The U14 Coronation Girls Softball Team brought home gold medals from the Provincial D Tournament in Edmonton on the Aug. 6 – 8 weekend with the Coronation Stealers against Parkland in the gold medal game.
A strong first inning by the Stealers brought in the maximum seven runs, setting them up for the final score of 16 – 4.
When the team entered the provincial tournament they were well aware that they hadn’t had a great deal of games and experience but after defeating Grande Prairie Pirates in their first game by a score of 18 – 1 they felt they belonged.
In their second game on Friday they defeated Fort Saskatchewan Sliders with another strong score of 13 – 1.
The hope of playing on Sunday became a bit stronger. In their Saturday morning game against Edmonton NEZ Bears after nearly completing one inning, the lightning lit the sky and the play was called just in time for the rain to pour down.
The 45 minute downpour left the diamonds under water but under the diligent work of the grounds crew with the help of a vac truck, play resumed at 2 p.m. to yield another win giving them another glimmer of hope.
Their final round-robin game was played against the Airdrie Angels who dealt the first loss to the girls.
Again in the midst of the game, the skies opened up and during this rain delay the Stealers cranked up their music and danced in the rain.
They were soon joined by the Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan and Grande Prairie girls and then Airdrie crossed the diamond and also joined in.
When the showers subsided, the ump said they would resume play – but not till after the song was done¡
Despite the loss, the girls knew they were going into Sunday’s semi-finals.
The Sunday game times were not going as scheduled because of the rain delays and a tie breaker game in the A Pool.
The Coronation Stealers semi-final game was played against Bawlf Trail Blazers and again the Stealers came out on top to take them to the gold medal game.
Coaching the team were Jay Adams, Ryan McLean, Ryan Hewitt and Carrie Scoville.