Throughout his career, University of Calgary outfielder Kalli Einarson has been the kind of player who can put the ball in play.
He did so at the 2017 Canadian national 18-and-under championships, again throughout his time in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League and now as he takes the field with the Dinos in the Canadian College Baseball Conference.
Now the Moose Jaw Miller Express are hoping he’ll do the same this summer in the Western Canadian Baseball League.
The Miller Express recently announced the signing of the fourth-year Dinos veteran, with the right-handed-hitting outfielder aiming to keep on keeping on with his success at the plate.
Einarson raised some eyebrows at the 2017 Baseball Canada 18U tournament, when while playing for Team Manitoba he racked up eight hits in 14 at bats over five games, recording a .571 average in the tournament to go along with eight hits and four runs batted in along the way.
He ended up signing with the University of Calgary the next season and promptly saw his first two campaigns in the CCBC cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.
When Einarson was able to hit the field in 2021 with the MJBL’s St. Boniface Legionnaires, the bat was definitely still there.
He’d hit .303 with three doubles and 10 RBI over 33 games, while also showing an impressive eye at the plate to finish with a .511 on-base percentage. His .905 on-base-plus-slugging percentage was one of the best on the team.
As an interesting aside, one of the league’s top averages that season belonged to none other than Denton Mateychuk, who hit .500 for Winnipeg South, albeit over only nine plate appearances before another sport ended up taking up his time.
With the Dinos through nine games this season, Einarson is hitting .200 with two doubles, a home run and nine runs batted in over 30 at bats.
The Moose Jaw Miller Express open their 2022 WCBL campaign on Friday, May 27 when they host the Medicine Hat Mavericks at Ross Wells Park.