The Parkland Whitesox made ammends for missing the money round in the 2012 edition of the Grand Forks International by making the money round in 2014 and almost upsetting the #1 seed Thurston County Senators in their quarter-final game. The Sox would finish the weekend with a 1-3 record but would finish with the 3rd lowest runs against throughout the week as they played excellent defence and got great pitching along the way. The downfall for the Whitesox would be their bats as they remained silent, much like the rest of the year. Parkland would have opportunities to win every game they played but stranded runners in scoring postion numerous times throughout all 4 games.
The tournament started with a 4-3 extra inning win over the Northwest Honkers, out of Washington. Ben Runyon picked up the win while Dan Chappell would lead the way offensively. Next up was a date with the rival Langley Sr Blaze, this game would be called after 5 innings due to rain with the Blaze picking up the 3-0 win and Craig Tomas getting charged with the Loss despite a great effort on the mound. The last game of the round robin was against the Lacey Saints and Parkland would eventually fall by a 4-2 final. Aaron Dunsmore pitched a complete game, but errors would cost the Sox in this one as all 4 runs scored by Lacey were unearned. Again, the Whitesox bats couldn't buy a hit when it counted most. Parkland would get into the playoffs thanks to their low runs against but would have to face the #1 seeded Thurston County Senators. However, this game would turn into one of the most exciting of the entire tournament........ Parkland jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning and would hold onto that late until the bottom of the 8th inning where a leadoff walk followed by a single would eventually lead to the Senators putting up a 3-spot in the inning. This lead would hold up in the 9th as the Sox would lose the game 3-1, but they earned a bunch of new fans in the BC town and a lot of respect from the other teams in the tournament.
After their showing the Parkland Whitesox hope to get the call and the invite back to the GFI for the 2015 edition as we have some unfinished business to attend to after losing out in the quarterfinals. But overall it was a great trip and a great experience for the boys, and we would like to congratulate them on making the playoff/money round!
The Parkland Whitesox dropped their second straight game Friday night when they lost to the 1st place Red Deer Riggers by a 5-0 final. Myles Ethier got the start for Parkland, and outside of a rocky 1st inning shut down the Red Deer bats for 6 innings before giving way to Aaron Dunsmore who closed out the game. Red Deer would score 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning, but would only add 1 more the rest of the way. Unfortunately the Sox bats didn't want to wake up throughout the night and would only muster a handful of hits in the loss.
The Whitesox now begin the busiest stretch of their 2014 schedule as they head to Edmonton Monday to face the Cubs, then off to St Albert Wednesday for a date with the Tigers, then they finish the week with a league sanctioned tournement hosted by Fort Saskatchewan where they will play each team in the league in a 7-inning game, all counting towards the league standings! Once the tournament is complete the Sox will get a few days rest before departing for the Grand Forks International on Tuesday June 24th. At the GFI Parkland will face the Northwest Honkers, Nanaimo Coalminers, and the Langley Sr Blaze (who are becoming quite the rival of Parkland in recent years). You can catch all the action of the Grand Forks International through their website with an online pay-per-view broadcast. The cost of games is roughly $7/ea.
The Parkland Whitesox dropped their 2nd straight game to start the 2014 season Tuesday night as they lost to the defending champion Red Deer Riggers 11-4. Taking the loss for Parkland was Brad Michaleski after he pitched a solid first 5 innings, but ran into trouble in the 6th inning. Adam Baron and Mark Eggertson came on in relief but couldn't stop the bleeding. Kyle Radke and Jason Drouillard each had a pair of hits in the loss, and Radke (Mr Homerun) hit his 1st dinger of the year with a line drive shot to over the left field wall off Davin Gulbranson.
Next up for the Whitesox is a home date this Friday, May 23rd, versus the Edmonton Cubs. Gametime will be 6:45pm at Henry Singer Park. Make sure to come out and cheer on the Sox as they search for their 1st win of the year!
The Parkland Whitesox began their 2014 season with a loss to the visiting St. Albert Tigers Friday night at Henry Singer Park by a 7-4 darkness shortened final. Myles Ethier took to the hill for Parkland and Craig Tomas got the nod for the Tigers. Neither pitcher would pick up the win or loss, but both pitchers threw great games. Ethier went 5 innings giving up only 1 earned run on 2 hits while striking out 2. Relief would be provided by newcomers Mark Eggerston (1 IP), Tyler Dunsmore (1 IP), and Andrew Kotscherofski (1 IP).
Aaron Dunsmore, Josh Turner, and Steve Gendron all picked up multi-hit games in the loss, however the entire team hit the ball well for their first game of the season. When asked about the lack of offensive run production Assistant Coach Matt Jones said that "the bats weren't at fault tonight for the low score, we hit the ball well. We simply couldn't hit the holes in St Albert's defense, they seemed to know exactly where to position their fielders every time we hit the ball. It was a little frustrating to not see the results, but overall I'm quite happy with the way we approached each at-bat tonight."
Next up for the Sox is a trip to the friendly confines of Great Chief Park in Red Deer as they take on the defending provincial champion Red Deer Riggers Tuesday night at 7:30pm.
Our next home game is Friday May 23rd as the Whitesox welcome the Edmonton Cubs to Henry Singer Park. Gametime is set for 6:45pm.
The 2014 Parkland Whitesox Team Tryouts are under way and it looks like there will be a mix of new and old faces joining the ranks for this years edition. Under the "old" category it looks as though Jamie Cameron and Steve Gendron will be making their return to the Whitesox roster in 2014. While under the "new" category the Sox will welcome Mark Eggertson, Andrew Kotscherofski, Mike Hudson, Aaron Dunsmore, Nathan Wedgewood, Garrett Perlette, and Burke Seifrit to the mix.
This years version of the Parkland Whitesox will also be missing a few of the common names you've come to know as Brad Walde, Scott Hoekstra, and Brandon Strocki have all moved on to different endeavors. The Sox will also be missing Tyler Ulrich who is staying out in Nanaimo this summer to play summer ball on the Island.
The Parkland Whitesox will also be hosting their 1st Pub Night Fundraiser of the year this Friday at The Canadian Brewhouse. The event starts at 7pm and tickets can be purchased in advance from any team member for $10/ea, this includes $5 off your bill that night. If you require a ticket but don't know any of our players you can simply contact either Matt Jones at 780-920-7364 or Doug Jones at 780-916-3809. We will be also be hosting a silent auction as well, so be sure to come out and support your Parkland Whitesox!
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