WESTLOCK – Dozens of ball players, family members and coaches gathered to celebrate another successful season at the Westlock Minor Ball Association’s year-end wind up.
The event at Keller Field June 21, included award presentations and a barbecue and saw medals presented to rally cap teams as well as individual heart n ‘hustle and most improved player awards to higher division baseball and softball teams from 9U to 13U.
“We wanted a nice way to send the kids off and to watch their coaches play a game (with the Red Lions).” said kids division coordinator Chyan Brand. “It was a fabulous season – definitely a great turnout number-wise and quite a few new board members for Westlock Minor Ball. We had a great group of kids, great group of coaches and parent volunteers to help out which always makes the season go by quickly as well as enjoyable. “
More than 140 kids ages four to 14 registered for minor ball this season, noted Brand comprising a total of 12 teams in different age categories. The regular season began in early April and finished at the end of June with two ball tournaments – a girl’s softball tournament was held in Westlock and a tournament for 13U boys was held in Busby.
“They are just our year-end league tournaments. All of the league teams (in each division) meet and have some fun games together, ”said Brand, adding Westlock teams play in the Pembina League.
A couple of highlights for the 2022 season included hosting the 11U tournament on June 12. Both 11U Westlock teams in Pool A and Pool B finished in second place and took home a silver medal, noted Brand, while another highlight was the baseball and softball camp hosted by the Red Lions at the end of May.
“We’ve already set a meeting to review the season, how it went and what we can do to improve and make the next season better,” Brand concluded.
Heart and Hustle – Easton O’Quinn
Most Improved – Grayson Sjostrom
Heart and Hustle – Ryker Beamish
Most Improved – Lincoln Miller
U9 Softball Provencal
Heart and Hustle – Ellia Young
Most Improved – Alyvia Mortensen
Heart and Hustle – Nathan Holt
Most Improved – Reid Bowker
Heart and Hustle by Dylan Gibson
Most Improved – Kolton Krauss
U11 Softball Morkin
Heart and Hustle by Amelia Hala-Tumato
Most Improved – Adalee Alderman
Heart and Hustle – Dayce Madson
Most Improved – Noah McNelly
U13 Softball Krauss
Heart and Hustle – Sadie Budgen
Most Improved – Kate Wolff
Kristine Jean, TownandCountryToday.com