Busy weekend ahead for Prince Albert softball squads

Andrew Schopp
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It’s going to be a busy weekend for Prince Albert softball squads as several provincial championships get underway in Saskatoon, Unity and Regina. 

A total of seven Prince Albert softball teams will compete at the provincial level on July 4-6.

Here’s what each team will be up to over the weekend.

Girl’s U12 ‘A’ Aces -- Saskatoon, July 4-6

The Prince Albert Aces will head to the Bridge City on Friday to take on a field of 10 teams from across the province.

Placed in the Green Pool, the Aces will kick things off on Friday at 4:30 p.m. against the Saskatoon Lasers as round-robin play continues on Saturday with tilts with the Regina Lazers at 2 p.m. and the Moose Jaw Ice at 6:30 p.m.

A coin toss will determine home team advantage for all round-robin games of the tournament with the top three teams in each pool advancing to the championship round, which kicks off on Sunday at 9 a.m. at Glenn Reeve Fields.

Girl’s U18 ‘A’ Aces -- Saskatoon, July 4-6

The Prince Albert Source for Sports Aces take to Saskatoon on Friday for the U18 ‘A’ provincial championship.

Going up against a pair of teams from Saskatoon and Regina, the Aces are the lone squad from outside Saskatchewan’s two largest cities competing in the five-team event.

On Friday, the Aces get going with round-robin play against the Regina Kaos at 12 p.m. before taking on the Saskatoon Scotia Bank Selects at 4 p.m. 

The Aces will conclude round-robin play with a tilt against the Regina Riot on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The top four teams will advance to the championship round, with the top two teams awarded a double life.

The championship round gets going at Bob Van Impe Stadium and Glenn Reeve Field on Saturday at 6 p.m., concluding on Sunday at 6 p.m. 

Girl’s U14 ‘A’ Aces -- Saskatoon, July 4-6

Taking on teams from Saskatoon, Deslisle, Regina and Butte in their six-team pool, the Prince Albert Lake Boyz Aces commence round-robin play on Friday with their opening tilt against the Deslisle Thunder at 10 a.m. 

Round-robin play will continue for the Aces on Friday with a match against the Saskatoon Lasers at 4 p.m. before meeting the White Butte Storm on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The top two teams in each pool will advance to the championship round which gets going on Sunday at Glenn Reeve Field with the big match scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Girl’s U14 ‘B’ Aces -- Unity, July 4-6 

Competing in a one-pool, seven-team tournament, the Prince Albert Aces will be in Unity over the weekend.  

The Aces will kick things off against the Unity Panthers on Friday at 6:30 p.m. for the day’s lone tilt.

On Saturday, the Aces will wrap up round-robin play with tilts against the Saskatoon Raiders at 11 a.m., the Twin City Angels at 1:30 p.m. and the Macklin Lakers at 6:30 p.m.

All games will be played at the Elks and Lions diamonds in Unity with the championship game scheduled for 2 p.m.

The top four teams in round-robin play will advance to the championship round. 

Boy’s U18 ‘A’ Astros -- Saskatoon, July 4-6

The Astros will have to get past one team to take home the provincial title, the Saskatoon Selects.

With all games taking place at Gordie Howe Park in Saskatoon, the Astros will play their first match against the Selects on Friday at 8:30 p.m. followed by two more on Saturday at 12:30 p.m and 6:30 p.m.

If necessary, the pair will play against on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and a fifth game on a date to be determined later. 

Regardless of the outcome over the weekend, both teams will advance to the U18 Canadian Championships. 

Boy’s U16 ‘A’ Astros -- Saskatoon, July 4-6

Facing a similar situation as their U18 counter parts, the U16 Astros will head to the Canadian Championship no matter what.

Playing for bragging rights against the Saskatoon Selects, the Astros will play three games over the weekend on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If necessary, the pair will play again on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and a fifth game on a date to be determined later.

All games will be played at Gordie Howe Park in Saskatoon. 

Girl’s Bantam ‘A’ Aces play catch up in Regina on Sunday 

After getting rained out last weekend, the girl’s Bantam ‘A’ Aces are in Regina on Sunday to finish their provincial championship tournament. 

Last Friday, the Aces beat the Saskatoon Hustlers 16-1 and the Regina Royals 12-4. On Saturday, they beat the Saskatoon Lasers 13-2 and the Lumsden Cubs 9-2 to finish first in their pool.

The Aces will face the winner of the Southeast Regional Hawks and Conquest Coyotes on Sunday back in Regina.

If the Aces lose that game, they will be bronze medallists. If they win, they will advance to the gold medal game against the Regina Lazers at 4 p.m.

The top two teams in each pool advance to Westerns in Duncan, B.C., so they already have that spot booked. But the winner of the provincial final will head to Brampton, Ont., to compete in Nationals.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Astros, Saskatoon Scotia Bank Selects Unity Panthers Saskatoon Raiders Twin City Angels Elks

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Regina, Bridge City Saskatchewan Bob Van Impe Stadium Gordie Howe Park Southeast Regional Hawks Duncan Brampton Nationals

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