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First Must Win Game in the Books; A's top Blue Jays 14-5
Jun 25, 2015, 11:36 pm

With their playoff hopes on the line, the Rosalind Athletics travelled to Holden to take on the Blue Jays.  The Jays currently hold the 4th and final playoff spot in the PBL race, but the A's and the Milleteers both have two games in hand.  The game marked the first of hopefully a few "must win" games for the Athletics.

 

Rosalind sent the reliable Dan Enright to the mound for the critical match up.  Enright has been a dominante pitcher not only for the A's this year, but throughout the league.  Outside of one inning, actually one grooved pitch, the Blue Jays couldn't figure out the A's right hander and often were buckled by the curveball that ZamZam was spinning.  Enright went the distance, pitching 7 innings, while only giving up 5 hits, striking out 6 with one walk.  Overall, exactly what the A's needed.

 

Offensively, the A's bats have come alive in the past few games.  Throughout the line up, Rosalind hitters were coming through with the clutch hitting that had eluded the A's during the first part of the season.   Ryan Yuha led the charge for the A's, in an 3 for 4 effort that cashed in 4 RBI's.  Clayton Harbak provided the early spark with a booming double driving in 2 of his 3 runs on the day.  Bart Orr crushed a two out, two RBI single that most importantly keep the momentum in the middle of the game on the Rosalind side of the ledger.  Adam Enright contributed a 3 for 4 performance with a big double, all while transitioning from SS to 2B.  Lastly, pitcher Dan Enright had a career night at the plate, as he went 3 for 3 with two RBI's.


Athletics and Lakers Produce Exciting 'A' Final; A's Win
Jun 22, 2015, 10:17 am

After round robin victories versus Coronation and Castor, the Rosalind A's found themselves in the 'A' final of the tournament.  Spring Lake had advanced after a close game versus Armena and a blowout versus Camrose.

 

The Athletics decided to throw right hander Brayden Benson at the Lakers.  Benson did a fantastic job of pounding the strike zone and inducing a lot of fly balls to the outfield.  The young A's pitcher scattered 7 hits through a complete game, while striking out 3 and walking only 1.

 

Offensively, Rosalind put 11 hits on the board, against a good pitcher in Lance Zimmer and his effective curveball.  Steve Enright led the A's with 3 hits in his 4 plate appearances. While Matt Enright, Chance Wheatley, Brayden Benson and Kevin McDonald all had two hit appearances.  Clayton Harbak and Sheldon Pederson cashed in two run with sac flies to the outfield.  Ryan Yuha had the lone Athletics extra base hit.


Rosalind Takes The Balls Out Of The Castor Raiders
Jun 22, 2015, 10:16 am

In the second game of the home tournament for the Rosalind Athletics, the boys were matched up against the Castor Raiders.  With another victory, the A's would punch their ticket to the 'A' final against their rival and neighbours, Spring Lake.

 

With Rosalind battling for their playoff lives in the Powerline Baseball League, pitching depth was paramount leading into critical games later in the week.  Lefty Mike Hilhorst got the nod for the A's, for his 1st appearance of the season and his 2nd game.  Obviously Hilhorst's arm was fresh, as he continually blew pitches past the Raiders batters and buckled knees with a sweet curveball.

 

The batting lineup, top to bottom, put together a solid collective effort pushing the river to an 8-0 victory.  Chance Wheatly lead the way with a 2 for 3 performance,


McDonald Father and Son Take Down Coronation
Jun 22, 2015, 10:15 am

The Rosalind Athletics took on the Coronation Cardinals in the opening game of the annual Rosalind Elks Slow Pitch and A's Baseball tournament weekend.  After two teams dropped out recently, the tournament was put together in two round robin pools of 3.  Rosalind grouped with the Castor Raiders and the Coronation Cardinals, while the Armena Royals, Spring Lake Lakers, and the Camrose Roadrunners were grouped in the other pool.

 

Veteran Kevin 'Skip' McDonald walked out to mound, with his knuckleball in tow.  McDonald did his job, inducing plenty of weak pop ups and rolled over ground balls.  Skip even danced a knuckleball down broadway to leave the Cardinals hitter confused as his walked back to the dugout with the strikeout.

 

The highlight of the game was pinch hitter Carter McDonald, son of pitcher Kevin McDonald being put into the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.  The Athletics were up 6-0 with two out and a runner on third.  The young fourteen year old took too mighty hacks, before slapping a single over the left side of the infield to score the runner and give the A's a walkoff mercy victory, up 7-0 after 5 innings. 


Ryley Hammers A's, Puts Dent in Playoff Hopes
Jun 22, 2015, 10:14 am

Coming off a big win versus Armena, the Rosalind A's were set to take on the reigning PBL Champs.  If the Athletics could add to their winning streak, a run at the playoffs might not be out of the question.  The first regular season game against Ryley was an odd, but interesting game.  The Rebels jump out to a 5-2 lead in the first inning off a couple of pop fly homeruns that would only expect to get out in the Homer Dome in Rosalind.  After the first inning, the A's Dan Enright shut down Ryley and gave Rosalind a chance to get into the game and tie it up in the top of the 7th before the A's got walked out in the bottom of extra innings.

 

After some pre game debate and strategy, Steve Enright was selected to get the starting nod versus the heavy swinging Rebels.  Steve stuggled out of the gate, as the Rebels spit out 7 runs and 8 hits before the A's and Enright could get out of the inning.  Brayden Benson came on in relief, and showed quite well.   

 

The offensive part of this game story will probably be longer than the collective at bats that the A's were able to muster.  Clayton Harbak was able to drive a double in the gap, to score Ryan Yuha's two out single to keep the game alive, at that point, in the 5th.  Overall, Yuha lead the feble Rosalind effort, with a 2 for 2 performance with an additional walk.  Harbak, Orr and Pederson supplied the only other hits off of Corey Epp.


Big Win vs. Armena Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive
Jun 17, 2015, 8:13 am

On Tuesday night the Rosalind Athletics were host to the Armena Royals, at "The Homer Dome" in downtown Rosalind.  The A's are currently battling to secure a playoff spot, so every game down the stretch has an elimination game feel.  The first meeting between the Athletics and Royals produced an instant classic, as the A's were one out away from a comeback victory, only for the Royals to walk it off in the bottom of the 11th inning.

 

With each game becoming increasingly important, the A's turned to their ace.  "Who ya gonna call...Dan Enright!!" Read that to the tune of Ghostbusters or that joke holds no weight.  Enright put together just the start that Rosalind was desperately in need of, especially against one of the league leaders in the Royals.  Enright was on point, scattering 4 hits, while racking up 7 strikeouts; a season high for the A's.

 

Offensively, Clayton Harback and Nic Ronsko put together quality at bats, both hitting a single and double on route to 2 RBI's each. Matt Enright went 2 for 2, with two singles, a walk and a HBP, while putting two RBI's on the board as well.  Sheldon Pederson added the worst play of the day, with a shot of the bat that put Pederson into homerun trot mode, only to miss first base while the ball hit the top of the fence, and left Pederson legging out a single.  Overall, it was great to see the whole line up, top to bottom, all contribute with timely hits and good baserunning.


A's Can't Catch a Break, Fall to Angels in Extra Innings
Jun 9, 2015, 10:48 pm

This chapter of the Athletics season brought to you by Missed Opportunities.  The A's hosted the Beaumont Angels to "The Homer Dome" on a beautiful Tuesday night in June.  The first meeting in the big city of Beaumont was a tight affair, until a few untimely error caught up to Rosalind, in a 7-1 loss.

 

The A's sent veteran hurler, Ryan Yuha to the mound for his 3rd start of the season.  Although Yuha admitted that he didn't feel sharp in the early part of the game, he was still inducing plenty of pop ups and rolled over ground balls.  After a quick 3 2/3 innings, the Angels strung together 3 straight hits and 2 runs to tie the game.  Matt Enright came into the top of the 8th inning, after Yuha had a walk to start the inning.  A sac bunt later, and the Beaumont hitter jacked a homerun out of the yard to take a 5-3 advantage.

 

Offensively, Rosalind had a great deal of pressure on the Angels early in the game.  Sheldon Pederson scored on a double crushed into the right center gap by Clayton Harback in the 2nd inning.  Pederson lead off the top of the 4th inning with a home run to left center, tieing Adam Enright for the homerun lead with one.  The A's were able to manufacture a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, after Nic Ronsko lead off the inning with a single and Bart Orr cashed him in with a double.  With Orr's pinch runner, Cory Lohr on third, with two out, Tyrel Herder smashed a line drive and potential walk off, into the outstretched glove of the first basemen.  Right now, the Rosalind squad can't catch a break...at all.


Bounce Back Game Vs. Spring Lake as Bats Heating Up
Jun 7, 2015, 11:22 pm

The second game of the Heisler mini tournament saw Rosalind take on the neighbouring Spring Lake Lakers. 

 

Tyrel Herder made his triumphant return to the mount for the A's, getting his first start in a couple of years.  Tyrel picked up where he left off, as one of the pitchers in the finals for Rosalind in 2013.  With his notable fastball command, and a tight, sharp curveball, Herder only gave up three hits and two walks thru 4 innings.  Mark Gjesdal made his season debut as well, working only the fifth inning before the A's mercied Spring Lake.  Mark only gave up two hits, and showed a very good arsenal of pitches to add to the depth of the A's pitching staff.

 

Offensively, the A's bats appear to be coming around, as throughout the line up everyone was putting hits on the board.  A big first inning, where the A's scored 7 runs did the most damage.  Josh Burnstad continued to crush the ball, as he went 3 for 3 with a couple of doubles.  Clayton Harbak also hit the ball well, especially after coming off his wrist injury, in a 3 for 3 effort.


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