2018 Rosalind Athletics Tournament

The 2018 edition of the Rosalind Athletics Tournament got underway on Friday night and will run until Sunday afternoon. The tournament features 8 teams from the PBL, Battle River Baseball League and the North Central Alberta Baseball League. The tournament also features the Battle River Athletics who are headed to the east coast to compete in the Canadian Old-timers Baseball Federation Championship in Charlottetown, PEI in August.  This weekend also features a Saturday night dance as well as a slo-pitch tournament, concession and beer gardens for a busy few days in Rosalind.

Here is a schedule of tournament games and results;

Friday June 22

Game #1 – Battle River Athletics (1) vs Camrose Axemen (7)

Saturday June 23

Game #2 – 9:00am – Spring Lake/Heisler Rivals (9) vs Holden Blue Jays (7)

Game #3 – 11:00am – Rosalind Athletics (11) vs Edmonton Expos (5)

Game #4 – 1:00pm – Camrose Roadrunners (L) vs Edmonton Primeaus (W)

Game #5 – 4:00pm – Battle River Athletics (L) vs Edmonton Expos (W)

Game #6 – 6:00pm – Camrose Axemen (1) vs Rosalind Athletics (11)

 

Sunday June 24

Game #7 – 9:00am – Holden Blue Jays (W) vs Camrose Roadrunners (L)

Game #8 – 11:00am – Spring Lake/Heisler Rivals (2) vs Edmonton Primeaus (6)

Game #9 – 2:00pm – Edmonton Expos (11) vs Holden Blue Jays (1) (**Consolation Final**)

Game #10 – 4:00pm – Rosalind Athletics (2) vs Edmonton Primeaus (1) (**Tournament Final**)

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Around the League June 18 – June 21

An important week continues across the PBL as teams battle for the Pennant and a playoff spot. After Tuesday night’s games their are six teams looking for one of four playoff spots as the 2018 season trickles to an end. The defending PBL Champion Rosalind Athletics are surging and the Leduc Milleteers have continued to be the hottest team in the league as they extended their winning streak to six games on Tuesday night.

Monday June 18

Armena Royals – 11

Edmonton Expos – 14

A big fifth inning for the Expos which would see them send ten batters to the plate and score six runs, was the fifth and final lead change in the back and forth game at Empire Park on Monday night. Gary Leblanc would pick up the relief win for the Expos, pitching 2.2 innings allowing 5 hits and 3 earned runs while contributing in a big way on offence going 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. Leblanc would do it all on Monday night including making a diving catch in centre field, where he started the night, that turned into a double play at second to end the top of the first inning. Right hander Daniel Zuk would get the start for Edmonton, but poor fielding behind him and a strong Armena offence wouldn’t allow the hard throwing pitcher to get out of the fifth, pitching 4.1 innings allowing 8 runs, 3 earned runs and 11 hits.

Royals 2B Liam Gregor slides in safely after a broken run down.

Poor defence was the theme of the game as 9 errors by the Expos and 7 errors by Armena would hamper both teams pitching with extra outs needed to get out of innings. Royals starter Lyndon Galvin would be tagged with the loss, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing 11 runs, 9 of which were earned runs off of 5 hits and 7 walks. Offensively for the Expos left fielder Mike Cassidy was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base and Gavin Turinek would come off the bench for Edmonton going 1 for 1 with a RBI triple, a walk and two runs scored while playing great defence at second base as well.  Armena short stop Doug Morris and second baseman Liam Gregor would both finish 2 for 4 on the night, each with a RBI with Morris hitting a double in the top of the first inning and Gregor hitting a sacrifice fly for the final Royals run in the top of the seventh inning.

Expos 2B Gavin Turinek slides in safely infront of Royals P Lyndon Galvin. Two runs would score on the throwing error home by the Royals.

These two teams will meet again before the season ends, with the next matchup happening at Anniversary Park on a date yet to be determined after the scheduled early season game between the two was rained out. After starting the season 8-0, the Royals have now lost two in a row while the Expos are 3-4 in their last seven games after a 4-0 start to their year.

2B Gavin Turinek with a defensive gem against the Royals on Monday night.

The win vaults the Expos into a tie for second place with the Leduc Milleteers who were idle tonight. Both teams have 7-4 records and the two teams split their season series 1-1 with the Expos winning 3-2 and the Milleteers winning 2-1 to tie their record against and runs scored tie breakers as well.

Royals 3B Dave Ritz hustles down the line. A throwing error by Expos P Daniel Zuk would allow Ritz to reach safely.


Tuesday June 19

Tofield Braves – 4

Leduc Milleteers – 8

The Milleteers continue their white hot play with their sixth win in a row, defeating the Tofield Braves 8-4 at Fred Johns Park in Leduc on Tuesday night. The Braves scored four runs in the top of the first inning but allowed the Milleteers to score eight unanswered runs for their ninth loss of the season. With the loss, the Braves are now officially eliminated from the playoff race, after a disappointing 3-9 season in 2018, one year removed from a second place finish in the PBL in 2017 with a 10-4 record. Tofield will now look to play spoiler for the remainder of the season with two games remaining in their schedule. No game details were made available.

 

Camrose Roadrunners – 14

Sherwood Park Athletics – 11

The Roadrunners handed the Athletics their tenth loss of the season and kept their own playoff hopes alive, albeit on life support,  heading into the final stretch of the season. Now sitting at 3-7 on the season the Roadrunners climbed over the Tofield Braves in the standings for seventh place, and will need to win each of their four remaining games, and get some help, to have a shot at the new Wild Card game.

Darryl Khran on the Sherwood Park Athletics swings and misses with Roadrunners catcher Brett Keohane behind the plate.

Roadrunners starting pitcher Trey Zimmer would be the difference for the Roadrunners on Tuesday night, the first year player would pitch 6.2 innings, striking out 11 Athletics on his way to his first win in his PBL career. The Coronation native would also lead the way for the Roadrunners at the plate going 2 for 2 with a pair of walks, a hit by pitch and scoring a total of 5 runs from the lead off spot. Veteran second baseman Reg Zimmer would go 1 for 1 with 4 walks and a RBI against Sherwood Park starting pitcher Markarthy Bridges and reliever Kyle Brisebois. Bridges would be charged with the loss. Reg Zimmer would also pick up the save for the Roadrunners, after pitching 10 innings on the weekend, relieving Trey Zimmer in the bottom of the seventh inning to get the final out with the tying run left in the on deck circle. With the save, the 60 year old Reg Zimmer is more than likely the oldest player to record a save in PBL history.

Reg Zimmer collected the save for the Camrose Roadrunners

Camrose would have to work for their win as Sherwood Park would combine for a total of 12 hits including doubles by Matt Shurvell, Curtis Munesy and two from Joey Poapst. Shurvell would finish his night 4 for 5 with 3 singles, a double and a run scored in the loss. Both defences were challenged on the night as a handful of errors and questionable decisions by both teams made for a high scoring game at the Strathcona Athletic Park tonight. It was not a good night for Sherwood Park pitchers either as the duo of Bridges and Breisbois would combine to issue 13 walks on the night, nine of which occurred in the first two innings putting them into an early 5-3 lead that they would not be able to overcome.

Athletics RF Matt Shurvell attempts a wild steal of home with Brett Knebel at the plate. A foul ball on the 1-2 count would result in a swing just over top of Shurvell.

 

Rosalind Athletics – 8

Holden Blue Jays – 1

A tough night at the plate for the Blue Jays meant that the first meeting between the two PBL Championship Series participants from a year ago, would go to the Athletics. No details were available about the game, but according to the Blue Jays Twitter account, a lack of timely hits against Rosalind with runners in scoring position plagued Holden thought the game. With the win the Rosalind Athletics climb to third in the PBL standings, ahead of the Edmonton Expos due to a tie break win by Rosalind earlier in the season. The defending PBL Champions appear to be hitting their stride with their fourth win in their last five games heading into the teams final three games of the season. These two teams will meet on last time on June 28th in Rosalind.


Wednesday June 20

Holden Blue Jays – 11

Camrose Axemen – 9

Former Axemen pitcher Kyle Muzechka would defeat his former team on Wednesday night as once again Camrose defence was not as sharp as it needed to be. Muzechka would pitch 4.0 innings striking out 7 and allowing two hits and one run before being lifted for reliever Randall Ziegler with a 10-1 lead after four. The Jays offence could do not wrong in the first four innings against Axemen pitcher John Robbins right from lead off hitter Colten Ziegler reaching base with a single to start the game. The Axemen would battle back and make the game 10-9 and look to strike again with the bases loaded and one out, however the Jays were able to pick up a double play on some poor base running by Camrose to end the threat. A Grayson Suprovich double in the top of the seventh would give the Jays an insurance run and Stephen Hrabec would earn the save as Holden moves to 7-4 on the season.


 

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Around the League June 12 – June 14

It has been another exciting week in PBL action as the fight for second place continues to be slugged out between the Edmonton Expos, Leduc Milleteers, Holden Blue Jays, Camrose Axemen and Rosalind Athletics. Armena continues their historical start by moving to 8-0 early in the week, trailing only the 2005 Camrose Colts (9-0) and 2004 Armena Axemen (9-0-1) for the best starts in modern PBL history. Luckily for them the Bardo Athletics are no longer in the league as the A’s ended both the Colts and Axemen’s streaks.

Tuesday June 12

Armena Royals – 14

Rosalind Athletics – 4

The Royals continue to impress the PBL with their 8-0 start to the season after a big 14-4 win against the defending Champion Rosalind Athletics. No information was made available for the game but it was a match up between the Charchun family as Kyler suited up for the Royals and younger brother Kobe donned the Rosalind orange. The Royals will win the season series 2-0 against Rosalind.

 

Sherwood Park Athletics – 5

Holden Blue Jays – 8

A game that was originally scheduled to be played in Vegreville was moved back to Holden due to field availability. The Jays would move to 5-3 on the season with a self described ugly win, but a win is a win and it vaulted the Jays from 6th place in the standings all the way up to 4th. Player/manager Stephen Hrabec would get the win for the Jays pitching five innings, striking out four and allowing three earned runs. Grayson Suprovich and Kyle Muzechka would lead the offence for the Jays, each going 2 for 4. Suprovich would knock in 3 runs while Muzechka chipped in with 2 RBIs on the night. The loss is Sherwood Park’s 8th in a row with the two teams still scheduled for a make up game in Sherwood Park at some point this season.

 

Camrose Axemen – 1

Leduc Milleteers – 12

It would take Kirk Smith and the Milleteers only five innings to run the Axemen out of town with a dominant 12-1 win at Fred Johns Park. The Axemen continued their dismal defensive play on the night with reports indicating half a dozen errors on the night despite not making it to the score sheet. Smith would strike out eight and allow only two hits on the night, a single to designated hitter Luc Riopel and a RBI single to outfielder Kyler Kupka. The Milleteers offence was on fire against Axemen pitchers John Robbins and Matt Andreassen, collecting twelve hits, four of which were doubles from Mykel Ruptash, TJ Garbia, Del and Alex MacIntosh. The bottom of the Milleteers lineup with MacIntosh (6th), Jon Anstey (7th) and Trevor Pahl (8th) would be a combined 7 for 8 with 8 runs scored, a walk, 3 stolen bases and one reached on an error (the only one recorded for the Axemen). An ugly loss for the Axemen while the Milleteers continue to streak, now 4-1 in their last five games and climbing into 3rd place in the PBL standings with their 6-4 record.

 

Edmonton Expos – 12

Tofield Braves – 7 

The Edmonton Expos would need six runs in the top of the 8th inning to beat the Tofield Braves in Tofield on Tuesday night. The win puts the Expos back into 2nd place in the standings while the Braves tough 2018 season continues as they slide to 3-7 on the season after finishing 10-4 in 2017. No details were made available about the game.


Wednesday June 13

Camrose Roadrunners – 4

Camrose Axemen – 10

A total of five Zimmers would be on the rosters on Wednesday night at Harry Andreassen Field. Cal Zimmer would play centre field for the Axemen can go 2-3 with 3 runs scored, 2 walks and 4 RBIs while the Roadrunners would have Trey Zimmer starting on the hill, Lance Zimmer in left field, Spencer Zimmer at second base and Reg Zimmer acting as first base coach. Trey Zimmer would take the loss for the Roadrunners pitching 4.2 innings allowing 10 runs (5 earned), 11 hits but striking out 7 on the night. It was a tough night for Lance and Spencer Zimmer at the plate, they would combine to go 0-6 with a walk and run scored. Zach Bailey would pick up his second complete game win in as many games, holding the Roadrunners to only 4 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 4 and walking 4. Axemen right fielder Wes Wilson would continue his hot return to the PBL going 3 for 4 with a RBI and Bailey would help his own cause going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and 2 runs scored. The game is the first Camrose vs Camrose PBL game since the Camrose Colts defeated the Camrose Roadrunners 9-8 in Game 3 of their Semi-Final Series on August 3, 2004.

Axemen 3B Wes Harrison slides safely infront of Roadrunners P Trey Zimmer


Thursday June 14

Tofield Braves – 3

Camrose Roadrunners – 13

The Camrose Roadrunners bounced back from a loss on Wednesday night in a big way with a 13-3 win over the Tofield Braves. The Roadrunners would capitalize on a short bench for the Braves by slugging their way to the win. Sean Melanson would get charged with the loss for the Braves and the winning pitcher from Camrose was Lance Zimmer would would also go 4 for 4 with a walk to help his own cause. It was also noted that veteran short stop Tim MacTavish would hit his first triple in a decade or so according to the Roadrunners historian. With the win, the Roadrunners will split the season series with the Braves, but hold the tie break over Tofield should the two teams be tied in the standings at the end of the season. Earlier in the year the Roadrunners came up short in Tofield by a score of 12-4. The Roadrunners will hold the runs for tie break in the tied season series by scoring 17 runs to Tofield’s 15 runs over the two games. The 13 runs scored by the Roadrunners puts the Braves over the century mark for runs allowed this season. In 2017 the Braves allowed a league low, 58 runs over 14 games. This year they have allowed 106 runs over only 11 games.

Roadrunners first baseman Eldon Banack records an out

 

Rosalind Athletics – 10

Sherwood Park Athletics – 3

It has been a season to forget for the Sherwood Park Athletics as they suffer another loss, their second to the Rosalind Athletics this season. Rosalind pitcher Brayden Bensen would get a complete game win as runs came fast and furious in the first couple of innings before settling down. Of the 13 runs scored on the night, only two were scored in the final four innings of play, a sacrifice fly off the bat of Rosalind left fielder Nic Ronsko and a RBI double from Sherwood Park’s Adam Schoenknecht in the bottom of the seventh. Rosalind will swept the season series 2-0, outscoring Sherwood Park 21-7. The loss officially eliminates Sherwood Park from the playoffs with the team at 0-9 on the season and only five games remaining. The win by Rosalind combined with a Edmonton Expos loss, sees the Athletics climb back into 4th place for the time being as they hold the series tie break against the Expos with a 7-6 win earlier in the season.

Sherwood Park’s Adam Schoenknecht drives a RBI double

 

Holden Blue Jays – 9

Armena Royals – 6

Perfect no more. The Armena Royals suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Holden Blue Jays. The Royals would come out swinging scoring five runs in the first two innings to put Holden behind the eight ball early with a 5-0 deficit. But Holden would chip away behind the bat of first baseman Zak Lang who would finish the game 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs. On the mound for the Jays was left hander Kyle Muzechka who would earn the complete game win over Armena. No information about the Royals was provided. The 2005 Camrose Colts who start their season 9-0 and the 2004 Armena Axemen who went 9-0-1 will continue to hold the record for the longest undefeated streak to start a season since 2001.

 

Leduc Milleteers – 2

Edmonton Expos – 1

The surging Leduc Milleteers are now 5-0 in their last five games as thy sit in second place in the PBL standings after a 2-1 win at John Fry Park in Edmonton against the Expos. The pitchers duel would last two extra innings before the Milleteers were able to score the winning run under the lights in the top of the 9th. Expos left hander Gary LeBlanc would pitch all nine innings for Edmonton in the loss. After starting out 4-0 and tied for first, the Expos now find themselves 6-4 and sitting out of the playoffs in 5th place after going 2-3 in their last five games. The 2-1 win by the Milleteers on Thursday night, combined with the 3-2 Expos win early in the season means that these two teams will be tied the PBL tie breakers should they find themselves sitting with the same record at the end of the season.

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