10/30/2018 11:26 AM
Where does the time go? Can you believe that Halloween is tomorrow? As is the case every year at PBA, when the calendar turns over to November it means the outdoor schedule is complete. Last Friday, Team Red won one of the most competitive Fall World Series in recent memory over Team White. On Saturday the players were out in full costume for the 2018 Marathon Game festivities to wrap up what was a very positive fall season. After a couple of much needed days off the boys will be back inside to complete the famous PBA strength and conditioning program.
The Prairie Baseball Academy sure had a slow start to October. The weather was horrendous, it seemed like we may not get back outside this fall. However around the middle of the month the weather turned, and we got a great window to play our 2018 PBA Fall World Series. As is the case every year the coaches turn the reins over to the players. Second and Third year varsity players are chosen to be captains of their own respective teams. We host a draft day and every player in the program is drafted on to a team. We played a 15 game round robin. Six inning games with a few stipulations on pitch counts and playing time. After 15 hard fought baseball games the standings could not have been closer. White took the top spot with a record of 5-4-1, Blue was 5-5 and Red was 4-5-1 (one game finished tied due to darkness). White received an automatic berth into the final, and Red took down Blue in convincing fashion to earn their spot. The final game was a back and forth battle that was a perfect way to end the fall season. Team Red ultimately beat Team White 11-7 in a 9 inning ball game to be named 2018 PBA Fall World Series Champions.
At the end of each Fall World Series the coaching staff names a “Mr. October” (MVP) and a Cy Young award winner. This year there were no run away performances so both awards were given to two players. Our Co-Mr October’s were Jaret Semeniuk (.360 AVG, .529 OBP, 9 R, 12 RBI, 3 SB) and Ross St. Jean (.375 AVG, .448 OBP, 5 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 3 SB). St. Jean hit a game clinching 3-run homerun in the 9th inning of the final to seal the deal for Team Red. On the other side of the ball Ethan Kano McGregor (2-1, 19.1 IP, 2.79 ERA, 14 K) and Connor Huckins (1-1, 15.2 IP, 2.30 ERA, 12 K) shared the top pitching award. Extra props to Huckins for being the only freshman out of the group of four.
After completion of the final game of the Fall World Series on Friday, the boys were back at Lloyd Nolan Yard on Saturday for our 2018 Marathon Game. The Marathon Game is PBA’s only major fundraiser. Players send out letters asking for pledges to help support this great program. Each year friends and family members donate thousands of dollars to PBA which allows us to continue to have a great USA spring schedule each year. The date for the Marathon Game is always right around Halloween. This being the case, Coach Hubka decided a few years back to make it into a costume contest for the Marathon Game. Each of the past 8 years players have shown up in full costume, and competed for the top prize. Our top 3 costumes each got a gift card for their efforts. Following the costume contest the players headed outside to start our 100-inning game. Instead of having all 56 players on the diamond at once, we had a Spike Ball tournament, as well as a Fungo Golf course set up outside to keep everyone entertained. All in all it was a great day to end outdoor activities at PBA for the year! We still take donations until about the middle of November if you would like to contribute. Any amount is greatly appreciated. 403-320-1302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Players are off until Thursday when they will be back at Lloyd Nolan Yard to start their strength and conditioning program indoors. As always the coaching staff puts the players through a rigorous program designed to push them to their limit, while becoming bigger, faster and stronger.
Our annual poker tournament is this Saturday (Nov 3rd) right at the Lloyd Nolan Indoor Facility. It is always an exciting event for alumni and friends. $60 gets you your entry into the tournament, two drink tickets and a meal. If you are interested in attending the poker tournament please contact us by phone or email.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Prairie Baseball Academy this fall. It has been another great couple of months, and the spring will be here before we know it. PBA’s streak of consecutive CCBC championships was snapped last May, so this year is a year of redemption for the program. Come February there is no doubt the Varsity team will be ready to get back that championship trophy in 2019!