Hello to all fans of my weekly Prairie Baseball Academy blog. Unfortunately we had to cancel a weekends worth of games due Mother Nature's extended winter in Lethbridge this year. Two more snowstorms hit Lethbridge in the first couple weeks of April. The blizzards required all hands on deck to try and salvage the weekend's games against U of C. On Sunday April 8th both the Varsity and Junior Varsity team showed up at the yard at 9:00 am ready to work. Armed with shovels, boots, gloves and the Ol’ reliable John Deere gator the teams got to work. Even with all that manpower the program still needed some extra help to get the field ready. Nate Cummings is a friend of the program, and he came up clutch for the Dawgs Sunday morning, bringing his tractor to the field to aid in snow removal. Without Nate’s contribution, the fieldwork would have taken an eternity. On behalf of all players, thank you, Nate.
Accompanying the challenge of getting the field ready was the task of taking care of school work. Spring finals are a challenge for college baseball players and especially for the PBA. After spending seven weekends in a row traveling, the team was playing catch up in the classroom, preparing for final exams. At this point in the year, there is nothing more satisfying than writing those last tests and feeling done. Finals are finishing up here, so fingers crossed that the PBA players can finish strong. After all the field work and preparation, the Daws were ready to play U of C last weekend. That is before another snowstorm hit. Less severe than previous dumps this snow was wet and heavy. Players from both teams were digging trenches and holes for water while also scraping the infield hoping for some world famous Lethbridge wind.
The snow would cause the weekend’s games to be played on Sunday April 15th in the rare tripleheader. Three seven-inning games began Sunday morning at 11:00 am against the University of Calgary Dinos. In the first game of the weekend, PBA sent Scotty G to the mound against the Dinos. The Dawgs, however, did not seize the opportunity to win the opener. A disappointing effort resulted in the PBA losing game one by a score of 8-2. The second game featured an improved effort by the team. Jach Henley toed the rubber for the boys in blue. Jacko was sharp once again for the Dawgs throwing five impressive innings before giving the ball to Kano who was dominant out of the pen. Tyler Arnold sent a long ball flying over the scoreboard in left field and helped lead the Dawgs to a 3-2 victory in the second game of the day. In the third and final game, Liam Sabiston had the ball for the Dawgs. Sab kept the Dawgs in the game over his four innings of work highlighted by a five-run fifth from the PBA offense. Ultimately the inability to put away the Dinos cost PBA a win as the U of C would come from behind winning the game and the series.
The weekend as a whole was by no means a representation of the baseball this team is capable of. Pitchers failed to get ahead, hitters had poor approaches, and the defense did not make the routine plays routine. The forecast in southern Alberta is the best it has been so far this year so practices will finally be held outside. Being outside means there are no more excuses for mistakes. It is go time in Lethbridge. PBA has a series against the TRU Wolfpack this weekend in Lethbridge. Game times are 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm Saturday and 11:00 am and 2:00 pm Sunday. Come out and support the Dawgs in a pivotal weekend of conference play!
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