Hello to all fans of PBA Baseball. I am Chris Ewanik, and this is my second blog entry of the season. Thank you to everyone who read my first blog entry on our initial road trip to Las Vegas. The second trip of the year included a drive to Pasco Washington to play the Walla Walla Community College Warriors and the Columbia Basin College Hawks. The boys departed from Lloyd Nolan Yard Friday afternoon with a clean slate hoping to add some W's to their record. Starting bus driver, Ian was unavailable for this weekend's trip, so instead, Glenn would take the helm of the Carefree Express bus. Coach Hub’s son, Ty, also made the trip with the team, providing some company and stiff back of the bus poker competition.
An 11-hour bus ride would be made shorter by the cinematic masterpiece Family Guy Star Wars edition and Trouble With The Curve. Gage Buckaroo was the big winner of the poker games. Gage won the first two tourney's before Coach Hub had to step in for the final game and steal the meal money from us poor college students. The team rolled into Pasco at around 11 pm to the Red Lion Hotel before heading to bed in preparation for a busy day of games on Saturday. PBA had an hour drive to the ballpark to collect their thoughts and to get ready to play. The day included a win-loss split, dropping the first game by a score of 5-7 and winning the second game 3-1. Better bench energy, quality performances on the mound and freshman Torrin Vaselenak’s first college home run were the highlights from the day's games.
Following the games the team headed to the Old Country Buffet, always a PBA favourite watering hole when in the States. A big meal of steak, roast beef, potatoes and an ice cream machine were all welcomed by the hungry players. In celebration of his first college dinger, Jack just had to put a handful of banana cream pie in Torrin’s face. Stomachs full, the boys headed back to the hotel to relax and enjoy some flash games on their phones before heading to bed in preparation for the last day of the trip.
Sunday's games were somewhat "bipolar" as the team had a very poor performance in the first game, losing by a score of 12-0, but then winning the second game 13-2. The first game featured a total team collapse where no one played anywhere near their capabilities. In the second game, Jack Henley was phenomenal on the mound, throwing 7 dominant innings. David Leblanc lead the offense, collecting four hits, finishing a home run short of the cycle. Overall PBA had 17 hits in the game, and everyone contributed to the team's success. The team is showing flashes of excellence but overall needs to find a way to have more consistent efforts on the field to be more competitive going forward.
The Columbia Basin Athletic department picked up pizzas for the team so that we could get on the road as quick as possible. A treat that the boys obviously welcomed. The group watched what might be the best movie of the trip so far, End of Watch, a movie detailing the life of an inner city LA cop. The team arrived tired and drowsy at 3 am back in Lethbridge to bitter cold tempatures. With many players having 8 am classes on Monday these late nights are not comfortable, but they are worth it.
The boys are back in action next weekend against the College of Southern Idaho Eagles.
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