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Young Stars Shine In Game 2 Blowout

Game 2 was a far less interesting affair as the Wolfpack offense was firing on all cylinders in this one. The Pack scored in every inning on their way to a 13-3 final in a six inning mercy rule game.

Pat Kelley (1-0) returned from a three week hiatus (nursing a minor back injury) to act as the opener for Game 2 against the Twins and spun a stellar two innings before handing things off to Dirk Dembroski (1-0) who took things the rest of the way to earn his first FMBA win of the 2019 season. Neither pitcher allowed a walk, and they stifled the Twins offense to the tune of only two earned runs over six innings while the Wolfpack offense did their thing.

Game 2 was the tale of two rookies, as twenty year-old Trent Lawson and nineteen year-old Brandon Billesberger put on an offensive show throughout the entire game. Lawson, an early favoite for the Wolfpack’s 2019 MVP award, continued his torrid 2019 season by going three for four and finishing a single shy of the cycle. He drove in three runs and scored three himself. His video game numbers persist, as he’s now hitting .727/.720/1.455 in FMBA play. Branon Billesberger broke out in a big way as well in this game, falling only a double and a single shy of the cycle himself. The speedy young outfielder has three triples of his own this year which is good for second on the team, and popped his first career FMBA homer in this one, only his tenth career game.

The Wolfpack are gradually getting some of their key payers back from early season injuries, but the offense has continued to roll in their absence as the young additions to the roster have begun to cement themselves into various roles as well. The future looks brighter and brighter for the Calgary Wolfpack as their core continues to add fresh, talented role players that have arrived ready to tear the FMBA up from Day 1.

Wolfpack Take Game 1 of Twins Doubleheader

The Wolfpack improved to 8-3 with a 12-7 victory in Game 1 of their doubelheader with the Twnis Saturday. Defense was back to being rough, and the pitching was giving up some hard contact, but the bats more than made up for it by scoring nine runs in the first two innings and never looking back.

Curtis Smith (4-0) earned his fourth win of the 2019 FMBA season despite not having his best stuff and struggling through some long innings littered with base hits. He allowed season highs in both hits and earned runs with eight and four respectively, and struck out a season low ten batters in the complete game victory.

Michael Goldade and Matt Zanutto led the offensive attack in Game 1, as both players knocked in three runs a piece, accounting for six of the Pack’s twelve runs in the game. both collected multiple hits, and Goldade ripped his team leading fourth triple of the season (in eleven games).

One of the bigger stories of the day was the long awaited return of Carlos Charmell to the Wolfpack lineup. Out since May 12th with a hamstring strain suffered on a stolen base attempt, the long-time fixture at the top of the Wolfpack lineup was able to collect a single and score a run during the game without suffering any setbacks. The Wolfpack have ten days off before their next league game, giving Charmell more time to rest and recover as he gears up to rejoin the Wolfpack during their push for a championship.

Wolfpack Complete Sweep of Twins

The Wolfpack took care of business last Sunday by sweeping the weekend double-header with the Calgary Twins.

This game was never close as the Pack scratched 4 runs across in the first inning en route to a victory by way of the mercy rule after 5 innings, the final score was 11-0.

Curtis Smith (1-0) tossed a complete game shutout and looks to have regained his form from his early days with the Wolfpack. Smith had a hard time settling in last year after an early season biceps injury caused him to miss the entire first month of the 2017 season. He kept the Twins offense off balance and only allowed 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 10.

After toying with the idea all winter, manager Shaun Connor made the decision to drop shortstop Carlos Charmell down to second in the batting order to start the season after he had been a reliable leadoff hitter over the past several years for the Wolfpack. Charmell responded by posting a 1.914 OPS and driving in 3 runs at the plate. He is tied for the team lead in hits and leads the team in total bases through the first 2 games while reaching base 71% of the time.

Next up for the Wolfpack is a weekend doubleheader against the Calgary Guns on Sunday, May 13th 3pm & 6pm.

Wolfpack Victorious In Season Opener

The Calgary Wolfpack opened their season against the Calgary Twins on Sunday morning and came away with the victory in a 9-4 win.

Sean Maguire (1-0) put on a solid pitching performance in his first appeareance since 2017 hip surgery. He threw 4 innings allowing only 2 earned runs, he gave up 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out 3. Recent rumours around the front office suggest the Wolfpack are nearing a deal to loan Maguire to the St. Albert Tigers indefinitely. When pressed for reasons why, front office sources said “there are none, this **** is stupid.”

The Wolfpack offense jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, but put the game away in the third when they hung 4 runs on Twins starter Matt Kerslake. Carlos Charmell kicked off the big inning with a leadoff triple and was brought in to score on Blake Carruthers’ sac fly. Jon Young got in on the scoring with a two-run double, then promptly took the opportunity to show off his new “I lost weight” wheels by stealing home to provide the fourth run of the inning. Charmell, Young, Curtis Smith, and Roly Diaz all provided two hits a piece, which was good for 8 of the Pack’s 9 hits in the contest.

The Twins scored twice in the fourth inning, giving Brent “The Dragon” Suecroft an opportunity to come in and earn his first hold of the season, and Phil Gray shut the door in the 7th after the Wolfpack tacked on 3 more insurance runs in the middle innings.