Shayla Meyer of the Stettler Heat slides safely back to first base

Shayla Meyer of the Stettler Heat slides safely back to first base

Heat is on base

Stettler steps up to the plate this weekend as the host of the provincial intermediate B and C women’s softball championships.

Stettler steps up to the plate this weekend as the host of the provincial intermediate B and C women’s softball championships.

The host Stettler Heat are among 20-plus teams entered in the three-day tournament at the Stettler Sports Park and one of the West Stettler Park diamonds.

“It will be an epic event for Stettler, and we are very proud and excited to host provincials this year,” said Jennifer Muhlbach, a member of the Heat and the team’s co-manager with Sarah Tucker.

“Softball Alberta contacted our team a few months ago to let us know that there weren’t any bids for the provincials this year and asked us if we’d be interested in putting in a bid,” Muhlbach said.

The Heat, competing in the B tournament, play twice Friday (8 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and twice Saturday (noon and 8 p.m.).

Playoff action is slated for Sunday, with the finals set for 1 p.m.

Stettler plays in the Red Deer Women’s Fastball Association. The Heat narrowly missed the playoffs, finishing in fifth place in the seven-team league with a 5-8-2 record and just four points back of the fourth and final playoff position.