Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Provincial Championships - Part Deux

The last weekend of July saw Baseball Alberta Championships in the Competitive Mosquito, PeeWee and Midget levels.  The August long weekend completed the rest of the Provincial championships.

Strathmore were crowned Competitive Bantam champions in Tier I, beating Grande Prairie 25-20 in a slugfest in the championship game, hosted in St. Albert.   In other Tiers, the Olds Spitfires hosted and won Tier II,  Calgary PBF hosted and won Tier III, Bawlf won Tier IV in Confederation Park and Barrhead took the Tier V title hosted by Kikino.

At the Performance level,  Red Deer hosted the PeeWee championshiops.  Sherwood Park went undefeated in pool play, while Red Deer and Spruce Grove tied for 2nd.  Due to Spruce Grove winning the head to head game, they advanced to the final to play the A's.   The Spruce Grove White Sox won the first final game 10-7, but since the A's were undefeated, a second final game was necessary.  In that one, Sherwood Park rebounded from their loss beating the White Sox 10-3 and taking home the Provincial Championship.

The Bantam championships were played in Okotoks.  In Tier I, Foothills, Spruce Grove and St. Albert tied with 3 wins apiece in pool play.  Spruce Grove got a bye into the final game due to tiebreaker rules, while Foothills defeated St. Albert in the semi final to earn the other berth in the championship game. And Foothills won that game too, beating Spruce Grove 11-1 and winning the Bantam performance championship.   Meanwhile, in Tier II, Red Deer narrowly defeated Edmonton 5-4 to take home Tier II champion honours.

The Midget championship were also hosted in Okotoks.  Eleven teams played through some inclement weather at times throughout the 4 days of pool play, to get into the playoffs.  All 3 Foothills teams made the playoffs along with Edmonton, Spruce Grove and Sherwood Park Gold.  The championship game on Monday saw the host Foothills Black team face off against the Sherwood Park Gold, and the hosts won 5-2 to repeat as Provinical Champions.

Good luck to all the teams representing Alberta at the Nationals and Westerns.

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