Twin Will

It hasn’t been an easy road in life for Willy Diaz.

Moving to Edmonton from the Dominican Republic with his mother in search for a better life, there were no guarantees that he would find a career in baseball.

But after suiting up with Prairie Baseball Academy and garnering the attention of the right people, the young infielder has his sights set on the pros after signing with the Minnesota Twins.

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Little House on the Prairie

The Prairie Baseball Academy (PBA) in Lethbridge celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and the school is marking the occasion with the introduction of its own Hall of Fame. 

The first class honours a half dozen PBA pioneers, including coach Blair Kubicek; the late Keith Jorgensen; former president Rick Paskal; founder Doug Jones; major donor Larry Nolan; and Dustin Molleken, the first PBA player to pitch in Major League Baseball.

We caught up with Kubicek – or “Kubie” as he’s affectionately known by his players and colleagues – to discuss his lengthy history with the academy, which dates back to 1995.

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Borman’s Bomb

It is every baseball player’s dream.

Stepping into the batter’s box in the bottom of the final inning and a chance to win it all with one swing of the bat.

Camrose baseball product Dylan Borman provided his own heroics for the University of Arkansas at Monticello earlier this spring and talked to Alberta Dugout Stories about it.

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Case Closed

The announcement took more than a few people by surprise.

After three games with the New Hampshire Fishercats this spring, it was announced Andrew Case was retiring.

As we found out, the former Prospects Academy and Prairie Baseball Academy product made a lasting impression here in Alberta.

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The Grande Gator

Escaping the Great White North for the sunny south of Florida, Grande Prairie’s Lars Davis is making a name for himself once again.

Once a highly-touted Canadian baseball prospect and taken in the third round by Colorado, Davis is hoping to help Florida State repeat as College World Series champions in his third season as volunteer assistant coach.

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