Mourning an Umpiring Great

Alberta’s baseball community is mourning the loss of one of the sport’s best umpires.

Mitch Ball – a beloved family man and a highly-respected ump in the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) – passed away Saturday morning at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, due to COVID-19 complications.

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Connor the Cavalier

There’s only one Okotoks Dawgs and Dawgs Academy team left for Connor Crowson to play on.

That’s the Western Canadian Baseball League Dawgs.

The Okotoks slugger has progressed through every team the Academy has to offer and is now knocking on the college team’s door after committing to Bossier Parish Community Collge.

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Bennett the Bison

Bennett Freiter’s long drive home to see family is about to be cut in half.

The St. Andrews, Manitoba native has become accustomed to the 1,350 kilometre trek between home and Okotoks while he has been rounding the bases with Dawgs Academy.

Starting in the fall of 2021, the catcher will see his commute distance hacked to 519 kilometres as he continues his education and baseball journeys at North Dakota State University.

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Close But No Soroka

Watching Calgary’s Mike Soroka succeed at the Major League Baseball level is somewhat bittersweet for Greg Morrison.

The Medicine Hat Mavericks owner and general manager might find himself asking “what if” when he thinks back on the summer of 2015.

Morrison had managed to convince Soroka to play for the Mavericks that summer, but it wasn’t meant to be as he was drafted in the first round of that summer’s MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

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Brunner Back Home

Being named the KJCCC Pitcher of the Week was just the cherry on top of the shortened season for Graham Brunner.

The Barton Community College Cougars star lefthander put together a gem of a season before the coronavirus pandemic abruptly halted the season.

We talked about that and more in this conversation from a recent episode of Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast.

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