© Herald photo by Kristen McEwen
The Prince Albert U14 Astros gather for a gold medal group shot after defeating the Warman Panthers 16-5 to defend their Western Championship title. The Astros were undefeated all season.
The Under-14 Astros defended their title as reigning champs at the Western Canadian Softball Championship in Lloydminster this weekend.
The Astros defeated the Warman Panthers 16-5 in an all-Saskatchewan gold medal game on Monday afternoon.
“It was an excellent weekend,” said coach Derek Smith. “The boys pulled through very well.”
The Astros were 5-0 in their robin games. The Prince Albert team beat the Warman Panthers 10-2 and the 100 Mile House from British Columbia 16-0 on Friday.
The Astros then continued on to win against the Napanee Express from Ontario 3-2 on Saturday morning.
The Saturday afternoon game resulted in the Astros dominating the game against the Pimickimak Thunder from Manitoba 16-0.
The Astros beat the Napanee Express once more on Sunday with a score of 9-2 in five innings to advance to the final game on Monday.
Smith said the Astros bats came alive this weekend with 94 runs in seven games.
“The pitchers threw their hearts out all weekend,” he said. “Seven games in four days (does) get to be a lot.”
But by the time the final game came around, the boys were still ready to defend their title.
“It was a fun and enjoyable weekend,” Smith said. “This weekend we’ll remember for a long time.”