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!