03/07/2017 2:11 PM -
Hello Bulls fans! We are less than 3 months away from the 2017 Bulls season getting underway. The first action is set for May 31st in the 5th Annual Tanner Craswell and Mitch McLean Memorial Game. This annual game is played to honour the boys and sees the Bulls take on the Vauxhall Academy Jets. Regular season action will get underway the following night when the Bulls head to Brooks to take on the Bombers. The first home stand will follow when the Bulls host the Fort McMurray Giants for three games June 2-4th at Spitz Stadium.
The Bulls are steadily filling out their 2017 roster. New head coach Jesse Sawyer will have to deal with losing several key veterans from the 2016 squad. 2017 will see a mix of new faces and returning players. Expectations remain high as they do every year, and coach Sawyer expects the Bulls to compete for the top spot in the West Division.
Starting now and building into the season we would like to spotlight a few of the 2017 players. Today we will look at some of the bats the Bulls have picked up from right here in Lethbridge at our very own Prairie Baseball Academy. PBA is off to a great start in their non-conference schedule with a 7-4-1 record so far in the US. These 5 hitters have had a big role in leading the team to their hot start:
Dylan Borman – Dylan Borman has been a leader in the middle of the PBA lineup so far this season. The 2nd year third baseman has had a hot bat all spring. So far through 12 games Borman is hitting .341 (15-44) with 12 R, 7 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR and 10 RBI’s. Borman will be a key bat for the Bulls this summer. In 2016 the Bulls had senior Mitch McGeein man the hot corner, and it will be a tough role to takeover, but Borman could be a cornerstone at 3B for the Bulls moving into the future.
Dylan Flasch – Newcomer to PBA from Lloydminister, AB, Flasch has taken over at shortstop for the Academy. Flasch has held down the leadoff position for PBA so far this season, and has performed in his role brilliantly. In 12 games Flasch is leading the team with a .348 AVG (16-46) 13 R, 2 2B and 5 RBI. Flasch is setting the table by getting on base, and the players behind him have been consistently driving him in. For the Bulls Flasch will play in the middle of the infield, and his bat will be a key for the team this summer.
Carter Witbeck – Witbeck a Raymond, AB native has been the starting catcher for PBA the last two seasons. Witbeck backstopped PBA to their 6th straight CCBC Championship last May. Carter also got his first experience with the Lethbridge Bulls in the summer of 2016. In mostly a backup role Witbeck hit .331 in 82 AB, with 14 R, 8 2B, 1 HR, and 12 RBI’s playing behind senior catcher Travis Steinke. In 2017 coach Sawyer will look for Carter to play a bigger role behind the dish. So far in 2017 for PBA, Witbeck is hitting .268(11-41) with 6 R, 1 2B, 2 HR and 10 RBI’s through 12 games.
Brett Brittany – Brittany came out of nowhere to be a standout on the 2016 PBA Varsity team. The native of Fredericton, NB hit .336 (49-146) with 39 R, 13 2B, 6 3B, 5 HR, and 27 RBI. Centre fielder for PBA this season Brittany combines the rare commodities of power and speed. Brittany is versatile and can play any of the outfield spots. So far in 2017 Brittany is hitting .316 (12-38) 12 R, 5 2B, 2 3B and 10 RBI’s through 12 games. Brittany got his first taste of the WMBL last season with Swift Current. Brittany was fortunate enough to be apart of the 2016 clean sweep of the playoffs by the Indians (Now 57’s).
Brett Semeniuk – Our last edition from PBA to the 2017 Bulls roster is Brett Semeniuk. Originally from Edmonton, AB, Semeniuk has grown tremendously in the PBA program. Semeniuk can play almost every position on the field and will provide a powerful left-handed bat for coach Sawyer in 2017. So far this Spring Semeniuk has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury but has managed to contribute from the middle of the lineup. Semeniuk is hitting .250 (9-36) with 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR and 9 RBI’s.