May 21st, 2024

PBA hopes all facets of game click during World Series

By Lethbridge Herald on May 15, 2024.

Herald Photo by Justin Seward Herald FIle photo PBAÕs Zaden Wake fails to corral the throw at first base for the out as VIUÕs Ryder Duncan runs through the bag during the first game of a doubleheader earlier this season.

By Justin Seward

Lethbridge Herald

The Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs  varsity are ready to battle on the base pads this weekend in hopes of winning their first  Canadian College World Series in seven years at Spitz Stadium.

The CCBC’s (Canadian College Baseball Conference)  eight teams will all be competing for the league championship.

“Hopefully that all three aspects of our game [hitting, pitching and fielding] click all together,” said Todd Hubka, PBA head coach.

“It seems like only one or two at a time are clicking for us and if we can get all three going at the same time, I think we’re the best team in this tournament.”

While Hubka feels the pitching is coming around in the last couple of weeks, the team needs to find its hitting.

“It’s just that we’re not hitting with runners in scoring position and two outs and that sort of thing,” said Hubka.

“To win at any level,  you need to be able to do that. So going into it, if we can just do those little things, we should be pretty successful.”

Hubka didn’t pinpoint any particular player or players that will lead the way this weekend.

“No pressure on any player,” said Hubka.

“Just play as a team, and do your job when it’s your time to do it, and like I said if we take care of the ball we should be in pretty good shape.”

Joseph Bews will be playing in his first CCBC World Series.

“I think this season we’ve fought through some adversity along the way [with] injuries and what not,” said Bews.

“I think we’re finally starting to [come] around and I think it’s going to be grit and a lot of hard work here to get us where we need to be.”

Bews thinks the team can’t let mistakes get them down during the tournament.

“And keep piggy backing on the good things that happen ,and make sure it doesn’t snowball if a bad thing happens and reset when we need to,” said Bews.

PBA begins play tomorrow at 10 a.m. when they take on the Edmonton Collegiate Hawks in the double knock-out style tournament.

The league championship runs from today through  Monday with the championship game at 11 a.m. on Monday.

The World Series schedule can be found at

PBA has not won a CCBC title since 2017.


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