FMBA Championship Preview

Diamondbacks (20-6) vs. Dukes (15-12)

Season Head to Head:
Diamondbacks won season series 2-0, Diamondbacks won 8-7 & 5-1

Playoff Leaders
Alex Bishop .500 Avg, 1.071 Slug%, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R
Nolan Handley .500 Avg, .750 Slug%, 8 H, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R
JP Willner, .417 Avg, .750 Slug%, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 R, 2 SB

Evan Gerwing .556 Avg, 1.111 Slug%, 4 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 6 R
Eric Buckley .611 Avg, .833 Slug%, 2 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI, 5 R, 1 SB
Cal Tecklenburg 3-0, 13.2 IP, 8 H, 16 Ks, 1.06 ERA

Preview: The FMBA Championship! Congratulations to both the Diamondbacks and Dukes on a couple of great seasons, and on making it to the ‘ship.

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FMBA Semi-Final Preview

Canadians (18-6) vs. Dukes (13-11)

Season Head to Head:
Canadians won season series 2-0, Canadians won 3-2 & 3-1

Playoff Leaders
Alex Tello .571 Avg, .714 Slug%. 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB
Ben Franz .571 Avg, 4H, 2 RBI, 1 R, 2 SB
Ethan Bromley 1-0, 7.0 IP, 2H, 5 Ks, 0.00 ERA

Evan Gerwing .857 Avg, 2.000 Slug%,2 2B, 2HR, 9 RBI, 5 R
Eric Buckley .714 Avg, .857 Slug%, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB
Cal Tecklenburg 1-0, 6.0 IP, 2H, 5Ks, 0.00 ERA

Preview: This matchup should be a good one. These teams met to open the season, and then played their second a few weeks ago. Both games were tight, low scoring affairs. 

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FMBA Playoffs Preview Quarterfinals

Canadians (16-6) vs. Longhorns (11-11)

Season Head to Head
Teams split season series, Canadians won 21-12, Longhorns won 7-3

2023 Leaders
Nathan Damiani .500 Avg, .712 Slug%, 2HRs, 13 RBI, 16 R
Alex Tello .440 Avg, .576 OBP%, 8 SBs, 15 RBI, 21 R
Ethan Bromley 4-0, 28.0 IP, 36 Ks, 1.00 ERA

Travis Gaudet .447 Avg, .776 Slug%, 3 HRs, 15RBI, 17 R
Aaron Pepin .444 Avg, .750 Slug%, 4 3Bs, 13 RBI, 12 R
Jaime Whitehead 5-1, 49.1 IP, 50 Ks, 2.70 ERA

Preview: This matchup features two of the better offenses in the league, and their two regular season matchups exemplified that.

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FMBA Players Heading to Senior Nationals

With Men’s Senior Nationals opening ceremonies starting today in Red Deer, AB, we wanted to recognize several FMBA players past and present who are lucky enough to participate in this year’s event Aug 24-27

Congratulations go out to (in no particular order):

Steven Latos (Giants), Evan Comeau (Diamondbacks), JP Willner (Diamondbacks), Jamie Mitchell (Diamondbacks) as well as former Diamondback Jaret Chatwood who will be playing with the host team Red Deer Riggers.

Meanwhile Alex Bishop (Diamondbacks), Alex Regan (Diamondbacks), Curtis Smith (Wolfpack), & Joe Sergent (Diamondbacks) will all suit up for the Sherwood Park Athletics, joining former Giants Kern Watts & Dayton Heino and former Diamondback Arron Dunsmore.

Good luck gentlemen and congratulations on representing your province!

FMBA 2023 Update

It has been a wild FMBA 2023 season thus far. And as we head into the stretch run to the playoffs, we will see the playoff picture become a bit more clear. Let’s take a quick look around the league.

The Canadians – finalists the past two seasons – started out strong and just continue to win games as they currently sit in first place at 10-2. About the only bad luck that has gone their way so far this summer is the weather, with 10 games coming up in the next month mainly being made up from earlier rainouts.

The champions of the past three seasons, the Diamondbacks, have seen a different roster than normal this season, in part because they also participated in the Alberta AAA Sunburst League. With them sitting in second place at 12-4, and their AAA season now complete, look for them to shift their focus to winning a fourth consecutive FMBA title.

Sitting in third place are the White Sox at 11-7. Their season to date has been a bit of Jekyll and Hyde as they have some impressive wins against all of the top teams in the league, but have also lost a few to some lower ranked squads. With only four games remaining, they will try to get hot and enter the playoffs on a roll.

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The FMBA is putting out a call to all of our FMBA membership, friends, and family members! A fundraiser has been organized for our good friend and long time FMBA member Trevor (Marv) Freeman. Marv has been a part of our league and family for decades and now faces a very tough battle with cancer that he has been fighting for the better part of this year with his young family.

100% of the proceeds of this raffle will be going to Trevor and his family to help them in their fight. A range of prizes have been donated to be raffled off to ticket buyers in a “draft style” raffle draw, where the first ticket drawn will get their pick of all the available prizes. The second ticket will then get second choice from all the available prizes and so on and so forth until all of the prizes have been claimed!

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