No luck in baseball provincials for U15 Heat

But lots of improvement over the season

Leader staff

The Slave Lake U15 Heat baseball team didn’t get the result they were hoping for at the AA Tier 4 provincials in Okotoks on the July 23 weekend.

Three straight losses meant no Sunday play and no chance of a medal for the group.

However, according to head coach Calvin Beauchamp, they battled hard, had some close games and it “was a great weekend for the boys, who gained some valuable experience.”

The first game was against the Rocky Sundevils. It ended in a 6 – 1 score for the Sundevils. The game was a tight one most of the way, with Koltin Davis strong on the mound for Slave Lake. But the offence couldn’t muster many runs. Carson Maitland came on in relief of Davis and finished strongly.

Game 2 was a familiar opponent – the Barrhead Orioles. The teams had met three times this season, with Barrhead winning twice. This time, Davone Halcrow was the Slave Lake pitcher and put in another strong performance, says the coach. Maitland again came on in relief, as did Evander Pawliw.

“The Barrhead pitcher was lights’ out,” says Beauchamp. Slave Lake scored five runs off him, but lost the game 10 – 5.

The Heat’s third and final game was a 14 – 10 loss to the Innisfail Hawks. Nico Diaz got the start and pitched well, with Maitland and Grady Beauchamp in relief. The Heat mounted “a bit of a comeback,” Beauchamp says, but fell short.

“Overall our boys played hard and should be very proud the way they represented Slave Lake,” Beauchamp says. “Most teams we faced were loaded with second year players and our team only had two. All together our boys held their own and competed right there with the eventual provincial champs (Barrhead) and the silver medalists (Innisfail) which were both in our pool.”

Beauchamp predicts a strong group of 15Us will be back next year. He says the coaches “are proud of the boys and every single one made improvements in one area or another, which should be considered success as well.”

The U15 Heat, not in the order they are pictured, are: Aiden Noskey #14, Carson Maitland #15, Davone Halcrow #21, Evander Pawliw #9, Grady Beauchamp #17, Jayce Beaulac #20, Joshua Jadot #7, Koltin Davis #13, Nico Diaz #18, Ricky Bellerose #35 and Ryker Halcrow #31.

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