Cole Stasow of Slave Lake is another local baseball player who has been enjoying success this summer away from home. He’s a member of the ‘AAA’ Junior St. Albert Cardinals, who recently finished second in the provincial championships.
Triple ‘A’ Junior baseball in Alberta is a pretty small club, with five teams competing against each other this season. Slave Lake has been in the loop in past years, but not having the numbers, Stasow has toiled in St. Albert the past couple of seasons.
The Cardinals finished first overall in the regular season, ahead of the Innisfail Merchants, Edmonton Reds and Edmonton Padres, with Stasow most often playing in the outfield.
In Game 1 of the provincials (according to a report by Cole’s brother Cody), the Cards defeated the Reds 11 – 5. Speedy Cole Stasow batted in the lead-off position and played left field. He went 1-for-3 with a single and a stolen base.
Game 2 was a 5 – 2 loss to the Padres on the Sunday of the long weekend, with Cole in right field.
That put them up against defending champion Innisfail in the classic ‘do-or-die,’ ‘win-or-go-home’ third game of round robin play. The teams had played a series of one-run games during the season and everybody knew this one was going to be tough to win. Cody says after the Cardinals went up 1 – 0, the Merchants responded by scoring five and leading by four after four innings. But St. Albert was able to claw back in the sixth.
“With runners on second and third, down by one, Cole Stasow drove in the tying run as the Cardinal bench erupted,” says Cody, doing a good imitation of a sportswriter in his email to The Leader.
The Cardinals went up by one run and were able to hang on and win 6 – 5, setting up a final between the same two teams. This one went to Innisfail by a 5 – 2 score in extra innings.
Despite the loss, St. Albert still qualified for the Western Canadian Championships in Saskatoon on the Aug. 10 weekend. We hope to have a report on that in next week’s Leader.