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DeLand of Opportunity

There’s a difference between being a thrower and being a pitcher in baseball.

Dawgs Academy product Simon Lusignan admits he was more of a thrower when he arrived in Okotoks a couple of years ago.

But since then, he has improved dramatically, with a few opportunities to pitch on bigger stages.

2021 might be his year, as he is a highly-ranked Canadian prospect for the MLB Draft, while he is also committed to Stetson University.

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Hill of Tara

“I really still feel that baseball is just such a huge part of my heart and my life.”

Fort Saskatchewan’s Tara Sliwkanich might not be playing baseball right now, but she still feels it has shaped who she is.

The former Baseball Alberta and Baseball Canada star pitcher joined us in a recent episode of Alberta Dugout Stories: The Podcast to talk about her days of playing and the lessons she has taken to her new career.

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Three’s Company

They all say it took them by surprise and that it was also an honour.

Baseball Canada quietly unveiled its four major award winners recently and three of them went to Alberta products.

We chatted with Kelsey Lalor, Ellie Jespersen and Nicole Luchanski about what it meant to them to be recognized for their contributions to the game.

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North Star Smith

Dawgs Academy grad LaRon Smith is chomping at the bit to get going.

After being chosen in the 25th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by Minnesota, he has been dealing with a transition to catching as well as injuries.

He’s putting it all behind him heading into the Twins’ 2020 Spring Training.

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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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