Weekend of Exhibition Baseball in Camrose
Each team will play two games on either Saturday May 4 or Sunday May 5 against teams that for the most part they would not get to square off against normally.
Saturday May 4
9:30am - Camrose Axemen White at Camrose Roadrunners
12:00pm - Heisler Cardinals at Armena Royals
2:30pm - Camrose Roadrunners at Heisler Cardinals
5:00pm - Armena Royals at Camrose Axemen Red
Sunday May 5
9:30am - Camrose Axemen Red at Leduc Milleteers
12:00pm - Leduc Milleteers at Edmonton Warriors
2:30pm - Edmonton Warriors at Camrose Axemen White
With a large returning roster for 2013, the Axemen will be playing as a split squad over the weekend. A move that should maximize playing time and allow Managers Bryan Toles and Jordan Riopel to evaluate the squad heading into the May 8 NCABL Opening Night.
The hope of the early season tournament is to also get some early season exposure for baseball in the Camrose area as the field consists of the Axemen, the Camrose Roadrunners, Heisler Cardinals and Armena Royals who are all made up of local Camrose players and still play in the Camrose area. The teams from the Camrose area also had a great deal of success in 2012;
Camrose Axemen (25-12 overall, won NCABL Pennant and was the NCABL Championship Finalist)
Armena Royals (7-8 in the PBL and was the PBL Championship Finalist)
Heisler Cardinals (32-9-1 overall in 2012, BRBL Champion and 2012 AA Senior Provincial Finalist)
Camrose Roadrunners (5-9 in the PBL)
Leduc Milleteers (11-4 in the PBL, won PBL Pennant and the PBL Champion in 2012)
Edmonton Warriors (8-10 in the NCABL)
After a successful 2012 campaign which saw the team finish first, enter Senior AA Provincials and host the NCABL Championship Series, the Axemen were able to gain more exposure for baseball in the community and would like to continue the trend in 2013. Too many times members of the Axemen team were told by members of the community that they would have come out and watched but didn't even know Camrose had men's baseball. Governor's Wes Harrison and Kris Kushnerick have also experienced individuals not knowing Camrose has senior men's baseball while recruiting players when infact Camrose has three different men's baseball leagues (NCABL, PBL, BRBL) drawing from it and more than a handful of teams within 30-45 minutes of Camrose, including two in town with the Axemen and Roadrunners.
The team will hopefully be able to get the ball rolling for baseball in Camrose with a successful showing at the Exhibition Weekend in early May.
Baseball fans can head to the Axemen website at www.rteamsite.com/baseball/camroseaxemen/ or follow the Axemen on Twitter @camroseaxemen for updates and stories all season long.