Tales from the Doug-Out for June 6th, 2022
The U18 AA Braves hosted a provincial round robin the last weekend of May. It has been a real challenge this year with grads and injuries. The Braves have been teetering on being shorthanded all season so far. In fact, on the Sunday game, the Braves only had nine players on the bench after losing a couple more players to injury.
In the first game on Saturday, the Braves played the lead leading 11-0 North East Edmonton Zone Padres. A tough team to start off the weekend. Up for the challenge, starter pitcher Brad Atwal hurled a great game going three-inning, with six strikes out and only 4 earned runs. He kept the team in it giving the Braves a fighting chance. Seth Cobourne pitched well, allowing only one earned run with three strikes and outs over four innings. Zach Lapointe went 1-3 at the plate with a double, and Ethan Walgren went 2-3 smashing a double off the right field wall. 2 feet higher, and it would have been his first home run as a Brave. The Braves kept it respectable but eventually lost 9-4 to an excellent Padres team.
The second game was against the Parkland Twins. Starter Kobe ‘Cobra’ Warawa went four innings with five strikeouts and 0 earned runs, having himself another solid outing. Big relief pitcher Carter Goreniuk who has been very reliable all year from the bullpen, came in to close out the game and chucked three innings with two strikeouts and 0 earned runs. Not only that, he was 2-3 at the plate to help the cause. Colton Lacoursierre went 2-3 at the dish with a double, and Dallas Sparklingeyes also batted 2-3 at the plate. The Braves ended up winning 6-3.
In the weekend’s final game, the Braves played the St Albert Cardinals. Dallas Sparklingeyes pitched two good innings with four strikeouts and only 1 earned run. Dawson Plamondon was catching the game and blocking anything in the dirt. Foster Pickowcz could get on base a couple of times and push the pace with his speed. Ty Dechaine went 2-3 at the plate and had been hitting the ball well this year. Coming off a knee injury, the ‘ Mighty Casey ‘Warawa played his first game of the year and went 1-2 at the plate. The Braves started slow and took too many innings to get the bats going but did end up winning 14-3 after six innings.
Overall it was a good weekend going 2-1, but the Braves have some work to do if they plan on sticking with the top teams in Tier 1.