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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.


Eventful, Crazy Game....Continues Tonight
Aug 10, 2016, 8:29 am

The winner take all rubber match for the Powerline Baseball League trophy was to be settled on Tuesday night in Armena.  After a few rain showers during the morning and afternoon, the game was tentative at best, but the weather and diamond turned out to be perfect.  With hundreds of fans, in the stands and down the baseline fences, the Royals and Athletics put on an intense and exciting game for all to see.

 

Dan Enright, the staff ace this season, got the vital start for the Athletics in game three.  The right hander was coming off the game one win in the championship series, and looking to give Rosalind their first championship since 2011.  Enright battled through, and continued to pitch well through out the game.  The blemish came as the Royals shortstop was able to pull a good inside pitch down the line for a 3 run homerun.  Unfortunately, in the bottom of the eight, the Royals were able to rally around a 2 run shot to the opposite field.  Brayden Benson came on in relief of Enright, who went 7 1/3.  Benson got the A's out the the bottom of the eighth with a tie ball game.  The young right hander had a bumpier start the the bottom of the ninth, walking three batters.  Ryan Yuha came on to stop the Royals rally, with the bases loaded and a 2-0 count on the Armena clean up batter.  After walking the first batter, Yuha was able to induce two fielders choices, but the Royals had tied the game at 8.

 

Offensively, Rosalind battled and continued to put together solid, productive at bats through out the game.  The A's got on the board first, as veteran Bart Orr hit a one out single and stolen second.  Steve Enright drove in the first run of the game, as Orr scored on a two out single.  After the Royals had taken the lead in the bottom of the third, the A's were put together a rally in the top of the 5th, when Nic Ronsko led off with a double.  Ronsko's smart baserunning got himself in a position to score on Brett Yuha's single.  After a stolen base, Yuha scored on an error by the second baseman on Steve Enright's hard hit ball, tying the ball game at 3.

In the top of the eight inning, firstbaseman Clayton Harbak got the ball rolling for the A's with a one out hard hit single.  Sheldon Pederson walked to put to the go ahead runner in the scoring position.  With two out, Mark Gjesdal hit a monster three run homerun off the Royals hard throwing pitcher, to put the Athletics up 6-3.

After the Royals rallied in the bottom of eight to tie the game, the A's forged ahead again in the top of the 9th.  Ryan Yuha found a hole with a one out single, and Matt Enright walked.  With runners on first and third, Sheldon Pederson hit a two out double to centerfield, scoring two runs and putting the A's ahead 8-6.

 

With the score tied, 8-8 after 9 innings and the sun setting, the umps suspended the game on acount of darkness.  After a lenghty meeting on the field and then further discussion afterwards, the teams agreed to pick things up tomorrow night, Wednesday at 7:30pm in Armena.  Hopefully the tremendous fan support is able come out and support the A's one more time in the 2016 season.


Athletics Stumble as Royals Force Game Three
Aug 5, 2016, 8:18 am

On Thursday night, Rosalind hosted the Armena Royals for game two of the Powerline Baseball League championship series.  After a game one win in Armena on Tuesday, the A's were one game away from claiming their first League championship since 2011.  With plenty of crowd support, beautiful weather and a trophy at the park, it was going to be an exciting night of PBL baseball.

 

Steve Enright got the start for the Rosalind Athletics, coming off a dominating performance in game two versus the Ryley Rebels in the semi finals.  Enright has had an impressive bounce back year after two previous seasons were derailed by injuries. The Royals put together solid at bats, and were able to get a few fly balls to fall between A's fielders or seeing eye singles through the infield.  Some tough luck mixed with good Armena hitting.  Steve Enright left the game after a line drive up the middle caught him in the leg.  Enright went 3 1/3 innings, 5 runs against, 4 earned, 8 hits, 2 strike outs and no walks.  Brayden Benson come on in relief, having last pitched a complete game shutout versus Holden at the end of the regular season.  The young right hander continued his tremendous consistency of pounding the zone, keeping the ball down and mixing in his offspeed pitches. Benson did his job, and keep the game within striking distance for the Rosalind offence.  Brayden's line read 3 2/3 innings, 1 earned run, 5 hits, and one walk. 

Brett Yuha made yet another stellar play in the outfield, as he walked into a bases loaded, one out, fly ball to right field and threw an absolute laser home on a line to get the Armena baserunner.

 

Offensively, the Athletics were unable to string together timely hits and unfortunately left plently of runners in scoring position.  Adam Enright had a game for the A's, going 4 for 4 and continuing to show he's still got decent wheels, extending his stolen base streak.  Sheldon Pederson added a 2 for 3 performance, with a couple of stolen bases.  Rosalind was always one hit away with runners in scoring position from swinging momentum back onto their side, but the Royals pitcher did a good job and you have to give him credit for shutting the door.

 

The third and final game goes on Tuesday in Armena for all the marbles.  Down, but not defeated, the Athletics are eager to get back to Anniversary Park and bring the PBL Championship trophy home with them.  See you all on Tuesday, it promises to be a good one.


Timely Hitting Vaults Athletics to Game One Win
Aug 3, 2016, 9:03 am

The Rosalind Athletics are in the league finals again.  A quick look back at their history, this is (at least) their 8th year in a row in the league finals of either the Battle River Baseball League or the Powerline League.  Somehow, the A's have only sipped at the sweet taste of victory twice in those years.  After a disappointing showing in the finals last year, Rosalind couldn't be hungrier to prove that they have what it takes when it all counts.  After dispatching of the Ryley Rebels in two games, and the Armena Royals riding a roller coaster to a game three win versus Beaumont, the A's and Royals will face eachother again for the PBL Championship.

 

Dan Enright has been a Cy Young type canidate in the PBL this year, and was an obvious choice to get the game one start for the finals.  Sporting an ERA of 0.60 this season, the young right hander has been on top of his game through out the year, with good fastball command and his ability to throw his offspeed pitches to both sides of the plate.  His arm was definitely missed in the finals last year, and the A's hoped to make good use of his start in game one.

Early on, the Royals had their hitting shoes on, stringing together 3 hits in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-1 lead.  Enright settled in from there, and went to work inducing a lot of fly balls over the next 4 innings.  The Royals put runs on the board in the sixth and seventh innings, but at that point the Athletics had the game in control.  Enright threw yet another 7 inning, complete game victory allowing 6 runs on 10 hits, with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks.

 

Offensively, the Athletics got production throughout the order.  In particular, Steve Enright continued the torrid pace that he's been on, going 4 for 5 with 2 clutch RBI's.  Going into the top of the fifth inning, the A's were trailing 2-1.  Mark Gjesdal led off with a single before Brett Yuha laid down a sacrifice bunt to put the tying run in scoring position.  Steve Enright drove in the tying run and started a rally.  Burnstad followed with another signle, and Adam Enright walked to load the bases for Harbak, who promptly delivered a go ahead single.

In the top of the sixth inning, the Atheltics were able to hang another crooked number on the board


Rosalind Performance at Pow Wow Days Was Quite A Rodeo
Aug 2, 2016, 9:05 am

Tournament summary to follow...


Dominating Pitching Performance Leads A's to Sweep Ryley Rebels
Jul 27, 2016, 8:48 am

Game two of the Powerline Baseball League playoffs between the Athletics and Rebels travelled to Rosalind, down the hiway, past the yellow canola fields and bumper wheat and barley crops that only the legendary dirt of Rosalind can grow.  The beautiful weather of late July, hot and humid, was perfect baseball weather and the two teams did not disappoint.

In game one, the lead and momentum bounced back and forth like a ping pong ball, or a ground ball on the unique Ryley infield.  Rosalind held a 2-1 lead before Ryley capitalized on one mistake, which put three runs on the board and the Rebels in control.  Rosalind had luck on their side in the seventh and eighth innings, as the Athletics took game one 6-4 in an exciting affair.  With holidays and tight work schedules, the A's were using a unique strategy of not having any player play the same position from game one to game two.

 

Steve Enright got the start in game two for the A's, coming off his last critical start against Leduc while the Athletics were in must win mode.  Enright was in fine form from the get go, as the Rebels weren't able to string together many baserunners.  Three times, Steve was able to work out of jams with runners in scoring position and escape unscathed.  An imparative strikeout, with the bases loaded and dangerous hitters on deck in the 5th inning was the turning point towards a Rosalind victory.  In true A's pitching strategy, Enright threw a dominating complete game shutout, allowing only 4 hits, many of the bloop single variety, while striking out 4 and walking only 1 batter.

 

Offensively, Rosalind did a much better job of capitalizing on baserunners comapred to game one.  Steve Enright was on fire, not only on the mound, but at the plate as well, as he went 3 for 4 with two singles and a double.  Ryan Yuha continued to be one the the A's most productive hitters, driving in 3 runs in a 2 for 4 effort.  The highlight of the game though, which brought the most cheers from the tremendous crowd, nearing 100 spectators, was Brett Yuha showing off a canon of an arm on a fly ball to right field that the young local right hander threw a seed to third base to keep the tagging Ryley baserunner from  advancing.

 

With the 5-0 win, and the series sweep, the Athletics move on to the PBL Championships.  The other semi final series, between the Beaumont Angels and Armena Royals is tied at 1-1, after the Angels won on Tuesday night, 9-7.  The rubber match of that series goes on Thursday.  Check back on the website for updated information on where the A's will be travelling to start the finals.  Either way, the Atheltics are looking to avenge the finals loss last year, a disappoint series in which Rosalind felt they had more to offer.


Huge Comeback Win in Extra Innings, Rosalind Takes Game One
Jul 22, 2016, 9:36 am

The Powerline Baseball League playoffs got underway on Thursday night.  With a 10-4 record, the Ryley Rebels captured the regular season pennant for the second straight year.  The Rosalind Athletics, Beaumont Angels, and Armena Royals all finished with a 9-5 record, with the runs for and against tie breaker putting the Royals in 2nd, the Angels in third and assigning the A's to 4th.  This set up rematches of the semifinals from last year.  Rosalind was able to pull out a 2-1 series win against the Rebels, in an incredibly exciting and intense, hard fought three game series.  Ryley won both regular season games, with their high octane offence racking up 8-3 and 4-1 victories.

 

Dan Enright was selected as the starting pitcher for game one of the playoffs.  Enright is a big addition to the playoff rotation, after the Rosalind ace missed both last years playoff series. After coming off the DL late in the season, and a solid pitch performance in a must win game versus the Milleteers, the A's had high hopes with ZamZam on the mound.  The youngest Enright cruised through the first four innings, showing good fastball command and a curveball that had Rebels batters off balance.  An unfortunate hop in the gravel pit on a routine groundball to third made the fifth inning more interesting than Enright would have wanted.  The Rebels strung together a three hits and a walk, and seemingly out of nowhere took a 4-2 lead.  ZamZam shut the door, with consecutive three up-three down innings the rest of the way on the road to a comeback victory.  Enright's pitching line read a complete game, 8 innings strong, allowing 7 hits while striking out 6, and more importantly walking only one.

 

Offensively, Rosalind looked poised to jump out to a lead early and often, as the A's had the bases loaded in each of the first three innings.  However, the only run from the offensive forray that the Athletics were able to put on the board was Adam Enright scoring on a passed ball in the third inning.

Adam Enright lead off the fifth inning with a double down the line, and was advanced to third on Nic Ronsko's "sac fly" that will show up in the scorebook as a standard fly ball to right field, Ronnie.  The A's shortstop showed off his speed, scoring on his second passed ball of the game to give Rosalind a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning.

The Athletics had their backs against the wall going into the top of the 7th, after the Rebels took a 4-2 lead.  Sheldon Pederson lead off with a double over the center fielders head, but the A's would need more baserunners down by two.  After two quick outs, the A's were in dire straits, down to their final out.  Pinch runner from the fifth inning, Mark Gjesdal, walked and brought about a Ryley pitching changed.  On the first pitch, from the Rebels reliever, Pederson stole third and Gjesdal followed to second, putting the tying run in scoring position.  Brayden Benson's swinging bunt was played nicely by the third basemen, but the Rebel playing first was unable to make the catch, allowing Pederson and Gjesdal to score and tie the game.

Steve Enright, Josh Burnstad and Adam Enright all strung together singles in the top of the eighth, to load the bases.  Ronsko did more than have a productive "sac fly" at bat, as the lanky left fielder crushed the frozen rope over the infield to score two runs and put the A's up 6-4.  Those eventual game winning runs gave the A's the game one win and the lead in the best of three series.


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