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7th Inning Stretch: Dryden Howse

Dryden Howse and his Dawgs Academy teammates from Okotoks are having quite the year. 

After winning the 18U BCS National Championship in July and being a part of Perfect Game’s third best travel team in North America, Howse has reunited with several of his Dawgs colleagues at the Tournament 12 (T12) in Toronto. 

The Sept. 17-21 showcase event at Rogers Centre, hosted by Blue Jays Baseball Academy, features 150 of the best 14-19 year old baseball prospects that Canada has to offer. 

Howse was kind enough to make time for us and answer seven questions as part of our 7th Inning Stretch profile series.

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The Out of Towner

It’s not easy for young athletes to move away from home to follow their sports dreams.

Manitoba’s Ryan Humeniuk knew that if he wanted to play baseball, he’d have to do just that.

He packed up his things and came to Dawgs Academy, which set the stage for a long journey in baseball that continues today at the University of Louisiana Monroe.

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Framing Up in Florida

Ayden Makarus wanted to be a goalie in hockey.

But his father made him a deal that if he played baseball, he could be a catcher.

Now the Airdrie, Alberta native is taking his game to a whole new level with Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team at Spring Training in Florida.

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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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1 Thru 9: St. Joseph Baseball Academy

Opening day took on new meaning for some central Alberta students during this school year. That’s because newly opened St. Joseph High School in Red Deer began accepting baseball and softball academy students for the first time last fall.

It was a welcome addition to the school and the community for Jason Chatwood, who is the lead instructor of the academy. 

Chatwood made time for Alberta Dugout Stories recently to discuss the freshly-minted program, as part of our “1 Thru 9” series focusing on Alberta baseball academies.

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