05/09/2016 11:28 AM
The Prairie Baseball Academy Varsity team finished up another dominant CCBC regular season by taking three of four from the University of Calgary Dinos. The boys finished the CCBC schedule with a 22-6 record to breeze to the conference title. Up next will be the true test this weekend in Kelowna where PBA will look to capture their 6th straight CCBC Championship.
After a rather average 8-5 start through 13 games of the CCBC schedule PBA turned the second half of the season around in truly dominant fashion. The boys finished the final 15 games 14-1 with the only loss coming in Calgary last Saturday. Before Saturday the boys had rattled off 12 straight victories in conference play. The consistency the boys have showed in all aspects of the game the passed month has been incredible. The boys have played as a team and the stats don’t lie. The Varisty Dawgs finished with a sky high .336 team batting average. 10 of 11 position players with at least 40 at bats finished with an average above .300. Second year player Cory Scammell and 1st year shortstop Nick Ankermann led the way with .419 batting averages in conference play. Those two batting average will take home co-batting champion honours. Scammell and Ankermann hit .038 points higher then the next closest competitor.
Along with batting average Cory Scammell put up some incredible numbers this season for the Prairie Baseball Academy. Scammell was near the top in every offensive category in the CCBC. Scammell finished conference play with a .419 AVG, 49 hits, 17 doubles and 31 RBI’s all good for tops in the league. Scammell was not alone in the offensive game for the Dawgs. New Brunswick native Brett Brittany was a pitchers nightmare in the second half of the season. All told Brittany hit .327 with 7 doubles, 5 triples and 3 homeruns. Brittany’s triple and homerun totals led the conference. Two more standout players for PBA were Layne Currie and Matthew Malec. Currie hit .327 and was second in the league in runs with 31. Matt Malec hit .324 with 11 doubles and 25 RBI’s, which were 2nd and 3rd in the league respectively. The Varsity team will need top to bottom contribution from their potent offense if they want to take home the CCBC Championship once again.
On the other side of the ball PBA was similarly dominant. The starting four pitchers for the Dawgs this season were tremendous. Leading the way was 2nd year veteran Jared Libke. Libke went 4-1 with 2 saves pitching as a starter and out of the bullpen. Libke threw 39.1 innings, striking out a league leading 47 batters with a 2.28 ERA. He also had an incredible 15 strikeout game in non-conference play earlier in the year. Tanner Jesson-Dalton led the team in ERA at 1.94. Dalton threw 32.1 innings with 34 strikeouts and a 2-1 record. The two lefties in the rotation Rhett Fesser and Andrew Greieder also threw very well for the Dawgs during conference play. Grieder was second in the league with 5 wins and Fesser tied for third with 4 wins. Out of the bullpen another 2nd year veteran was excellent for the Dawgs. Dylan Theroux finished with a perfect 4-0 record in 20.2 innings, 22 strikeouts and a 2.17 ERA. Heading into the CCBC Championships the Dawgs will have a loaded staff with the addition of Luc Hebert back into the mix after missing part of the season to a groin injury. The staff will look to keep their dominant form in tact as they prepare for the weekends games.
PBA will play two games on Thursday. The first game will be against the UofC Dinos. The second game will be against TRU. Check back for times and updates on how the team is doing during the CCBC Championships.