The Edmonton Collegiate Baseball Club (ECBC) have finished their road trip to start their inaugural season with a 1W – 5L record. The team was scheduled to play 8 games but the doubleheader on Saturday April 6th was rained out. We did a “list of firsts” after the team’s opening weekend back on March 23/24 which of course included a win against the defending champions of the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC). The road trip included a bye week prior to finishing out against Vancouver Island University.

When it finally came to play on Sunday afternoon, and all the rust got knocked off during the first inning of action, the ECBC found themselves down 9-0. Jake Southwick, who came into the game in relief in the first inning, settled down and held Vancouver Island scoreless for three innings. The final score would be 10-0 but your ECBC would never stop fighting and that would become evident in the second game of the doubleheader.

The ECBC would score in each of the first four innings building a 7-0 lead in the rematch.

  • 1st inning – Halen Knoll RBI bases loaded walk
  • 2nd inning – Zach Yuzda RBI double
  • 3rd inning – Jayce Wilson RBI bases loaded walk, Anthony Owen 2-RBI double, Yuzda RBI single
  • 4th inning – Steven Rea RBI double

ECBC starting pitcher Mat Brisson held Vancouver Island off the scoreboard until a 2-out, 2-run HR in the bottom of the 5th inning. A grand slam in the bottom of the 6th inning ended Brisson’s night on the mound. By the time the 7th inning ended it was 14-7 in favour of Vancouver Island and all you could hope for was some more fight from your ECBC.

In the 8th inning we saw some of the grit and determination of Edmonton’s expansion team as with 2-out, Rea drew his 3rd walk of the game and Zeke Leuck drew his 2nd walk of the afternoon to load the bases. Playing “hero ball”, also known as swinging for the fences, would be so easy in this situation but Wilson stayed patient and earned himself his 2nd RBI walk of the evening. Owen collected his 3rd RBI with a single to close out the scoring at 14-9. The expression “learning how to win” comes to mind, these student athletes are learning the ropes.

Len Nunes | wincolumnsports.ca

ECBC’s inaugural home games are coming up starting on Saturday April 13th. Game one versus Thompson Rivers University (10W – 2L) goes at noon. A reminder that rules at RE/MAX Field are different for ECBC games than what you are used to. Outside food and drink is permitted as concessions, if any, will be very limited. Please be aware that nuts, sunflower seeds and alcohol are NOT permitted. Parking is free and all seating is general admission.

TEAM LEADERS:

  • Batting average: Mat Brisson .353, Anthony Owen .348 (8th and 9th in the league)
  • RBI: Steven Rea, Ty Wagar, Anthony Owen 3
  • Hits: Anthony Owen 8, Ty Wagar 7
  • Walks: Jayce Wilson 8, Rejean Bourjet 6 (T4th and T6th in the league)
  • Wins: Brett Higgens 1
  • Saves: Mat Brisson 1
  • ERA: Mat Brisson 2.70 (top 20 in league)
  • Strikeouts: Zeke Leuck 9

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ECBC Coming Home After Season Opening Road Trip
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