Running of the Bulls

“Definitely the best birthday I’ve ever had.”

Bryce Oriold-Fraser turned 23 on the night his Lethbridge Bulls clinched the Western Canadian Baseball League championship. He was also named the WCBL Playoff MVP after two great appearances on the mound.

We take a look back at the Bulls’ journey to the final and the aftermath of winning it all.

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No Flocking Way

Not everyone was able to comprehend what transpired at Pogadl Park in Sylvan Lake on August 15th.

Even some of the players weren’t aware that Evan Wilde, Brett Higgins and Zane Pollen had combined to throw a no-hitter in a 9-0 win over the Lethbridge Bulls.

It was the first no-hitter in the WCBL since 2019, but also had some mystery for many in attendance.

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3 UP, 3 DOWN WITH LEVI ABBOTT

If you’re scanning the strikeout leaderboard for Levi Abbott’s name, check at the top before working your way down.

The 6-foot-3, right-handed pitcher for the Lethbridge Bulls leads the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) in Ks, with 66, through his first 43.2 innings of work this summer and his other statistics have not suffered during his eight appearances.

We caught up with Abbott to pick his brain on the summer he’s having in the WCBL for a segment we like to call 3 UP, 3 DOWN.

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2021 MLB Draft Review

A total of 17 Canadians were chosen in the 2021 MLB Draft.

While none hailed from Alberta, several trained here or have connections to this province.

We run down those connections and highlight some of their accomplishments.

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3 UP, 3 DOWN WITH NOAH OR

Catcher Noah Or is like your favourite playlist right now … he’s offering up all the hits.

Through nine games in the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL), the Richmond, British Columbia native is leading the pack in batting average (.486), and on-base percentage (.568). His 15 runs, 17 hits and nine runs batted in (RBI) are also near the top of the leaderboard.

Get to know Or a bit better in our latest edition of THREE UP, THREE DOWN …

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