A Weekend in Idaho

Welcome, all fans of PBA Baseball. The third weekend of the year entailed a road trip to Twin Falls Idaho. The 11-hour drive was made shorter by more traditional poker battles. Your favorite blog writer, Chris Ewanik, was the big winner in poker this past week. A game two split with Coach Mac would precede an impassioned win over Coach Hub. Taking back players meal money was a big moral victory.


Lukas Ankermann was essential to trip as well. A big batch of homemade sweets included rice krispie squares and peanut butter M&M squares (the name does not begin to describe the flavour). The boys encouraged Ank to keep up the good work for the next trip. We rolled into the Quality Inn at around 9:00 pm before getting a good nights rest before our first two games. Friday’s games did not start until 1:00 pm, so the team seized the opportunity to see the sights of the town. The main view of the city was the acclaimed gorge. A massive hole in the middle of the city provided some great photo opportunities, as you can see.


The games against CSI featured a friendly face for a few members of the team. Shawn Grandmont is a sophomore 3rd baseman at the College Of Southern Idaho and is from Lethbridge. The team has four alumni from the Lethbridge Elks program whom all played with Shawn. Eric Davies and I also coached the Fort Macleod Royals American Legion ‘A’ team this past summer with Shawn. All personal feelings aside the weekend's games would progress. Friday’s games included two tight games with the #17 in the nation CSI Eagles. The Dawgs dropped games 2-1 and 4-2. Two closely contested pitching battles saw the pitching staff keep the team in the games. However, weak situational hitting with runners in scoring position continued to plague the team as a lack of runs lead to two loses.


Saturday’s games against the Eagles included a late-inning collapse where Liam Sabiston was excellent for seven strong innings and a game where PBA ultimately fell flat. Final scores of 5-1 in each contest lead to a weekend that was closer and more competitive but finally still not the result the team wanted. Driving back Saturday night as opposed to Sunday night was a welcome change. The bus featured two cinematic masterpieces The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. The famous tales of Batman kept the boys entertained as Ian kept us on the highway heading north. The bus arrived home at around 4:30 in the morning before the boys would head to bed and have Sunday to sleep as long as they wanted and needed.


Starting tomorrow we are in Washington again for our final non-conference weekend of the year. Two games a peice against Walla Walla and Blue Mountain will set the tone for the 2018 CCBC season.


Thank you all for reading tune in next week.


--Chirs Ewanik

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