The Lacombe Dodgers, including five Stettler players, posted a 1-2 record and finished out of the medals at the provincial midget competitive Tier 1 baseball championship last weekend at Acme.
The Dodgers opened with a 6-5, extra-inning loss to Vegreville on Friday, as the winning run was scored on a passed ball in the eighth inning. They dropped an 8-6 decision to Rocky Mountain House Saturday to fall out of contention.
Lacombe wrapped up play on a winning note later Saturday with an 11-1 rout of Grande Prairie in a game shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule.
All five Stettler-area players — Micah Croker, Jordan McCallum, Stephen Zuk and brothers Riley and Quade Anderson — were regulars in the Lacombe lineup during the eight-team tournament.
Riley Anderson smacked a three-run home run in the Lacombe victory and Croker clubbed a solo homer in the loss to Rocky.
This weekend, Lacombe caps its season with an exhibition doubleheader against Canada’s national women’s team at Telus Field in Edmonton.
In front of a vocal crowd, host Acme defeated Bonnyville 17-15 in Sunday’s provincial final.
The population of the village of Acme is listed at 653.
Tier 2 provincials
Meanwhile, Coronation competed in the midget competitive Tier 2 provincial championships at Slave Lake.
Coronation took a 1-1 record into Sunday morning play, but lost 8-2 to Calgary PBF in a tiebreaker to fall out of medal contention.
In Pool B round-robin action, Coronation opened with a 6-3 victory over SJP Black on Friday, but lost 3-2 to Calgary on Saturday.