Happenings and Home Runs

The rosters have been posted for all teams now that the deadline has come and gone. Additionally, here’s some other news and notes on administrative things as we head into the second half of the season.

If you noticed the standings looking funny, comment or give Jason Buzzell and email. Some late nights behind the scenes saw a transposed score posted. buzzell_17@hotmail.com is a good email as well as Twitter @Buzzilinear. Big thanks to Brett Barron on catching a recent wrong score!

Also, the standings application is a little wonky. So if you see teams in the wrong order some times before we get a manual fix, it may not be in the right order. Scores and actual record should always be accurate so never hesitate to email or tweet!

Finally, big thanks to KRUSHER as I used to call him, andand his “team,” with the photos, twitter and game update work. This is huge and fun to see from afar as well as close by I am sure. Be sure to support their photography work through purchasing or scheduling events, etc… http://www.twopointphotography.com/ 

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Around the League June 4 – June 7

Monday June 4

Camrose Axemen – 11

Edmonton Expos – 7

The Camrose Axemen would defeat the Edmonton Expos in the one and only scheduled regular season meeting between the two teams by scoring at least one run in each of the six innings played on Monday night. The Axemen would combine for a total of 14 hits against Expos pitchers Daniel Zuk, Vaughn Rempel and Anthony Qaqish. Axemen right handed pitcher Matt Andreassen would get the win in relief of starter John Robbins. The duo would allow only 5 hits to the Expos, 4 of which were doubles. The Axemen would ride the hard hitting offence and for the first time this season, solid defence, to the victory while the Expos will need to tighten up defensively and on the base paths if they wish to keep pace with the first place Armena Royals. The two expansion teams can now only meet in a playoff series after their one game season series was completed.


Tuesday June 5

Holden Blue Jays – 1

Leduc Milleteers – 9

The Milleteers would continue their success against the Holden Blue Jays with a dominant 9-1 win on Tuesday night in Leduc. The Milleteers would not be kind to their former pitcher Ryan Walker, who was making his first appearance against the team he played from 2009 – 2015. Walker would go 22-4 for the Milleteers during his seven seasons with the club but Leduc was not in the welcoming mood. The Milleteers would use timely hits to capitalize on Jays errors to put up a big win vs Walker in his six innings of work. Walker would strike out six and allow just two earned runs in the loss. Offensively for the Jays, Zak Lang and Colton Ziegler would be 1 for 3 as the lone bright spots on Tuesday night.

 

Camrose Roadrunners – 2

Armena Royals – 4

Behind a strong pitching performance by Lance Zimmer, the Roadrunners would pester the league leading Royals and hang around through the entire game, but just could not get enough offence against Royals starter Doug Morris. The right handed Morris would go the distance for the Royals for the win infront of the hometown fans.

 

Rosalind Athletics – 16

Tofield Braves – 13

It was a pitching coach’s nightmare on Tuesday night in Tofield as the Braves and Athletics would combine for 29 runs and 28 hits with the Braves battling back from an early 10-2 deficit. Dylan Berrecloth (3 for 4) and Jason Sutherland (3 for 3) would lead the way for the Braves offence. Berrecloth would score twice and steal a total of four bases on the night while in his season debut Sutherland would hit a double and score three times in the loss. Rosalind would hit five doubles against the Braves trio of Sean Melanson, Sutherland and Dustin Huebert as the Athletics would send 55 hitters to the plate in the nearly three hour game.


Wednesday June 6

Sherwood Park Athletics – 4

Camrose Axemen – 7

A two run top of the first inning by the Athletics, aided by some questionable decisions by the Axemen defensively, wasn’t enough momentum for Sherwood Park to sneak their first win of the season in Camrose. Axemen pitcher Zach Bailey would collect his first career complete game win, defeating Sherwood Park’s Joey Poapst in front of a crowd that pushed 60 people on a gorgeous Wednesday night at Harry Andreassen Field. Veteran rookie Gord Nadeau would finish the game 3 for 4 with a RBI for the Axemen while Zach Bailey would help his own cause going 2 for 2 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. The Axemen would steal a total of five bases on the night with Cal Zimmer stealing three himself as small ball and timely hits were the keys to Camrose success tonight. Sherwood Park would play a very good game defensively making three or four nice plays on extremely hard hit balls from the Axemen to keep the game close despite the Harry Andreassen Field infield closer resembling concrete then dirt. For Sherwood Park their offence was drive by Andrew #7 (2 for 4 with two runs scored and a double), Adam #19 (2 for 4) and Mark #6 (2 for 3 with a run scored and a stolen base). This was the only meeting between the two clubs this season.


Thursday June 7

Armena Royals – 9

Sherwood Park Athletics – 7

It might not have been the prettiest win, but it was still a win for the Armena Royals who extended their undefeated streak to seven games with a 9-7 win in Sherwood Park. Lyndon Galvin would take the win for the Royals who had a few rough innings defensively to keep the Athletics within striking distance right until the end. In the bottom of the sixth inning the Athletics would get the tying and go ahead runners on with no one out but would fail to score after a botched double steal attempt. After Clark Banack would score an unearned run in the top of the seventh the Athletics would battle back with the top of their lineup getting the tying run into scoring position but would once again be unable to capitalize as a pop up to short stop Doug Morris would end the threat and the game. The Royals are now within striking distance of the 2004 Armena Axemen (10 games, 9-0-1) and the 2005 Camrose Colts (9-0) for the longest undefeated streak to start the season in modern PBL history. At 7-0 they sit tied for third all time on that list with the 2015 Ryley Rebels who also started 7-0 that season.

Leduc Milleteers – 7

Tofield Braves – 5

It has been a tough season for the Tofield Braves, who finished last season with the lowest runs allowed in the league with 58 over 14 games. This season the Braves have allowed 84 runs now over only 9 games after their defeat at the hands of the Milleteers on Thursday night. Milleteers veteran pitcher Jon Anstey would make an appearance on the hill for the win in Tofield. The Milleteers are one of the hottest teams in the league winning their last three games by a combined score of 26-6 against the Sherwood Park Athletics, Holden Blue Jays and the Braves.

 

Edmonton Expos – 6

Rosalind Athletics – 7

A walk off win for Rosalind as Athletics sophomore Ty Twitchell would play hero with the game winning hit in the bottom of the seventh infront of a the hometown crowd. Rosalind’s Brayden Benson would pick up the relief win. The loss is the Expos third in the last four games as the team has slipped from their 4-0 start to a now 5-3 record. The Rosalind win moves the A’s into second place overall in the standings as they hold a tie break over the Camrose Axemen (1-1, +5). The two time defending PBL champion Athletics appear to be getting hot at the right time heading into the second half of the season next week.

 

Holden Blue Jays – 11

Camrose Roadrunners – 1

It was the fastest game in Blue Jays history according to their Twitter account. The Jays would need only one hour and five minutes to pick up their fourth win of the season in a five inning mercy rule shortened game against the Roadrunners. Jays started Grayson Suprovich would pitch four innings for the win, striking out four and allowing no earned runs. Catcher Stephen Hrabec would finish a home run short of the cycle going 3 for 3 with four RBIs and three runs scored on the night with outfielder Allan Ziegler also perfect at the plate going 3 for 3  with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. The eleven runs was by far the biggest offensive game for the Blue Jays. They came into tonight’s action against the Roadrunners having scored only fifteen runs in the previous six games to start the 2018 season.

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Around The League May 28 – May 31

This week in Powerline Baseball League action will see a total of eight games played over three days as teams look to separate themselves in the standings. The PBL will also see a historic game played in Vegreville on Tuesday night with the league’s first ever action in the town between the Holden Blue Jays and Edmonton Expos.

Monday May 28

1 – Leduc Milleteers (2-3)

3 – Camrose Roadrunners (1-3)

Behind a strong pitching performance by Roadrunners ace Lance Zimmer, Camrose was able to break a 10 game losing streak against the Milleteers dating back to the 2013 season. It is the first time since 2011, when the current Roadrunners team emerged, that they have been able to beat the Milleteers in Camrose. Heading into Monday night’s game the Milleteers had a commanding 13-2 record against the Roadrunners with Camrose winning the season series 2-1 in 2012 with a pair of wins over the Milleteers in Leduc. The win is the Roadrunners and Zimmer’s first of the season as Camrose looks to claw its way up the tightly packed PBL standings. The Roadrunners now sit three games back of the Armena Royals and Edmonton Expos, who were both idle on this night, and only a game back of the current fourth place Rosalind Athletics. The Roadrunners will head to Tofield to take on the 2-3 Braves on Tuesday night in their first meeting of the season while Leduc will host the 0-3 Sherwood Park Athletics. The Milleteers defeated the A’s 12-2 on May 17 in their previous meeting, which was a five inning mercy win.

 

Tuesday May 29

0 – Sherwood Park Athletics (0-4)

10 – Leduc Milleteers (3-4)

The Leduc Milleteers hit the halfway point in their season schedule in style on Tuesday night as veteran right hander Steve Pahl would pitch the Milleteers to a five inning no-hitter against the Sherwood Park Athletics. It is the second time this season that the Milleteers have blown out the Athletics with Pahl on the hill. On June 17 the Milleteers would defeat the Athletics 12-2 in five innings with another great Pahl pitching performance. The win keeps the Milleteers in striking distance of the playoffs in a tight race between five teams for the final two playoff spots.

Milleteers pitcher Steve Pahl would throw a 5 inning no-hitter

 

4 – Camrose Roadrunners (1-4)

12 – Tofield Braves (3-3)

The Braves climbed back to .500 on Tuesday night with a convincing win over the Camrose Roadrunners. Fresh off their first win of the season on Monday night, the Roadrunners were no match for the Braves and pitcher Sean Melanson. The right handed pitcher from Tofield would pick up his second win of the season, getting out of  a couple of jams with minimal damage to secure the win. The loss breaks the momentum of the Roadrunners would will need to string together some wins to climb back into the playoff race.

 

1 – Camrose Axemen (2-2)

7 – Rosalind Athletics (3-2)

A’s pitching would hold the Axemen to only two hits on the night as the offence would capitalize on a few Axemen errors at key times to take the season series. The win also moves the A’s into sole possession of third place in the standings. The lone Axemen run would come in the top of the first inning when catcher Zach Willms would drive in first baseman John Robbins with two out. The final hit for the Axemen was a one out double by left fielder Matt Andreassen, he would eventually get stranded at third in the inning. Steve Enright would lead off the game with a single and eventually come around to score as he would finish 1-3 on the night with a walk. Outfielder Brett Yuha continues his extra base hit exploration of the Camrose Axemen this season with another double to finish the game 1-3 with a run scored and a walk. Axemen pitcher Zach Bailey would take the loss with the Athletics scoring one run in the first inning, two in the second inning and finally four runs in the fifth inning to put the game away.

Ryan Yuha would score a pair of runs in the A’s victory.

 

0 – Edmonton Expos (4-1)

6 – Holden Blue Jays (2-2)

The first game in Vegreville for the Powerline Baseball League would see the “hometown” Holden Blue Jays shutout the Edmonton Expos 6-0. Jays pitcher Ryan Walker would capitalize on a eight man lineup from the Expos toss a complete game for the win and striking out six Edmonton hitters. Grayson Suprovich would lead the offence going 2-4 with a pair of stolen bases with Colton Ziegler going 1-2 with a pair of walks and Zak Lang finishing the night 1-3. Ziegler would have a double and score two runs while Lang would get hit by a pitch and knock in two RBIs for the Jays. The Expos will hang on to the season series after defeating the Jays 7-0 on Opening Day, should these two teams find themselves in a tie at seasons end.

 

Thursday May 31

2 – Sherwood Park Athletics (0-5)

8 – Edmonton Expos (5-1)

A 1-0 game would get blown wide open in the fifth inning by the Edmonton Expos when they would send ten hitters to the plate scoring six runs on multiple extra base hits that would eventually lead to a 8-2 victory over the Sherwood Park Athletics. Anthony Qaqish would earn the win for the Expos over his former team from 2017. The game would grind away in the final few innings with both having pitchers on the hill throwing knuckleballs…a rare occurrence to see duelling knuckleballers in the PBL. The Expos would bounce back after a road loss on Tuesday night in Vegreville while the Athletics slip to a five games back of first place and two and a half back of a playoff spot.

Anthony Qaqish helps his own cause with a RBI extra base hit.

 

2 – Rosalind Athletics (3-3)

5 – Armena Royals (5-0)

The Armena Royals continue their astonishing bounce back season after a disappointing 3-11 2017 campaign with their fifth win of the year on Thursday night. Armena would snap a three game losing streak to the Rosalind Athletics dating back to the two teams 2016 PBL Championship Series, with a 5-2 win at Anniversary Park. Few details are known about what is contributing to the turnaround by the Royals and how they are winning, but whatever it is, it has been working well for them this season. Information on the game was unavailable.

The A’s were unable to halt the red hot Royals

 

1 – Tofield Braves (3-4)

2 – Holden Blue Jays (3-2)

Baseball fans were treated to a pitching duel between Braves right-hander Corey Epp and Jays left-hander Kyle Muzechka on Thursday night as the two teams would face each other for the first time since Holden ended Tofield’s season in game three of their Semi-Final Series last season. Both pitchers would allow six hits each, Epp striking out four and Muzechka striking out eight with both throwing complete games in a match up that took roughly an hour and a half. An unearned run on a pair of Braves errors would end up being the difference with the Jays winning 2-1. While Muzechka was keeping the Braves in check from the mound, he was also contributing with the bat going 2-3 with a RBI and a stolen base. Jays slugger Zak Lang would also finish 2-3 on the night, also picking up a stolen base. Braves pitcher Corey Epp would finish 1-3 with the lone run for his team with Braves outfielder Mark Lawson driving in Epp in his 2-3 game. The Jays now hold a three game win streak over the Tofield Braves going back to last season’s playoff series. It is also the fifth time in six meetings between the two teams that the home team has emerged victorious. With the win the Jays took sole possession of 3rd place in the tightly packed PBL standings.

Kyle Muzechka would pitch a complete game for the Jays

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