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7th Inning Stretch: Taran Oulton

No matter where he pitches – or how he’s throwing – you can always count on Taran Oulton to log a lot of innings.

The Calgary-born lefty, who trained at Prospects Academy in St. Albert, recently wrapped up his senior year at William Woods University (WWU), where he set a new school record for complete games in a season.

Since returning to the Edmonton Prospects of the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) for yet another summer season, Oulton has remained busy.

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Edmonton Prospects Season Preview

It’s hard to tell if the Edmonton Prospects have been regular-season underachievers or playoff overachievers the last few years.

The Prospects were a .500 team in the regular season from 2016 to 2018, and they appeared in the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) finals in back-to-back years in that time. Last summer they upset the Okotoks Dawgs before the Medicine Hat Mavericks ended their playoff run.

They seem to get hot at a good time of year, but their inconsistent campaigns leave fans wanting more.

Which version of the Prospects will show up in 2019? Can a new coaching staff bring regular-season success to the club? These are just a couple of questions facing the team heading into the season.

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From Student To Teacher

It was a long road from the initial concept of the Edmonton Collegiate Trappers to actually becoming a franchise in the Canadian College Baseball Conference.

From folding to being a probationary team to finally taking part in real games in 2019, Ty Wagar was there every step of the way.

The senior reflected on his time with the Trappers in Episode #29 of Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast and here is that Q&A.

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Mom’s The Word

Taylor Burns is a baseball coach and strength & conditioning coach who has impacted the lives of countless athletes in Alberta.

He is the owner and founder of Absolute Human Performance (AHP), a training facility in Edmonton.

Taylor was kind enough to write this story for us to help us celebrate all the amazing moms out there on this Mother’s Day. We thank him for his contribution – both here and in the sporting world – and we offer a big thanks to all the mothers who give us so much, so frequently.

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Alberta Dugout Digest – May 7th Edition

It’s the final countdown!

This is our last edition of Alberta Dugout Digest, our weekly analysis of baseball players from the province who are crushing it at post-secondary institutions south of the border. 

With regular season play mostly wrapped up and championship tournaments in full swing, we are preparing for the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) season to start up at the end of the month while we keep an eye on postseason action in the United States. 

But before we get to that, here’s a look at our leader board

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