02/28/2014 7:37 PM -
The Lethbridge Bulls are pleased to announce the 2014 Season roster and schedule. The theme of this season is “Making Memories”, because some of the best memories start at a ball park! Kevin Kvame, the Bulls President/ General Manager will be presenting the information regarding the schedule and roster with details made by Head Coach Ryan MacDonald will make the roster announcement.
“The Bulls roster has traditionally been finalized between December and February for the most part, but being that we have the majority of it finalized at this point we decided to hope a December Press Conference and update everyone on our news.”, commented Bulls GM Kevin Kvame.
The 2014 season is expected to see the Bulls compete for their 5th West Division title and challenge for the WMBL Championship. “We have a great balance of returning players and new contributors which we hope is the right balance to give us the necessary momentum.”, said Kvame. “We have a few of the 2014 players with us today and they are excited to give an insight on their 2014 expectations.”
Coach MacDonald said this about his team: “In looking over last year’s team offensively, I feel we have taken a good base of players who I know can succeed at this level and filled the holes in the line-up last year.”
Infielders returning are Evan Comeau (middle infielder) and Mitch Dornblut (first baseman) who are both currently attending University of Arkansas at Monticello. Justin Clarkson and Matt Redfearn (both middle infielders) are among the other returning infielders. Two new comers to the infield are 3B Brady Porter from Red Deer, AB, currently at PBA and is one of the top hitters of the program. The other is Owen Taylor, the 6’2” 200Ilb of Grand Junction, CO. He is currently in high school but has committed to the University of Kansas in the fall of 2014.
Returning outfielders are Bretton Gouthro (Mount Olive College), Kade Billeaudeaux (LSUS) and Taylor Wolstenholme (PBA). Newcomers include Troy Blad, the left-handed hitting freshman at PBA who is fun to watch at the plate. I feel he will help this team hopefully over the next few years. Another exciting new addition to the OF is the Brandon Bufton (LSUS). “Coaches have said the BC native can flat out hit the ball and hit the ball hard.” Said Coach MacDonald
Catchers include 3rd year veteran, Travis Steinke (UAM) and Lethbridge American Legion product Trevor Sakatch who is currently attending the Prairie Baseball Academy.
Relief Pitchers returning from the 2013 season are: closer Tyson Hudson (Dixie State), Jake Hansen (LSUS), Chris Stodolka (PBA). Newcomers are right handed relief pitcher Sean Harvie (expected to sign in the next few days) and left handed reliever Austin Cooper. Both of the new relievers are products of the Prairie Baseball Academy. We are very excited about some new starters that we are attending the roster this year; Australian LHP Scott Cone (WTAM) (expecting to sign soon) and RHP Kade Garlington (UAM). “I feel with these two additions will help our starting pitching rotation and will give plenty of options to look for in the pitching roster.”, MacDonald says.
In the works, we are still looking for a couple more arms and in contact with a couple of 4-hole guys that will be exciting to watch at the plate and throughout the 2014 season. “
Regarding the 2014 Bulls Schedule we are very excited to have Kirk’s Tirecraft to be our official Canada Day 7:35pm game sponsor. We expect to have another exciting crowd on this day and bring the community together to celebrate our nation’s birthday. One of the exciting events at the stadium includes our 2nd summer concert featuring local hypnotist, JR Mathew and the extraordinary local cover performers, the Chevelles. This concert has been booked for Saturday, July 12th. We hope to have at least one more concert during the season with August being the targeted period.
We are very excited to announce that our first game of the season will be against Edmonton on May 30th. The home opener will be against Medicine Hat on June 6th. We have three exciting games that are outside of the WMBL Season that include our 3rd Annual TCMM memorial games that will have the friends/ teammates of Craswell and Mclean as well as the traditional Bulls vs VAB Jets, the Police vs Firefighters Charity Slow pitch game, and the new contribution is the Bulls vs Hurricanes Alzheimer Awareness Game.
The 1st Annual Legends of Sports Gala has been off to an impressive start with more than a third of the tickets already sold. The community is very excited to have the chance to meet Blue Jays legend Roberto Alomar.