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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 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 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.

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.

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.