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Wolfpack Drop To 9-4 With Loss To Giants

The Wolfpack made it exciting late, but couldn’t come out on top Wednesday night and dropped their third straight game in league play. After roaring to a 9-1 start, they’ve stumbled lately trying to get that elusive tenth win.

The bats and, uncharacteristaclly, the defense were sound in this one, the only error that was committed in the field did ultimately lead to a big fourth inning for the Giants, but by no means did it cost the Wolfpack this game. If there is to be any concensus on where the Pack fell flat on Wednesday night, it was with timely hitting. As a team they went 2-14 (.143) with RISP, and the utter lack of clutch at the plate cost them this game.

The Wolfpack are back in action July 6th for a doubleheader against the Guns as they attempt to cross the threshold of double digit wins for the sixth consecutive year.

Wolfpack Impress In St. Albert Tigers Tournament, Lose Final To Sherwood Park

The Wolfpack spent last weekend competing in the St. Albert Tigers Invitational and made a strong impression on the rest of the provincial baseball community that was in attendance.

While they were missing a majority of their regular roster, they were able to make a few key pick ups that weekend and played some of the best baseball they had put together all season. The bats were hot, they had the power stroke going, blasting five home runs in five games, and the pitching was solid all-around when it was fresh.

Weekend highlights included Cam Williams hitting a tape-measure home run that still hasn’t landed during Game 2 on Saturday before tacking on his second shot of the weekend during the Championship game Sunday night. Curtis Smith struck out eleven and held the Sunburst League leading Confederation Cubs to two runs before the Pack offense came alive late to secure a walk-off victory to open the tournament, and Trent Lawson also ripped his team leading and career high fourth bomb of the season.

After going undefeated and cruising into the final as the #1 seed in the tournament, the Wolfpack simply ran out of fresh arms and fell to one of the best hitting teams in the province in the Sherwood Park A’s. The championship was their third game of the day and the fatigue showed as they committed six errors in the final game before losing 15-5 through five innings and starting their long drive home around 9:30PM Sunday night.

Despite not taking the championship, this will certainly go down as a bright spot in the 2019 season for the Pack. A depleted roster was able to defeat every AAA Sunburst team that they played on the weekend, and by doing so proved that they are one of the top Senior Men’s teams in the province.

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.

Defense Shines As Wolfpack Hand Diamondbacks First Loss

The Wolfpack improved to 7-3 on the season with a 6-0 shutout of the first place Diamondbacks on Monday night. The Pack was able to rise to the occasion after a defensively sloppy doubleheader loss to the Dinos on the weekend and put together a flawless defensive performance against one of the best teams in the league. This marks the first game in 2019 in which they’ve recorded no errors.

Curtis Smith (3-0) spun seven innings in a complete game shutout of the second highest scoring team in the league. He struck out eleven batters while scattering four hits and walking two. This was his second consecutive complete game shutout and he grew his league leading strikeout total to thirty-nine through twenty and one third innings pitched.

Most of the offensive highlights took place in the first or second inning in this game, as Michael Goldade singled to get on base in front of the scorching hot Trent Lawson, who deposited the first pitch he saw over the left field fence for a two-run shot, his second of the season. That would ultimately be all the Pack needed to win the game, but Ray Tamayo felt he had to keep pace with Lawson, and followed suit by launching his own two-run shot to left field on a first pitch fastball. Both players are now tied for the team lead in home runs with two each. After a Lawson sacrifice fly, the two players would combine to knock in five of the Pack’s six runs in the contest.

The Wolfpack have a small break before there next series at 3pm and 6pm against the Twins on June 16th.

Offense Continues To Roll, Wolfpack Hammer Giants 19-5

The Wolfpack improved to 6-1 on the season with a blowout win over the Giants on Wednesday night. The game was closer than the final score let on, as the Pack held only a one run lead going into the fourth inning before exploding for ten runs and really putting this one out of reach.

Cam Williams (1-0) earned his first career win on the mound by spinning a three inning start and was able to hold back the onslaught of seeing-eye singles and soft contact base hits long enough to give the Wolfpack offense a chance to blow the game open for him. He pounded the strikezone and induced soft contact all around the field which led to some quick innings and kept the Wolfpack defense engaged. They responded by turning in their lowest error total of the season, only making two. This marks the first time in 2019 they’ve committed less than three errors.

Trent Lawson continues to be the offensive story in the early going for the Pack, as he turned in a perfect day at the plate, giong 3-3 with three RBI and four runs scored. He now sits atop the league in .OPS, batting average, and RBI’s. Some regression is obviously coming eventually, but for now it looks like the entire league is struggling to get him out.

Cam Williams also pitched in a couple hits of his own, and Shaun Connor tacked on five RBI, three of which came on a bases clearing double in the first inning to help the Pack take an early 4-0 lead.

Cory Lawson, younger brother of red-hot shortstop Trent Lawson, made his first career pitching appearance for the Wolfpack in the final inning of this game and closed the book on this game by allowing a single, inducing a ground ball double play, and striking out the Giants lead off hitter. The Wolfpack brass loved what they saw, and are extremely excited to have another quality arm trying the Curly W on and hope they will get to see a lot more of him in the future.

The Wolfpack are scheduled to take on the FMBA newcomer Dinos on Saturday June 8th at 3pm and 6pm.

Wolfpack Lose Game 2 Despite Late Rally

The Wolfpack took their first loss of the year at the hands of the Longhorns with a huge helping hand from the umpires in Game 2 of their doublehader Sunday. Pierre botched every call he could on the bases in this game and it ended up costing the Wolfpack too many runs for their offense to overcome.

The Wolfpack bats took a few innings to wake up, as they were shutout through three innings and staring at a 7-0 deficit heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but they were able to put up eight runs in the fourth, led by Fraser Armstrong’s first bomb of the season, to roar back and take an 8-7 lead.

Christian Lapointe (2-1) put up a zero on the scoreboard in the fifth to keep the Pack in front, but they weren’t able to add to their lead and still onl held a fragile one run lead going into the sixth inning. Lapointe gave up two singles and a walk to lead of fhe inning and loaded the bases before Matt Zanutto came in to try to close the door, but the first batter doubled to score two runs and give the Longhorns back the lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Wolfpack look to Wednesday to get back to their wining ways as they take on the Giants in a mid-week tilt. First pitch will be at 6:30PM.

Pitching and Offense Make Quick Work of Longhorns

The Wolfpack breezed through their first game of a two game set with the Longhorns on Sunday afternoon, winning by a score of 10-0 to improve to 5-0 in league play, 8-0 overall.

Curtis Smith (3-0) took the mound for his second FMBA start of the season and held the Longhorn bats in check most of the game. He spun a complete game shutout and struck out twelve while allowing only one walk and three hits, two of which came in the bottom of the seventh as he began to tire. He lowered his overall season ERA to 0.69 with the outing (1.05 in FMBA play).

Trent Lawson’s breakout season continued as he led the Wolfpack offense by going three for four at the plate while playing through an injured shoulder to fill a hole at shortstop for his teammates. He drove in four of the Wolfpack’s ten runs in the game and leads the team in RBI with eight through only two games played. He will take an absurd .778 batting average into game two of the doubleheader.

Axel Christoffersen and Roly Diaz both chipped in multiple hits of their own, and Christoffersen did his best to keep pace with Lawson’s four RBI as he finished the game with three of his own following a bases loaded triple in the third inning.

With each subsequent game the Wolfpack are proving to the rest of the league that they have the deepest and most dangerous offensive lineup. However the defense continues to be a struggle, the Pack committed three more errors in this game and have yet to finish a regular season game with two errors or less. They now lead the FMBA in errors and have played the second fewest games.

Tamayo Crushes First Career Homer As Pack Take Down Sox

The Wolfpack took the win by a score of 12-6 Wednesday night against the White Sox to improve to 4-0 in league play and 7-0 overall on the young season. The offense got rolling early and the bats were hot all night,  all but one member of the Wolfpack lineup recorded hits in the contest.

Wolfpack rookie Ray Tamayo smacked his first career homer to left field in the second inning in his fifth career plate appearance wearing the Curly W. “Razor” Ray Tamayo followed that up with a double in his next plate appearance and would go on to lead the Pack in RBI on the night. Tamayo’s bat looks to have lengthened what was already a formidable lineup for the Wolfpack, and with some key players currently on the mend with injuries, it remains to be seen what kind of product a fully healthy Wolfpack can put on the field on a given day.

Christian Lapointe (2-0) recorded his second win of the season as the first reliever to follow opener Trent Lawson who left the game with a 4-3 lead. Although Lapointe struggled with his command allowing two walks and a hit by pitch in his two innings of work, he was able to limit the damage on the scoreboard and pitch himself out of heavy traffic on the bases for the second time this season.

Neil Robertson followed Lapointe in what was his first appearance of the 2019 season and pounded the strikezone for one inning of relief throwing 14 of his 20 pitches for strikes, included first pitch strikes to 5 of the 6 batters he faced. After an offseason incident with a microwave (details of which are still unavailable) it is good to see Robertson healthy and back to being an effective reliver for the Pack.

Matt Zanutto came in out of the bullpen for his first appearance as a pitcher for the Wolfpack and was equally as effective as he slammed the door for a two inning save. He threw 20 of 27 piches for strikes including first pitch strikes to 5 out of 8 batters faced and looked like another strong pitching option the Pack will be able to lean on as the season progresses.

The Wolfpack are playing solid baseball in all facets of the game but one, their defense has been ugly. They’ve already committed twelve errors through only four regular season games. If the champsionship aspirations are going to come to fruition, the Wolfpack will have to find a way to clean up the defense and average fewer than three errors per game as the pitching and defense will not always be able to bail the defense out, especially in the playoffs.

The Wolfpack are back in action for a 3pm/6pm doubleheader on Sunday June 2nd against the Longhorns. Wolfpack ace Curtis Smith is listed as the probable starter for Game 1.

Wolfpack Take John Golonowski Memorial Tournament

The Wolfpack took a short roster up to Westlock, Alberta May 25th and 26th to compete in the John Golonowski Memorial Tournament hosted by the Westlock Red Lions of the NCABL.

Thanks to the help of non-roster invites Duncan Elgert, Anthony Grouette, Jordan Wong, and Dan Chappel, the Wolfpack were able to field a competitive team and won the tournament in decsive fashion, allowing only a single run (unearned) through three games.

Overall, the tournament was a fun way to get some early season reps and extra at-bats before the FMBA season really starts firing on all cylinders. Highlights included Sean Maguire coming out of retirement to throw five shutout innings against the Red Deer Razorbacks in Game 1 of the tournament and logging his first win in a Wolfpack uniform since May 6th of 2018; Jordan Wong hitting a towering home run to right field in Game 2 against the host Red Lions; and Dirk Dembroski throwing a complete game shutout to wrap up the third and final win of the tournament on Sunday morning against the St. Albert Cardinals.

The Wolfpack are back in action Wednesday May 29th as they resume FMBA play against the White Sox at FMBA Field as they look to continue their hot start to the year and extend their current wining streak to seven games.