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Eye of the Tiger

Cole MacLaren admits he didn’t know if his baseball career was going to continue after he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh.

But during his brother’s high school graduation, the Dawgs Academy grad got a phone call that changed his life.

And this summer, MacLaren made his professional debut with the Detroit Tigers organization as undrafted free agent.

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Trojan Horses

Weather-tested and tough – that’s what makes Alberta baseball players such attractive recruits south of the border.¬†And no American school added more of them for the 2019 season than the Colby Community College Trojans.

Nearly half of the Trojans’ 30-man roster includes players who are originally from Alberta or those who trained here.

It’s a team where Okotoks Dawgs and Vauxhall Jets quickly shed their rivalries, and an Edmonton Prospect slugger needs to have a short memory about losing in the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL) playoffs to the Medicine Hat Mavericks last summer.

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1 Thru 9: Matt Coutney

After putting in a strong campaign for the Colby Community College Trojans this year, Matt Coutney is doing everything he can to keep the Edmonton Prospects in the playoff hunt in 2018.

The Wetaskiwin-born infielder, who played for Canada’s Junior National Team last year, played 52 games for the Trojans, recording 12 home runs, 54 RBI, 60 runs and a .431 batting average in his freshman season. He also won a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Gold Glove for his excellent defensive play and the third baseman was named Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) Freshman of the Year.

The 6-foot-1, left-handed hitter was kind enough to answer some questions for us. See what he had to say for our ongoing “1 Thru 9” series.

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