As a member of the Swift Current 57’s, Adam Golby was a Western Canadian Baseball League All-Star.
The 6-foot tall, 190-pound starting pitcher was phenomenal in the WCBL last summer, going 3-2 with a 3.96 earned run average (ERA) and 45 strikeouts over nine regular season starts and 50 innings with Swift Current.
The lefty from Coronation, Alberta made one postseason start for the 57’s and was unfortunate to lose that game against Moose Jaw after surrendering just one earned run and striking out seven batters through six frames.
Golby also logged time as a hitter in 2022, batting .290 in 31 at bats, while scoring nine runs for Swift Current.
After putting in mound work for Indian Hills Community College in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC), the southpaw is back in the East Division of the WCBL, but he’s on a different ball club. Golby has traded in his green jersey in Swift Current for the red serge of the Medicine Hat Mavericks.
He’s already squared off against his former teammates in Swift Current, and Golby discussed that and more in this edition of our “1 Thru 9” series:
1. Tell us about your first start for the Mavericks at Athletic Park, which came against your old team, the Swift Current 57’s. You pitched six innings, gave up two earned runs and fired five strikeouts during that 4-3 win for Medicine Hat. What were the emotions like before that game?
It wasn’t too bad. At the start I was kind of a little worried about it for some reason, but I kind of settled in okay.
2. Did you set any goals for yourself heading into the WCBL season?
Just get better, I guess. I’m not too worried about stats and all that kind of stuff, just trying to become better and help the team win.
I just want to stay healthy for the fall and just trying to be the same guy every time I go out there.
3. During your 2022-23 season with Indian Hills Community College, you went 4-3 with 38 Ks and a 6.42 ERA in 33.2 innings. How would you rate your performance with the Warriors?
It wasn’t too bad. The start was good and then towards the end there, I wasn’t quite as good, but I wasn’t too happy with it, honestly … sometimes you’re just not quite as good and you try to be good every time.
4. You have been a two-way player, but you are more focused on pitching now. What made you decide to go the pitching route and was it an adjustment changing your focus?
I got to school and my coach just said that’s what people want, is a left-handed pitcher. They can find a bat anywhere, just trust me and be a pitcher.
I kind of had a feeling after last year, last summer, because I didn’t really hit. I practiced hitting but there were not many in-game at bats. You get used to it pretty quick.
5. Take us back a little bit, growing up in Coronation what was the baseball scene like and what got you into the game in the first place?
I think I was just always playing sports. It wasn’t always baseball, probably more hockey, honestly, and then just played on the local teams. Just always having fun and then I wanted to take it to a better level.
Then I went to Camrose and played Triple-A and then the East Central Bulls had a team there, then they changed to the Wranglers, so I played there and then went down to Badlands (Baseball Academy in Oyen).
6. Was there a point where you realized it might be more than just a fun game and something that you could make a go of at the college level?
I think ever since I was little I wanted to play a higher level sport.
7. Let’s move on to a few rapid-fire questions. You’re coming out of the bullpen and you get to pick your own entrance music, what’s your tune?
Probably Hells Bells.
8. What is the best baseball advice you’ve ever received?
Play the game for the right reason.
9. Final question for you: what does the game of baseball mean to you?
Everything. It’s kind of shaped my life so far.