Game on for Fort McMurray athletes

Catch you on the rebound

By Curtis J. Phillips, Connect Contributor

Players of the Fort McMurray Giants sign baseballs for young fans at their first home game versus Regina Red Sox on June 30 at the Shell Place. Photo by Fort McMurray Giants.

Players of the Fort McMurray Giants sign baseballs for young fans at their first home game versus Regina Red Sox on June 30 at the Shell Place. Photo by Fort McMurray Giants.

For the last 27 years leading up to the 2016 Baseball Canada Cup Championships (to be hosted right here in Fort McMurray from August 3 to 8, 2016); the provincial representatives of British Columbia and Ontario has dominated with 20 titles in-between them with B.C. getting the edge 12-to-8.

B.C. is looking to make it a four peat, with Ontario having last won in 2011 and 2012.

Quebec has held the mound six times, the last being back in 2004. Saskatchewan was outstanding in their field with a gold in 1994.

Alberta has yet to hit it out of the ball park with silver status in 2002 and 2014.

Fort McMurray’s Carter Ulliac was a pitcher on 2010 and 2011 Team Alberta squads that traveled to Kindersley, Saskatchewan and Moncton, New Brunswick respectively.

For a baseball junkie, this is the opportunity to see 35 games over a five-day period at MacDonald Island’s Shell Place baseball stadium and Ross A. Henniger Park in Thickwood. The two parks will showcase the talents of the best under-17 baseball players from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Keeping to the diamonds, Cooper Krug made local baseball history when he became the first Fort McMurray Giants player to smack a homerun at Shell Place during Western Major Baseball League regular season play with a dinger in the fourth inning of Game 1 of a double header last Friday against the Melville Millionaires, in which the Giants won 15-9 and 8-3.

Prior to joining the Giants, Krug had just finished his first year of university student/athlete activities as a member of the University of Nevada Reno Wolfpack where he had four starts in 11 appearances on the mound highlighted by a season-high two hits with one run against UC Davis.

Graduating from Reno High School, he was named Northern Nevada Division I Player of the Year while hitting .414, 46 runs batted in and pitched a 3.14 earned run average. Standing six-foot-five, he also lettered in hoops.
You still have a chance to see the Giants at home plate with five home dates, including two double headers, this month. Great fan support so far. Let’s continue to fill the stands.

Lots of local runners tying on the laces for various races around the province.

Charles Wilkinson placed fourth overall in the Beaumont Triathlon held Canada Day and was tops in his age category 40-49. Wilkinson was also joined by a bevy of local runners for the Great White North Triathlon held in Stony Plain, including perhaps the fittest couple in Fort McMurray, Kristen Bjornson and Maynard McInnis.

The 2016 Alberta Summer Games cauldron will be lit July 14, 2016 in Leduc with youth competing in 14 different sports. Good luck to all of the athletes and coaches from our Zone 7.

Hopefully, no local sports will fall to the wayside due to key individuals leaving home base or being sidetracked by the recent forest fires. If so, someone needs to pick up the ball as new legs and new people have new ideas.
Catch you on the rebound.

-Connect Weekly-