Carter Klapak pitched an amazing semi-final game to advance the Stettler Storm to the final in which he caught the final out. John Kisser photo

PHOTOS: Stettler Storm are the champs!

The 15U AA Tier IV Provincial Championships ran July 26th through to the 28th

The Stettler Storm came out triumphant from the 15U AA Tier IV Provincial Championships, which ran July 26th through to the 28th here in town.

“There were eight teams at the tournament from all over Alberta,” said Martha MacPherson, team coordinator.

“On Friday there were four games, and on Saturday there were six – we had to delay two to Sunday morning because of the rainstorm that happened on Saturday.

“Round robin finished Sunday morning, two semi-finals took place Sunday afternoon and the championship game went at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday with Stettler winning 13 to four over Innisfail.”

MacPherson said at the final game, about 200 fans came out to cheer on the team as well.

“There was a lot of local support and a lot of local sponsors, too. I’d like to thank all the sponsors who donated and helped to feed our umpires, to give water to the teams (Stettler GM donated water to give to the players).

“Stettler Dodge brought a truck down on Friday night to feed the Food Bank, and gave the top three winning teams a prize.”

Baltimore Financial donated coolers to keep the water chilled as well, she said.

“There was a lot of community support to make it so successful.”

As to the win, MacPherson couldn’t be more proud of the hard-working young players.

“Our boys came together when they needed to come together,” she said. “When they were told by the coaches not to miss routine flies and routine plays, they really put it all out on the line. They came to win it on Sunday, and it was fantastic!

“The boys also took it upon themselves to be gracious hosts of the tournament and helped to welcome the other teams.”

MacPherson said she was told by visitors what a wonderful group of volunteers and organizers there were that helped to make the tournament run so smoothly as well.

“That to me – it’s a wonderful skill for anybody to learn to volunteer their time and do things without an expectation of something back. I’m proud of all of those boys and their families for helping.”

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The Innisfail Hawks, coached by Murray Reay, Bruce Rafuse, Tyler Hirsche and Kevin Hoeksma, beat Sylvan Lake 10-9 in the semi-finals to face Stettler Storm in the final game. John Kisser photo

Pictured here is the Stettler Storm 15U AA team. Back from left are Head Coach Jeremy Klapak, Assistant Coach Terry MacPherson, Colby Norman, Brady Petersen, Declan Tschritter, Tyson Brower (tournament MVP), Carter Zuk, Assistant Coach Joffre Malo. Front from left are Doug MacPherson, Kaden Muhlbach, Carter Klapak, Koen Hagel, Tyson Malo and Brady Duncan. John Kisser photo

Tyson Brower (Stettler) makes a jumping catch at the plate attempting to get Emma Brooks (Innisfail) out. John Kisser photo

Payton Knopp of the Innisfail Hawks pitched during the championship game. John Kisser photo

PIctured here is the presentation of the medals and tournament MVPs. Number 17 Chance Reay for Innisfail and Number 10 Tyson Brower for the Stettler Storm were honoured. John Kisser photo

Tyson Brower of the Stettler Storm awaits the throw home. John Kisser photo

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