The Stettler U14 kept up their great performance and played a charged tournament in Innisfail again over the weekend to head to the provincials.
Their first game was against Ponoka and they came out on top with a 15-6 win.
“This game was played in and out of the rain and both teams should be proud of how they played through it,” said assistant coach Bob Couch. “Our bats were hot with Alandra Couch hitting a triple and Brooke Laisnez with a home run that really sparked the team.”
Stettler next faced Castor but unfortunately suffered an 18-11 loss.
“We were actually tied 11-11 at one point but Castor has several really good pitchers and they were able to shut us down and go on for the win,” said assistant coach Sarah McCrindle. “Hanna Elines and Madison McCrindle pitched very well against a really tough team but we just seemed to run out of steam.”
That left Stettler with a winner-take-all game against Sylvan Lake, with the winning team going onto provincials in Edmonton.
Sylvan took an early 5-1 lead but Stettler was able to rally once again with some solid hitting and timely fielding.
“One of the keys in this game was the girls’ ability to work the count and take what the Sylvan pitchers were giving,” added Couch. “We had some excellent two strike hits, which can often be difficult but the girls did a great job by staying patient.”
The game ended in dramatic fashion with Emily Barclay caught in a rundown between third and home, after several twists and turns she was able to escape and score what ended up being the winning run, said Couch.
“It was a great way to top off a 13-5 comeback win,” added Couch. “We’ll hope that captures what a great weekend it was and as coaches we are so proud of this group because they battled hard this weekend and achieved one of our goals, a spot at provincials in Edmonton.”
Stettler Sliders mosquitos play a great tiering tournament
The Stettler Sliders mosquitos played a great weekend tournament in Stettler as they won two of their three games, currently at 5-1 record.
Playing provost on Saturday, June 25 Stettler won 6-2, then they played Oyen losing 13-6.
On Sunday, June 26 they faced Sherwood Park and won 12-9.
“The kids played really well with a 5-1 record at the moment through their first six games, which is a great start,” said head coach Kent Hoopfer. “There’s still a lot of ground to cover, but the kids are responding very well.”
Stettler Peewee AA win against Heisler 12-6The Stettler Peewee AA team played Heisler on Thursday, June 23 and won 12-6.
The starting pitcher was Marcus Laisnez and the closer was Chance Morbeck.
Reece Kranzler drove in the winning run.
“The team defence has been great and the boys’ offence has been spectacular,” said coach Brent Kranzler. “Our undefeated streak will be tested in two weeks’ July 9-10 weekend as the teams we play become tougher as the summer progresses.”