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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Dawgs Host OSU Beavers Fall Camp

The Okotoks Dawgs Academy has announced a “monumental partnership” with Oregon State University (OSU) that will see the Beavers travel to southern Alberta for a fall training camp at the Seaman Stadium complex.

The Beavers have an accomplished National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I baseball program that won 2006, 2007 and 2018  College World Series titles. OSU has made a total of seven College World Series appearances and claimed 26 conference championships.

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Ballpark Blitz

Alberta baseball fans packed the park during the summer of 2023, smashing attendance records along the way.

Ballpark Digest has the receipts, which show the Okotoks Dawgs having the third-highest attendance across all summer collegiate leagues and teams.

We take a look at all the numbers and how each Alberta market fared.

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Palmegiani Rises Up Jays’ Ranks

Coming off a strong 2022 season split between two minor league affiliates, Damiano Palmegiani was determined to continue moving up the Toronto Blue Jays’ minor league depth charts.

The Vauxhall Academy of Baseball product is doing that with another strong season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fishercats.

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Funderstruck

A two-way star with the Okotoks Dawgs and Edmonton Prospects has made his Major League Baseball debut in stellar fashion.

2017 Western Major Baseball League MVP Kody Funderburk pitched two perfect innings – including three strikeouts – with the Minnesota Twins on August 28.

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Crowded House

Attendance in the Western Canadian Baseball League reached record-breaking levels this summer.

The WCBL cracked the 300,000 mark for the first time for its regular-season games, with 305,425 fans showing up to 275 games in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2023.

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All Halen the King

Coming off a fantastic 2022 season, it was hard to believe that Halen Knoll would be able to find a way to beat it.

Instead, the 23-year-old Edmonton product thrived with the hometown Riverhawks, winning the West Coast League’s Pitcher of the Year Award.

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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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Seventh Heaven

The Big Red Machine rolls along.

This Okotoks Dawgs team requires maintenance, but its parts are interchangeable and it’s frequently firing on all cylinders.

If the 2022 edition of the Dawgs was the best the club has to offer – as evidenced by a record 43-win regular season and a dominant playoff run – this year’s team has established the franchise as a well-oiled machine …

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