Swagger come close

It was only fitting that the Stettler Swagger U12 girls lined up against Delburne in the bronze medal game

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It was only fitting that the Stettler Swagger U12 girls lined up against Delburne in the bronze medal game of the Stettler Softball tournament on the weekend. Both teams faced each other Friday with Delburne cruising to a lopsided 20-8 victory. It set up what turned out to be a wonderful weekend of ball for the team. After another loss to a tough well coached Lacombe team the Swagger started to roll. The team then racked up wins over Drumheller and Innisfail.

With nine teams in the U12 division, it actually came down to a series of tie-breakers to determine the Bronze Medal teams.

The bronze medal game was a back and forth battle with both pitchers striking out several batters. Pitcher Hannah Elines had a great game going 5 strong innings.

With the score 8-7 for Delburne after the 5th inning, a quick conference with the umpires determined another inning could be played. In the top of the 6th Stettler gave up 3 runs, so they came to bat knowing they needed 5 to win. ‘We knew we had a chance in the 6th, but came up just short 11-8, you could see the girls were wiped both physically and mentally’ said a dejected coach Shauna Elines.

‘With such a short ball season, it is tournaments like this that really help the players not only improve but bond together, the coaches are all so proud of them, this is a great group of players and families’ said coach Bob Couch.