Stettler Storm teams claim provincial goal

Brady Petersen steals a base while Carter Zuk is up to bat during one of the Stettler Storm’s 15U AA provincial tournament games from July 26 to July 28. Image courtesy of
John Kisser

The Stettler Storm Bantam baseball team and Mosquito team won gold on home soil.

Jeremy Klapak, coach of the 15U AA bantam team, found the season to be an overall success with provincials as a highlight.

“It was pretty good, I think we ended up around 500 so we won as many as we lost throughout the season,” said Klapak.

Players came from Stettler and Erskine.

There was a three way tie for third place going into the provincial tournament.

For the first game, Stettler dominated, scoring 22 – 4 against St. Albert.

The second game against Innisfail proved to be a bit more challenging but the team prevailed again with a score of 18 – 13.

Chestermere won the third game with a 15 point lead and a score of 20– 5. For the semi finals, the Central Alberta Selects Hounds were first place in the province and considered the favourite team.

They had beat the Stettler Storm 12 –0 in tiering prior but Stettler won once again, winning by 10 points. Coach Klapak was impressed with the powerful pitching of pitcher Carter Klapak and the close by Tyson Brower.

“I don’t think we were expecting to win. We definitely had a good weekend and the Central Alberta Selects were definitely the heavy favourites,” said Klapak.

“It was pretty exciting, I mean kids were definitely pumped up. We played the Central Alberta Selects team in the semis and so actually after we won that one, the kids were definitely at a high.”

The weekend was not exactly the most ideal for ball as there were many games rained out on Saturday.

Association rules say that teams are typically limited to playing two games per day to save pitchers from overusing their arms.

Due to the rain out, Stettler played three games on Sunday, Sept. 1. Stettler faced off against Innisfail for the second time in the finals.

Stettler Storm 15U team Pitcher Carter Zuk winds up before throwing another successful pitch. The team won provincials on home soil during the final weekend in July. Image courtesy of John Kisser

The secret to winning this game was the well-rounded team who had plenty of qualified pitchers to choose from including Carter Zuk who completed the game.

The final score came to 13 – 4 in the Storm’s favour.

“Definitely pitching and our hitting was hot that weekend. I would say the kids played better for each other that weekend. Not so many ups and downs. Everyone stayed positive,” said Klapak.

The Stettler Storm U19 team coach was not available before press time.

 

Terri Huxley

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