The Powerline All Stars and Battle River All Stars exchanged the lead five times, but the PBL ended up on top with a 6-4 win over Battle River All Stars Tuesday night at Harry Andreassen Field at Kinsmen Park, in the 14th All Star Challenge.
The PBL took the lead in the eighth inning and held on for the victory. A fielder’s choice scored Zak Lang and gave Powerline All Stars the lead for good.
Braedon Majeski of the Holden Blue Jays racked up two RBIs on two hits for Powerline All Stars. He singled in the fifth and eighth innings.
Ian Sherbaniuk of the Armena Royals brought out the dancing knuckleball against Battle River All Stars during his outing. Sherbaniuk held Battle River All Stars hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two.
Ryan Lehman of the Beaumont Angels got the win in relief for Powerline All Stars. Lehman pitched two innings and allowed no runs.
Braedon Erickson of the Heisler Cardinals took the loss for Battle River All Stars. He lasted just two innings, walked two, struck out none, and allowed two runs.
In the top of the first, the Battle River All Stars grabbed the early lead, 1-0. A single by Nolan Miller of the Cardinals, scoring Steve Enright of the Rosalind A’s started the inning off.
The PBL quickly matched the BRBL’s strong inning with a one-run inning of its own in the first. Powerline All Stars scored on an RBI double by Lang.
Grayson Soprovich picked up the save and made the play of the night, after a Marc Villaneuve error looked to score a run from second, but Soprovich threw a frozen rope to preserve the tie and help the PBL win its 8th All Star Challenge to move to 8-4-2 all time.
Absentee All Stars
Of notable absence on the PBL side was any of the Ryley Rebels, fresh off hosting a successful Ryley Sports Day. One has to wonder if the boys in black and blue were shaking off the cobwebs after a wild weekend. Or… if it was a silent protest against the Armena Royals who failed to show for the annual league meeting.
Also, the Battle River League lacked representatives from the southern teams such as Castor or Coronation, prompting one to wonder if there’s a way to incorporate everyone, either through a weekend game in Heisler at some point or alternating venues.
Still, the game in Camrose makes a lot of sense given the Harry Andreassen legacy, his family and field. Much thanks to Larry Lewsaw again and the Andreassen family as well as umpires Doug Bowie and Peter Rogers who donate their time. Bowie, who has worked in all 14 games now, did his first game on the bases in the game following a violent foul tip in the A Final of the Rosalind tournament on the weekend.
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- 2000-2003: 2 games to 1 in favour of BRBL
- 2004: 16-5 PBL
- 2005: 10-0 PBL
- 2006: 9-5 PBL
- 2007: 9-6 PBL
- 2008: 8-5 BRBL
- 2009: 5-1 BRBL
- 2010: 2-2 Tie
- 2011: 8-0 PBL
- 2012: 7-7 Tie
- 2013: 10-9 PBL
- 2014: 6-4 PBL
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