A's roster.  Overall, the A's have done a good job of hitting the ball lately, with the exception of the debacale versus Spring Lake.  Steve Enright continued his hot streak, going 2 for 3 on the night.  As well, Nic Ronsko and Adam Enright both had multiple hits versus the Bardo lefty.


Rosalind takes on the Beaumont Angels on Tueday at home, looking to break a three game losing streak against the young and talented squad.

Rosalind Captures The Outlaws in Heisler
Jun 9, 2016, 10:02 pm

Rosalind Athletics - 12

Bawlf Outlaws - 0

Athletics Clip The Wings of Rival Cardinals
Jun 5, 2016, 8:27 pm

Rosalind Athletics - 13

Heisler Cardinals - 5

Spring Lake Drown A's in Heisler Tournament
Jun 5, 2016, 8:25 pm

Athletics Jump Out to A Big Lead, Get Rained Out
Jun 3, 2016, 8:20 am

The weather looked to be a beautiful night for baseball throughout the day, but the skies quickly turned dark and the wind started to howl by the third inning.  Dan Enright was the starting pitcher for the few innings that we did play.  In the hurricane winds, Enright's two seamer was backing up mightily, while his curveball had extra bite.  Both considerable reasons as to how ZamZam was racking up the strikeouts.


Offensively, Rosalind looked to have their hitting shoes on for the first time in this season.  The A's put 7 runs on the board before the game was called off by the umps.  Nic Ronsko was unlucky, as his routine fly ball to left field nearly left the Homer Dome as the wind could only take it off the fence for a double.


With the game called off in the bottom of the third inning, and having not played 5 complete, the game was cancelled with Rosalind up 7-0.  A make up game will have to announced later.  The Athletics travelled to Heisler this weekend for a tournament against 6 local teams.  Rosalind plays Spring Lake at 10am and Heisler at 6pm on Saturday, with one game on Sunday to be determined.  Atleast the weather forecast looks hot and dry, for now.

Rosalind Finally on the Right Side of a Walk Off Win vs Holden
May 27, 2016, 8:56 am

After a soggy week of weather in the Powerline Baseball League, Rosalind hosted the Holden Blue Jays at the Homer Dome on a beautiful Thursday night. Holden had two games rained out last week, and were sitting at 0-2 in the early portion of the season, while the A’s were looking to put together a winning streak after defeating Armena on Tuesday night. With a Slo Pitch game going on at the same time, the Rosalind sports park was a buzz of activity and spectators until the rain rolled in.


Steve Enright got the nod to as the starting pitcher for the Athletics. Enright had his legendary arsenal of pitches, from multiple angles working, as the right hander induced 17 groundballs through his 8 innings of work. The defence was sharp behind him, especially a couple of memorable plays by the left side of the infield. Ryan Yuha made a diving grab, with runners at second and third, with one out, and Adam Enright completed the back half of the inning ending double play on a perfect throw to pick off the Holden base runner at 2nd, getting Steve out of a jam. Yuha also scaled the fence to get an important pop up in foul territory.

Rosalind tried to make a 1-0 game even more intense and interesting in the top of the 7th, as a couple of errors and a few bloop singles suddenly erased the lead and had the A’s down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 7th, narrowly wasting a solid start by Enright, 8 innings, 8 hits, 1 strikeout, 0 walks and 0 earned runs.


Offensively, the Athletics bats were fairly silent, as the Holden left hand pitcher, Kyle Muzechka, looked like pitcher that could be of use in the Blue Jays bullpen in Toronto. The A’s got on the board in the 4th, when Sheldon Pederson led off with a double down the left field line, and then proceeded to steal 3rd with none out. The A’s were lucky to cash that run, on a two out error by the right fielder on Nic Ronsko’s fly ball. That run should have held up, but the A’s had to rally in the bottom of seven to send the game to extra’s.

Mark Gjesdal led off the home half of the 7th with a single, followed by a walk by Bart Orr. Gjesdal unfortunately got picked off at second, before Ronsko singled to centerfield. Orr came in to score on Matt Enright’s single to make it a 3-2 ball game. Dan Enright scored the tying run as Clayton Harbark continued to swing a hot bat, going 2 for 4 on the night. Holden ended up throwing out the potential game winning run, as Matt Enright was dead on arrival after a perfect throw from the Blue Jays centerfielder. Sheldon Pederson led off the top of the eight with a “hit by pitch”, and stole second, setting the table for Adam Enright to produce the game winning hit up the middle.


Nic Ronsko is lucky he doesn't have to eat out of a straw, as Pederson hit a screaming line drive foul ball straight into the Rosalind dugout.  The hot shot narrowly avoided hitting Ronsko and Cory Lohr, without any time to react, the ball was a couple inches above their heads. 

Rosalind's next game is against the Rebels in Ryley, hopefully the weather cooperates.


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