Stettler fastball team plays delayed provincials

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Catcher in the fi eld - Gracie Morbeck caught a lot of fastballs during the game against Innisfail

Julie Bertrand / Independent reporter

The C-level U12 squirts fastball team finally got the chance to participate in the provincials, two weeks after the original tournament had been rained out.

Coaches Sheri Morbeck, Sean Zitaruk and Laurie Myshaniuk were able to get their initial team of 11 players to attend the provincials, which were held again in Sherwood Park.

“At the last minute, it turned into a one-day tournament instead of two days, because of the possibility of more rain and Sherwood Park already suffering from wet diamonds,” said Sheri Morbeck, U12 squirts C-level fastball coach.

Moreover, only seven teams were able to attend the tournament, instead of the original 10 because of previous summer holiday commitments.

“Because of this, the original game we played back on the July 8 weekend did not stand, as they had to redo the draw entirely,” said Morbeck.

The Stettler team won its first game against Innisfail, beating them 18 to 6.

“The girls played wonderfully, hitting and fielding well,” said Morbeck.

Jesse Squires had a nice homerun to center field, while Jaiden Stotz was chosen as the MVP and Kayla Myshaniuk won the team’s Heart & Hustle award.

“Unfortunately, because of our win, we had to play back-to-back games, with a mere 15 minutes to grab lunch and get back on the field,” said Morbeck.

The team lost its second and final game to Lacombe with a score of 15 to 4. Jaiden Stotz scored a homerun to the delight of the team.

“We were fielding well but couldn’t seem to get enough runners on base to score runs,” said Morbeck.

“We have faced Lacombe a few times previously this year, and did lose to them each time.”

Jesse Squires was named MVP, and Mikayla Torgerson won the Heart & Hustle award.

“All in all, it was a fun time, just too short… and ultimately we lost the wrong game,” concluded Morbeck.

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