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Stettler Storm u13 Softball Girls qualify for Provincials June 30, 2022 @ 9:35pm

On June 25, the Stettler Storm U13 softball girls travelled to Camrose to compete in a regional, provincial qualifier tournament. Out of 7 teams, there were only three teams that could advance to provincial playoffs. Stettler showed up to play, and after beating Camrose 20-10 and Red Deer 25-18, their provincial position was secured.

Everyone on the team played a significant role in the team’s success. The girls approached the games with determination and confidence. Memphis Bamford and Sierra Bates proved to be the standout pitchers of the weekend, throwing consistent strikes that their opponents struggled to hit. A solid defensive team backed up their pitching, Gracie Pybus had an errorless weekend at shortstop and Katrina Siemens could not miss a ball at first base. Kate Robinson worked hard behind the plate and minimized her opponents’ opportunities to steal.

Offensively, the entire team approached their at-bats with patience and maturity. They were only swinging at pitches that they knew they could hit hard; this kind of discipline allowed them to be so successful on the scoreboard. Confident approaches to hitting and aggressive base running have been a central focal point of this season for the team, and these skills have proven to be significant in winning games.

The team looks forward to heading to Provincial Championships in Leduc July 15-17 and hopes to have similar game outcomes. They have worked hard this season and will continue to do so in the coming weeks to prepare for their final tournament.

They would like to thank TKS Controls and Heartland Auto and Industrial Supply for their financial backing this season. Without the kind support from these local businesses, the team would not have been able to attend as many tournaments this season as they have. The girls would also like to thank their families for all their work to make their season a success. Best of luck to the team in their upcoming competition!

Submitted by Kayla Myshaniuk


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