Senior Nationals was played this past weekend in Medicine Hat and the FMBA was well represented. There were 8 players on the plus 35 National Championship team. Brent Cooper, Justin Bryant from the Diamondbacks, Jade Alberts, Craig Joyce from the Longhorns, Pat Shippit, Sean Maguire (Coach), and Neil Robertson from the Wolfpack, and Shane Black and Steve Clark from the Cardinals. The team hit 4 home runs in the tourney and all were by FMBA players. Brent Cooper mashed a 400ft-plus shot to dead center, Jade Alberts hit a Grand Slam and Craig Joyce launched 2. The rest of the players were from the Sunburst; the team meshed quickly and cleaned house at the tourney.
From Calgary Giants:
The Calgary Giants were proud to be one of the two FMBA franchises represented in what was a great weekend of baseball in Innisfail for the 2016 AA Provincial Championships. The Giants brought 16 guys north for the tournament which featured the Cold Lake Cardinals, Innisfail Indians, Calgary Cardinals and the Giants. Through the round robin, it was the Giants and Calgary Cardinals earning berths in the finals, creating an All-FMBA provincial championship game and showing the strength and depth of talent present within the FMBA. The Giants came out on top with a 5-0 win on Mondays final through a great effort on the hill from Steven Latos, three home runs and some solid defence. The Giants bats created offence all tournament long, but the story for the G-men was the efforts of starting pitchers Desmond Sullivan, Drew Calanchie, Matt Bannister and Steven Latos, who all threw complete games and allowed only five earned runs through the 4 games. We’d also like to thank the Innisfail Indians for hosting, and look forward to the Western Canadian Championships in Cold Lake in a few weeks.
From the Wolfpack:
No matter what league or level you play baseball at there are certain things in the game that are magical. The perfect game might be the most magical of them all. It was a great pleasure to be a part of Curtis Smith’s perfect game last night! Smitty dominated from start to finish against the Cardinals, a top FMBA team in itself. The Wolfpack was in a bit of disarray going into the game, but after seeing 11 strikeouts and an even amount of ground balls & fly balls we left feeling pretty good. It was a Perfect night in FMBA history, Hats off to #27 Curtis Smith!
From the Diamondbacks:
The BackPacks pulled together an impressive squad for the Canada Day long weekend in Kelowna. Players were sent by the Cardinals, Dukes, Wolfpack and Diamondbacks creating an outfield known as “Shark Week”, an infield which turned double plays into butter and a pitching staff that used 4 pitchers over 5 games – 3 of which went to extra innings and as a whole went undefeated 5-0.
The FMBA is a Men’s baseball league. Players must be 18+.
For any new players interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season, complete the on-line Sign-Up form. Your information will be given to all team managers.
Each team sets its own team fees.
We have an upcoming manager meeting where League commitment fees will be due. We hope to see everyone there.
Date: Saturday, April 22
Place: Axiom Mortgage Solutions (223 – 14th St SW)
Time: 1:00 PM
From Calgary Longhorns:
It’s with great sadness that I announce the passing of Wayne Leitch. Wayne was a original Longhorn and instrumental in starting the team in 1993. Not only was he one of the best players to ever play in the FMBA, he was a outstanding teammate and friend. He brought is college mentality to every game, and when you needed a big hit you wanted Wayne at the plate. His drag bunts were always perfect and no one could delay steal like Wayne. He always thought about other people first and was the most unselfish person I knew. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten. Number 4 will live on forever. I speak for everyone when I say THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND, TEAMMATE, WE LOVE YOU. Rest in Peace my friend.