After participating in the Powerline Baseball League's (PBL) longest game of the year, an 11 inning, 1-1 tie versus Bardo on Monday night, RHP Dylan Solberg and OF Kris Kushnerick participated in the North Central Alberta Baseball League's (NCABL) longest game of the year the following night with the Camrose Axemen. The Edmonton Warriors and the Camrose Axemen played 11 innings in what was ultimately a Camrose victory, 5-3.
"This is a lot of ball" said Solberg at about the 9th inning of the Axemen game. Solberg was a large defensive contributer on Monday night in Bardo has he had a busy night at short stop for the Rebels recording 8 put outs against the Athletics. He followed that performance by pitching 6.2 innings for the Axemen, while receiving the no decision. "He threw really well" said Axemen/Rebels C Bryan Toles "the splitter started to fall off the table in the 5th inning." There was some concern about Solberg's arm considering he hasn't pitched since Wednesday June 24th in Leduc where he threw 7 innings. But those concerns were quickly put to rest after Solberg gave the thumbs up to Axemen management after the 4th inning to continue.
"Getting 11 at bats in 2 games in 2 days isn't bad" said Axemen/Rebels OF Kris Kushnerick referencing the 5 at bats that many Rebels received in the Bardo game and the 6 at bats he, along with most of his teammates, recorded in the Axemen game against the Warriors. "I feel bad for the guy (Warriors CF Sam Lodenquai) who caught tossed in the first inning, he had to stand outside the dugout for 10 more innings of baseball" said Kushnerick. Axemen/Rebels C Bryan Toles, who has brought stability behind the plate this year for the Rebels, was able to block the plate as Lodenquai tried to steal home on Solberg has he was walking back to the mound following a pitch.
The events of these last couple days can all be traced back to Rebels 2B Kyle Reinholt who in the 7th inning against Bardo said "This has been a quick game, we could play two". The quote carried over into the Axemen/Warriors game when Kushnerick told teammates in the 7th inning, "This is just like last night when Kyle said 'This has been a quick game, we should play two'". The mystique of baseball.
While the Rebels are waiting to see who they play in the PBL Playoffs, it is good to see some of them get some swings and innings while they wait. The Rebels will more then likely have 8 days off in between there last game (Monday vs. Bardo) and their first playoff game against the second place Leduc Milleteers, likely to begin on Tuesday July 21st in Ryley followed by Wednesday July 22nd in Leduc and Wednesday July 29th back in Leduc if necessary. The schedule had to be slightly altered as Leduc is unable to play on Thursday July 23rd. Camrose and Bardo should be set to begin there series on Tuesday July 21st in Camrose.