East Central Bulls win gold medal

The East Central Bulls won gold at the AA Alberta Championship in Okotoks July 25 - 28. This year the team comprised of: (L - R) Front row: Mason Love-Hollman (Red Deer), Chase Logan (Oyen), Gage Nelson (Hardisty). Middle row: Brandon Buxton (Amisk), Brooke Fawcett (Consort), Damon Zimmer (Heisler), Greg Nelson (Veteran). Back row: Teryll Sherman (Forestburg), Brendan Logan (Oyen), Gavin Logan (Oyen), Hayden Schetzsle (Veteran), Carver Zimmer (Coronation). Coaches: Brad Zimmer (Assistant coach), Graham Schetzsle (Head coach) and Barry Logan (Assistant coach).

The East Central Bulls won gold at the AA Alberta Championship in Okotoks July 25 – 28. This year the team comprised of: (L – R) Front row: Mason Love-Hollman (Red Deer), Chase Logan (Oyen), Gage Nelson (Hardisty). Middle row: Brandon Buxton (Amisk), Brooke Fawcett (Consort), Damon Zimmer (Heisler), Greg Nelson (Veteran). Back row: Teryll Sherman (Forestburg), Brendan Logan (Oyen), Gavin Logan (Oyen), Hayden Schetzsle (Veteran), Carver Zimmer (Coronation). Coaches: Brad Zimmer (Assistant coach), Graham Schetzsle (Head coach) and Barry Logan (Assistant coach).

After completing the preliminary rounds of Baseball Alberta Play with a win – loss record of 17 – 1, the 12 and under East Central Bulls headed to Okotoks, on July 25, as the favourite to win the AA Alberta Championship.
After a crucial, nail-biting 6 – 4 win over Camrose, the Bulls defeated Sherwood Park in convincing fashion on July 26.
This set up a July 27 afternoon game against the Okotoks Outlaws. After defeating the Outlaws three times previously in the season, the Outlaws had their way with the Bulls, winning 14 – 4.
This put the pressure on the team to beat St. Albert on July 28 in order to reach the gold medal game.
The Bulls came out swinging furiously, as the first five batters of the game reached with base hits, eventually scoring seven runs in the first inning. This led to a  shutout victory, setting the stage for a rematch with Okotoks for in the championship game on July 28.
The host team, Okotoks, seemingly had all the momentum going into the final game. With a win over the Bulls on the previous day, and the home crowd and home field, the smart money was on the Outlaws.
However, a scrappy, resilient Bulls squad erased a 5 – 3 deficit in the sixth inning, to eventually secure a 9 – 6 win, to win the AA Alberta Baseball Championship.
The victory sends the Bulls to Red Deer August 2 – 4 to compete in Alberta Baseball AAA championships and also to Swift Current, Saskatchewan to play in the Western Canadian Championships August 16 – 18.
It’s been a very successful season thus far, and the Bulls hope to keep it going.

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