The Stettler SWATT (Softball with Attitude) U16 girls maintained their great performance in the provincial tournament played in Leduc from Friday to Sunday, July 1-3, winning gold.
The Stettler team, playing for the first time in the B division came in second in their pool in round robin play with three wins and one loss record.
Stettler defeated Olds Pistols, East Central Cobras, Edmonton Royals with their lone loss coming to Central Alberta Impact.
“This record allowed the young ladies a chance to play a strong Lacombe team in the semi-finals,” said coach Rick Stotz. “Stettler fell behind early but never gave up and came from behind to take a one-run victory.”
In the finals, Stettler played the Calgary Warriors to beat them 7-5, leading from start to finish for their first provincial championship in the B Division.
Important team members who were unable to play were Erin Brown, Rachel Morbeck and Sage Sansregret.
“Out of the six games we played, half were decided by two runs,” recalled coach Stotz. “Great defence, excellent pitching, and timely hitting carried us this weekend.”
Stettler started strong on the bats scoring two runs in the first inning.
“The girls continued supporting the pitcher Jaiden with some nice defensive plays,” said coach Sheri Morbeck. “This along with numerous deep hits from our girls sealed a 7-5 championship gold win.”
According to Morbeck, moving up in calibre this year from C to B, the team had a phenomenal softball year.
“At provincials alone, pitchers Raina, Jaiden and Mikayla were unwavering in their ability on the mound, while outfielders Emily Brown, Taylor Northrop and Breanne Shaw had fantastic catches repeatedly,” added Morbeck. “The catchers Gracie Morbeck and Tamara Ball and Breanne were always strong game after game with infielders Jordyne Wolkowski, Ximena Sierra, Mikayla, Gracie, Jaiden, Raina, Tamara, Breanne all being solid.”
Gracie Morbeck had four home runs over the course of the weekend.
“All of this added up along with fantastic hitting and everyone having timely hits with numerous standup doubles and triples by all, helping the girls win the provincials,” said Morbeck. “This team was a fantastic group of girls who were always fun to be around, they should be very proud of their accomplishments this year.”