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Going To Wark

St. Albert’s Jackson Wark has always dreamed about playing college baseball.

And while he may be one of the top-ranked draft-eligible players from Canada, right now he’s focused on bringing success to his Saint Louis University Billikens.

We chatted with him for a recent episode of Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast and here’s that exchange.

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Aussies in Alberta

Baseball’s popularity across the world is rising. With players from all over the world getting an opportunity to play in the MLB, it comes as no surprise that some of that talent is finding its way to the Western Major Baseball League.

In particular, two Australians called Alberta their home for the summer. Edmonton’s Michael Gahan and Lethbridge’s Lachlan Mayo made names for themselves in different ways over the past couple of years in our province.

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Scouting Alberta

Just about a year into its existence, the Alberta bureau of Prep Baseball Report is making strides in building up a “robust profile” on some of the province’s young baseball talent.

Former Lethbridge Bulls pitcher Andrew Maclean sat down with us to talk about what he’s looking for, what he’s seeing and what we should be seeing out of the baseball scene in Alberta over the next few years.

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Oulton Hears a Hoo

Alberta baseball fans may recognize left-handed pitcher Taran Oulton from his work on the mound for the Edmonton Prospects of the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL), but the 21-year-old has been a stabilizing force for the William Woods University (WWU) Owls this season. 

The Owls – who play out of Fulton, Missouri in the American Midwest Conference – have an overall record of 21-11 on the year, including a 10-3 showing in the conference, good for second place. 

For his part, Oulton has collected five wins over eight starts. The 6-foot tall junior has not pitched less than six innings during any one outing, and he has yet to yield more than two earned runs on game days. Over 55 innings, Oulton has struck out 50 batters while walking 15 hitters. He has also surrendered 56 hits, but just one of them for a home run

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