The Prince Albert Aces Bantam Girls B team ended their season in fifth place at the provincial championships Moose Jaw this weekend.
“It was somewhat of a disappointing end to the season,” coach Robert Paul said. “But we have to hold our heads high and be proud of how we did.”
The Aces lost in the first round of playoffs 4-3 to the Melfort Heat on Sunday.
“This was a team that just had some bad luck along the way,” Paul said. “There wasn’t a team at provincials that we couldn’t have beat.”
The tournament started out rough for the Aces, losing to the Moose Jaw Ice 8-5 on Friday night.
Though the team bounced back the next morning, when the Aces defeated the Twin City Angels 10-3 on Saturday.
But when it came to their third game of the tournament, the Aces lost 7-2 to the Regina Royals 7-2 on Saturday evening.
Paul said there were a few plays throughout the games this weekend that could be chalked up to the ball taking bad bounces.
Injuries also had a factor in the outcome of the final scores.
“Several girls played hard over the season and overcame some shoulder and throwing injuries, pulled muscles and strains,” he said. “Some of these girls were really bearing down and playing hard though they weren’t playing 100 per cent in our final game.”
Paul mentioned that pitcher Christy Bouvier came in for two innings, despite the possibility of a pulled muscle. Bouvier will also be playing for Team Saskatchewan at the North American Indigenous Games in Regina this week.
“Pitching was outstanding, batting was excellent,” he said. “There were nine girls on the team that were batting a .500 average.”
First baseman Paige Hinsen had improved hitting throughout the season, almost guaranteeing to be on base about 90 per cent of the time, Paul said.
He noted that the score didn’t reflect how hard the girls played during the weekend.
“Our last game against Melfort, we played super well, it was just a great game,” Paul said.
The Aces fifth place finish doesn’t reflect the achievements the team had throughout the season, including a gold medal win at the Early Bird tournament in Saskatoon in May.
“Generally speaking, I found these girls were incredibly hard working,” Paul said. “The vast majority of them were always at practice and cared about what they were doing. Our motto was to focused and when they were focused, they were outstanding.”