The Book on Jonah

Jonah Arseneau has been able to one-up his fellow Alberta baseball products.

In November, the Calgary Bucks pitcher and outfielder announced his commitment to Minot State University.

While many others have done the same in 2020, Arseneau also announced he would be playing for New Zealand’s 18U National Team as they try to get into the 2021 WBSC World Championships in Florida.

We talked about that and much more with Arseneau in a recent episode of Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast.

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State of Alberta’s Game 2019

There is no shortage of topics of discussion for baseball officials heading into 2020.

The game’s growth has been front and centre as we see more talent make their way to higher levels, but enrollment, training and coaching will also be on their radar.

We chatted with Baseball Alberta’s Darren Dekinder recently for his analysis of 2019 and what’s to come in the new year.

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7th Inning Stretch: Owen Steele

He was the Man of Steel on the cellar-dwelling Yorkton Cardinals last year, but now he’s one of several masters on the mound in Medicine Hat.

With the Cardinals in 2018, Owen Steele had a minuscule 1.46 earned run average (ERA) and 46 strikeouts through 49 innings of work for the 14-33 Eastern Division squad.

Since joining the defending Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) champion Mavericks this summer, the Calgarian has a perfect 6-0 record, 49 Ks and a 4.37 ERA in 59.2 frames. 

He’s been a reliable presence in Medicine Hat’s starting rotation and we caught up with the 5-foot-10 hurler to spotlight him in our 7th Inning Stretch series.

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Trap Game

Edmonton baseball fans have long hoped for a return of the Trappers to RE/MAX Field and now they finally have it.

No, not those Trappers – not the Triple-A team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) that served as a stepping stone for aspiring major leaguers from 1981 through 2004. 

The Edmonton Collegiate Trappers, an expansion franchise in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC), are making their league debut this season and head coach Ethan Elias couldn’t be more excited about bringing a new form of spring baseball to the provincial capital.

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All In The Family

Some might have found he deserved to be on everyone’s radar a lot sooner.

But with winning Baseball Alberta’s Midget AAA Player of the Year award, Calgary’s Ben Prediger is turning heads.

As it turns out, the family name is synonymous with sports.

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