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Strilchuk Continues Hot Streak, Wolfpack Take Series

The Wolfpack clinched their season series with the White Sox early on Saturday when they took Game 1 by a score of 7-1. The game was closer than the final score would indicate, as Christian Lapointe went toe to toe with White Sox ace Tony Olson in a pitchers duel that saw Lapointe take a 1-0 lead and a no hitter into the bottom of the sixth inning before the White Sox were able to get to him. They would ultimately tie the game 1-1 heading into the top of the seventh before the Wolfpack bats woke up in a big way and tacked on six runs to seal the win.

A clutch bases loaded single by Cam Williams gave the Pack the go-ahead run, which was followed by a two run single by Mitch McGeein bringing up the red hot Russell Strilchuk with two outs and a 4-1 lead. Strilchuk took one pitch before ambushing a fastball and blowing the game open with a three run shot to right field.

Saturday’s second Game started off rough but the Wolfpack offense did its best to stage a comeback as they turned a 7-0 deficit into tight 8-7 loss when all was said and done. Brandon Billesberger was a walking highlight in the contest as he went 3-4 with a triple and two RBI while swiping three bags and extending his lead on the rest of the FMBA in that category, he’s now stolen eight bases across six games.

The Wolfpack head into their Bye Week 4-2 on the season, and will be in action Monday July 27th when they start up their series with the Cardinals,

Strilchuk Walks Off White Sox

Wolfpack rookie Russell Strilchuk broke out in a big way on Wednesday night by smashing a two run walk off home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Pack improved to 3-1 with the win and took a share of first place in the ‘A’ Division heading into their doubleheader on Saturday to wrap up the season series with the White Sox.

Strilchuk collected three hits in four plate appearances during the contest and knocked in three of the Pack’s four runs to lead the offense. The Wolfpack had runners threatening through the entire game, but on several occasions just failed to muster the timely hit to score those runs early on. With a 2-1 lead going into the final inning, starting pitcher Dirk Dembroski turned the ball over to Cory Lawson for the save, but a couple of walks and a big triple by Sox outfielder Brent Biever saw the Pack’s lead evaporate as they would head into the bottom of the final inning down 3-2.

Fellow Wolfpack rookie Mitch McGeein would set the table for Strilchuk by ringing a double over the head of Biever in center field to put a runner in scoring position with one out. Shaun Connor was unable to cash in McGeein as he recorded the second out of the inning bringing Strilchuk up with two outs. After spoiling away several pitches and working the count to full Strilchuk capitalized on a hanging breaking ball and crushed it over the right field wall to secure the Pack their third win of the young season.

The series concludes on Saturday night with a doubleheader beginning at 3pm at Glen Hansen field.

Wolfpack Finally Back In Acton Following Three Consecutive Rainouts

The Wolfpack were finally able to open their 2020 season on Tuesday night and came away with the victory in an 8-4 extra innings win over the Guns. After their first three games were rained out, the skies parted on a chilly Tuesday night to allow the Wolfpack and Guns to kick off their three game season series.

The game, and by extension the 2020 season, started off with a bang as Wolfpack shortstop Carlos Charmell smacked a leadoff home run to left field to stake the Pack an early one run lead. The rest of the offense followed suit, loading the bases up and scoring two more to make it 3-0 before the Guns even had a chance to bat.

Dirk Dembroski was given the nod on the hill for the season opener and did not disappoint. He battled through six innings allowing only one earned run and striking out four. Some defensive miscues in the fourth inning cost the Wolfpack their lead when the Guns tied it up 3-3, but they were able to regain it in the top of the seventh inning. Dembroski came out to try and close out the game but started run out of steam and pitched himself into a bases loaded jam. Curtis Smith then came in to try pitch them out of the jam but wasn’t able to prevent the tying run from scoring, forcing extra innings and costing Dembroski his first win of the season.

In the top of the eighth the Guns went to their bullpen and the Pack offense roared back to life. The go-ahead run was scored from second on a clutch single by Axel Christoffersen, which was follwed up by a walk and two hits and some wild pitches to plate four in the final inning.

The Wolfpack will wrap up their season series with the Guns at 9am and 12pm Saturday July 11 with Christian Lapointe slated to take the mound in the early contest.

Wolfpack Clinch Third FMBA Title With Sweep Of Longhorns

The Calgary Wolfpack wrapped up a hugely successful 2019 season with a 2-0 series sweep over the Calgary Longhorns in the FMBA Championship Series this weekend.

This marks the organization’s third championship in their short 10-year history, and with this year’s new recruits all playing major roles in the playoff run, the future looks brighter than ever for the Pack as they move on to celebrate and reflect on the strides they took as a team this year.

Between FMBA regular season play and tournaments, the Wolfpack played 45 games in 2019 and posted an overall record of 31-14. They competed in four tournaments throughout the summer, winning two of them and losing in the finals of the other two. They had their best offensive season on record, as most of their team recordbook ended up having to be rewritten following some of the 2019 performances put on by Pack players.

The team will officially wrap up the year with the annual Wolfpack Wind Up this Saturday before breaking off for the fall and getting back together for Wolfpack Christmas later in the year.

Wolfpack Victorious Over Guns Monday Night

The Wolfpack improved to 12-8 on the season with a blowout win over the Guns Monday night. The offense took a couple innings to warm up, but ended up scoring twelve runs on the night when all was said and done.

Dirk Dembroski (2-1) got back into the win column with a strong performance on the mound, he allowed only three runs (one earned) over seven innings while striking out seven and walking only one, the Guns only mustered four hits against him.

Cam Williams, Fraser Armstrong, and Trent Lawson continued to swing hot sticks, as they all contributed multiple hits on the day, and they combined for eight of the Pack’s twelve RBI in the game.

Michael Goldade reached base in four of his five plate appearances as the table-setter at the top of the lineup, but his biggest contribution of the night came in the third inning when he chased down a would-be leadoff double in the gap screaming off the bat of Guns second baseman Conner Leavitt for the first out of what ultimately became a three up, three down inning. The score was only 2-1 at the time of the catch, and there was a palpable shift in momentum from that point forward.

The Wolfpack are back in action Tuesday night when Cory Lawson takes the mound again in search of his first career victory against the White Sox at 6:30pm.

Wolfpack Rookie Of The Year Candidate Pads Resume With Derby Win

As soon as Cam Williams stepped onto the field in 2019 he added a lethal righ-handed bat to the middle of what was already a long and potent lineup. He also provided strong defense at the hot corner and quality innings on the mound, but now Williams has added an FMBA Home Run Derby title to his resume in his maiden voyage through the FMBA.

Saturday afternoon’s annual Home Run Derby saw another strong turnout from teams and players around the lague as representatives from all but three teams came out to try their hand at claiming the title of the league’s most prolific power bat.

The initial field of twenty contestants waned to four heading into the semifinal round, and each semifinal matchup had Wolfpack representation as Blake Carruthers came out from the labrum surgery waiting list to defend his 2018 title, but ultimately fell 8-7 to Adrian Malana of the Calgary Guns in their semifinal matchup. Cam Williams put out a derby-high nine homers in his semifinal round to knock out Calgary Dukes slugger Eric Buckley and set himself on a collision course with Adrian Malana for what turned out to the best Home Run Derby final in recent memory.

Both finalists crushed eight homers each in their timed round, with Williams smacking his eighth and round-tying homer with eight seconds left on the clock.The tie would force the exhausted hitters into a 5-swing swing off, with Malana hitting first. Adrian was able to put one ball over the left field wall with his five swings, giving Williams five swings to hit two home runs and clinch the title. Williams put a ball out on his second swing to gurantee he would at least survive the round, and then let loose another bomb on his fourth swing to clinch his first career FMBA Derby title.

The Wolfpack would like to extend a huge thanks to all of the friends and family that volunteer and help make this event possible each summer. They’d also like to thank event sponsor Hells’ Basement Brewery, and silent auction donors Stampede Toyota, the Calgary Redbirds, Frank Kernick, Verna Goldade, and Glenmore Audi.

Wolfpack Lose Pitcher’s Duel With Diamondbacks

The Wolfpack dropped Game 1 of their morning doubleheader with the Diamondbacks on Satuday to fall to 10-8.

This game was a lights out pitcher’s duel between two of the league’s top arms in Curtis Smith (4-1) and Joe Sergent (3-0). Offense was hard to come by, as both teams were blanked heading into the seventh inning, when the Diamondbacks scratched one run across in the top of the inning which would ultimately be the deciding factor.

The Diamondbacks and Wolfpack are turning it around for Game 2 immediately following Game 1 before kicking off the 2019 FMBA Home Run Derby.

Wolfpack Run Themselves Out Of Win

The Wolfpack dropped their second and final game with the Dukes on Thursday night, losing by a score of 4-2.

Cory Lawson got the start on the mound for the Pack and pitched well enough to win. He held the Dukes to three runs over six solid innings and left it up to the offense, but they weren’t able to give Cory the support he needed to earn his first career victory as a member of the Wolfpack.

The bats were able to find holes all night, as the Pack out hit the Dukes twelve to ten, but abysmal baserunning mistakes all night cost them their scoring chances, and ultimately led to the loss.

Fraser Armstrong continued his strong month at the plate with two more hits, and Trent Lawson looks to be regaining his early season form with three hits of his own. Ray Tamayo also contributed two hits, and Matt Zanutto had a solid day at the plate going 1-1 with a triple and two walks.

The Wolfpack play two games against the second place Diamondbacks on Saturday morning before they host the FMBA Home Run Derby starting at 3pm.

Williams Shines On Mound And At Plate, Pack Back In Win Column

The Wolfpack halted a thre game slide on Monday night by beating the Dukes 10-4.

They sent Cam Williams (2-1) to the mound in this one and Williams responded by throwing a complete game and lowering his season ERA to a solid 3.00 in the process. The victory brought the Wolfpack’s record up to 10-6 and put them back into third place over the Longhorns.

Aside from throwing a complete game victory, Williams also pitched in offensively with his first career four-hit game for the Wolfpack. He went four for four with two singles, two doubles, and two runs scored to lead the offense in a ten run barrage. Brandon Billesberger also hit his team leading sixth home run of the season (third in leage play) and continues to be on an absolute rampage at the dish through the month of July. Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, this was likely Brandon’s last game in 2019 as he heads down to the USA for a Phillies showcase before returning to school following the conclusion of this game. Fraser Armstrong also had multiple hits, collecting two triples and knocking in a team leading four RBI.

It was good to see the Pack get back to their offensive ways and punishing the baseball again, they will be back in action Thursday night for the second and final game of their season series with the Dukes.