U11 baseball teams win five of eight in Westlock

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Slave Lake’s two U11 Heat baseball teams normally just play Wednesday night games in the Pembina League. But on June 12 both teams took part in a season-ending league tournament in Westlock.

The teams squeezed in four games apiece.

SL Heat 2 had the better success, winning all four of its games. SL Heat 1 went one for four.

Mike Martin, one of the Heat 2 coaches, says “it came down to the fourth game, where we went head-to-head against Westlock 2.”

Both teams entered that final match with three wins and zero losses, so it was a ‘winner-take-gold’ situation. Maddax Laing and Gage Romanchuk handed the pitching for Slave Lake. Together with some solid fielding, they kept Westlock scoreless until the fourth inning. Slave Lake won the game, 9 – 1.

Romanchuk was named tournament MVP, “with multiple home runs, strikeouts and supported his teammates throughout the day with a positive attitude,” Martin says.

In the other pool, Heat 1 had a tougher time, coming up “just short” in three of their four games. The lone victory was 11 – 9 over Barrhead 1.

“Ethan Albert was named MVP on the day for strong performance, leadership and perseverance,” Martin says. “All the kids had fun and look forward to wrapping up their last couple make-up games of the season.”

Martin says Westlock Minor Ball deserves praise for hosting the tournament and doing a good job of it.

As for the Heat 2 team, as winners in Westlock, they move on to a new set of ‘provincial’ games, starting in July.

The U11 Heat #2. Photos courtesy of Mike Martin.
The U11 Heat #1

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