Sydney Poapst of Stettler stepped up to the plate last month for the Western Canadian peewee girls’ baseball championship in Medicine Hat.
Poapst was part of Team Alberta, which earned the silver medal with a 2-2 record.
“It was a great experience,” said Poapst, a second-year peewee who began her Grade 8 studies this week.
“It was lots of fun and I met new girls that love baseball.”
Alberta ran into a formidable opponent in a 13-3 gold-medal loss to British Columbia, which was described as a superior team physically.
Alberta chucker Madison Wilan of Edmonton was pitching well in that game, which was tied 1-1 in the third inning, before she suffered a broken leg in heroic fashion.
“A big girl from B.C. hit the ball and it hit (Wilan) on the outside of the right leg,” Poapst said. “The ball rolled out to the side. Madison hit the ground as soon as she was hit. She reached out and got the ball and made the play at first (base).
“But then, of course, she was out for the rest of the game and is now in a cast for six weeks.”
The select Alberta team was made up of 12- and 13-year-old girls chosen after three tryouts. The girls practised together for two days — the Wednesday and Thursday before the weekend tournament.
“The B.C. team had been together since January, playing boys’ teams, so they definitely were stronger,” Poapst said.
Also in the mix were Manitoba and a second B.C. team, the Okanagan Halos.
Alberta opened with a 12-2 loss to B.C., but came back to defeat Okanagan 12-9 and smack Manitoba 18-7.