As you know the 14U Girls - Team Manitoba played in the Altona 13U AA tournament on Sunday, June 2. This was the first time the team has played together. We had 12 players participate in the tournament. We had 7 pitchers including some that haven't ever pitched in hardball or don't regularly pitch in hardball. We also developed a brand new catcher. This provided a great opportunity to come together as a team. As the games unfolded, you could see the players becoming more comfortable. For development, we used continuous batting and took advantage of the unlimited substitution rules.
Game 1 was at the Brandon Grizzlies. It started out very exciting with Manitoba's first batter who ended up with a "home run" on an infield single due to 2 errors and eventually a very close play at the plate. Manitoba was able to score another run in the fourth with a double driving in a run. Alas, the defence was a challenge with Manitoba being very nervous in their first game. Final score Grizzlies 12, Manitoba 2.
Game 2 was against the Carman Goldeyes. Manitoba improved its fielding outcomes including one 3 up, 3 down inning. Run production doubled from the first game. Final score Goldeyes 10, Manitoba 4.
During the very long break between games 2 and 3, Manitoba held a short practice to refine skills and develop new ones. This was followed by a batting cage session for the majority of players.
Game 3 was against the St. James A's. With a combination of very successful pitching and outstanding fielding, Manitoba was able to prevent the A's from scoring. On the bats, Manitoba had a very good eye to draw lots of walks. With a combination of excellent baserunning and opportune big hits, Manitoba was able to score easily. Final score Manitoba 11, A's 0.
Overall a very successful event. We achieved the event goals we set out in our preparations for Westerns. One injury during the tournament. Heather was initially scheduled to play game 3, but due to a sore shoulder (after throwing 30 pitches in game 2) she asked to be pulled from the game.
Marc Carriere provided baseball assistance to the coaches and players.
- Practice: June 15, Brandon
- Tournament: July 1, Clearwater
In order to prepare for the 2019 Western Canada Baseball Championships, August 16-18 in Saskatchewan, we will be holding a series of events - practices, tournaments, and games. With baseball being an outdoor sport, we are impacted by weather and changing availability. We are anticipating practicing in Portage la Prairie's Rotary Republic of Manitobah Park as the primary location.
An initial schedule has been developed to let you know when we are considering holding events:
The 14U assistant coaches for 2019 are: