Hart of a Champion

As Eric Hartman roams centre field at the Rogers Centre this week at the Canadian Futures Showcase, he’s continuing a family legacy started four years ago by his older brother Max.

The St. Albert Minor Baseball Association and Dawgs Academy product is coming off helping the Okotoks Dawgs win their seventh WCBL championship, and is looking forward to joining his sibling at Washington State University in 2024.

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Macdonald Showcases Versatility

He can switch-hit and play multiple positions, including pitcher.

Webber Academy Wildcats utilityman Matt Macdonald captured plenty of attention suiting up for Team New Blue at the Canadian Futures Showcase.

Canadian Baseball Network’s Trevor Fitzpatrick caught up with the versatile Wildcat.

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Let’s Getz Ready to Rumble

Not one to shy away from a new opportunity to try something different, Brett Getz is excited about the opportunity to play in his second Canadian Futures Showcase.

The Medicine Hat native and Vauxhall Academy of Baseball product is working his way up to play on another big stage: college baseball with Sacramento State after he finished high school.

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Summer of Bronze

Cydnie Moore must be looking forward to her next trip to the Maritimes to play baseball.

The Calgary product spent the summer winning bronze as a player at the Open Women’s National Championship in Nova Scotia and as a coach at the 16U Girls National Championship in Prince Edward Island.

They are experiences she hopes will help her inspire the next generation of baseball players in Alberta.

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The Ambidextrous Ace

Opposing batters look at him like he’s from another planet, but for Nathan Van Lagen, it feels completely normal.

The 16-year-old has an arsenal that only eight players have had in the history of Major League Baseball: the ability to throw a baseball hard with either hand.

The ambidextrous hurler showed off his skills with Neutral Hills Academy at the Baseball Alberta Elite League provincial playoffs this summer.

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Bronze Medal Rally

It was a rollercoaster ride for Team Alberta at the Baseball Canada Women’s Nationals in Nova Scotia.

After going 1-2 in the round-robin, they outlasted Saskatchewan and lost to Quebec before claiming bronze in an exciting 5-4 win over the hosts.

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The Greatest Teammates

They are the unsung heroes of baseball in our communities.

Year after year, volunteers step up to the plate to help make sure each season goes off without a hitch by becoming off-field managers, program coordinators, coaches, and scorekeepers, among other needed roles.

Baseball Alberta is hoping to give as many as they can the recognition they deserve through a new “Volunteer Spotlight” series.

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If You Rebuild It

Trevor Larocque cherishes the memories he made with his father at the Louis Bull Tribe ball diamonds.

He remembers the joyous atmosphere with fans in the stands cheering on local athletes at games and tournaments.

However, after years of neglect, Larocque has spearheaded a movement to bring the park back to life, and is getting help through the Jays Care Foundation.

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The Second Debut

After more than 1,000 days away from a Major League Baseball mound, Michael Soroka made his return with the Atlanta Braves.

Enduring a battle with injuries, the Calgary product went six innings, allowing four runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

More importantly, he was able to walk off the field on his own accord.

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