Armena Royals chase PBL history
A Holden Blue Jays baserunner beats the throw to first despite the stretch by Camrose Roadrunners first baseman Dan Keohane in Powerline Baseball League action in Camrose on Thursday June 7. Holden 11-1. Josh Aldrich/Camrose Canadian
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 earned the win for the Royals who had a few rough innings defensively to keep the Athletics within striking distance until the end. In the bottom of the sixth inning the Athletics got the tying and go-ahead runners on with no one out but failed to score after a botched double steal attempt. After Clark Banack scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh, the Athletics battled back with the top of their lineup getting the tying run into scoring position but once again were unable to capitalize as a pop up to short stop Doug Morris ended 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 nine games after their defeat at the hands of the Milleteers on Thursday night. Milleteers veteran pitcher Jon Anstey made 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.
Rosalind Athletics 7, Edmonton Expos 6
Rosalind Athletics sophomore Ty Twitchell played hero with a walk off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning in front of the hometown crowd. Rosalind’s Brayden Benson picked 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 record of 5-3. 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 needed 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 starter Grayson Suprovich pitched four innings for the win, striking out four and allowing no earned runs. Catcher Stephen Hrabec finished 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 11 runs was by far the biggest offensive game for the Blue Jays. They came into Thursday's action against the Roadrunners having scored only 15 runs in the previous six games to start the 2018 season.
Wednesday June 6
Camrose Axemen 7, Sherwood Park Athletics 4
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 collected 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 finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Axemen while Zach Bailey helped his own cause going 2-for-2 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. The Axemen stole 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 played a very good game defensively making several nice plays on extremely hard hit balls from the Axemen to keep the game close, despite the Harry Andreassen Field infield more closely resembling concrete than dirt. For Sherwood Park, their offence was driven by Andrew Koziol (2-for-4 with two runs scored and a double). This was the only meeting between the two clubs this season.
Tuesday June 5
Leduc Milleteers 9, Holden Blue Jays 1
The Milleteers continued their success against the Holden Blue Jays with a dominant 9-1 win on Tuesday night in Leduc. The Milleteers were not kind to their former pitcher Ryan Walker, who was making his first appearance against the team he played for from 2009-15. Walker went 22-4 for the Milleteers during his seven seasons with the club but Leduc was not in a welcoming mood. The Milleteers used timely hits to capitalize on Jays errors to put up the win versus Walker in his six innings of work. Walker struck out six and allowed two earned runs in the loss. Offensively for the Jays, Zak Lang and Colton Ziegler were both 1 for 3 as the lone bright spots.
Armena Royals 4, Camrose Roadrunners 2
Behind a strong pitching performance by Lance Zimmer, the Roadrunners pestered the league-leading Royals and hung around through the entire game, but just could not get enough offence against Royals starter Doug Morris. The right-handed Morris went the distance for the Royals for the win in front 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 combined 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) led the way for the Braves' offence. Berrecloth scored twice and stole a total of four bases on the night, while in his season debut, Sutherland hit a double and scored three times in the loss. Rosalind hit five doubles against the Braves' trio of Sean Melanson, Sutherland and Dustin Huebert as the Athletics sent 55 hitters to the plate in the nearly three-hour game.
Monday June 4
Camrose Axemen 11, Edmonton Expos 7
The Camrose Axemen defeated the Edmonton Expos in the 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 combined for 14 hits against Expos pitchers Daniel Zuk, Vaughn Rempel and Anthony Qaqish. Axemen right-handed pitcher Matt Andreassen earned the win in relief of starter John Robbins. The duo allowed only five hits to the Expos, four of which were doubles. The Axemen rode 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.