Baseball bronze for Bantam Dawgs
Alberta Summer Games: Four foothills players earn diamond medal
Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 06:00 am
Some quick thinking on the basepaths got Big Country on the podium.
Blackie’s Mitch Newman slid home to clinch the 10-0 victory in six innings as Zone 2 mercied Zone 4 in the bronze-medal match at the Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie on Sunday.
“I got the winning run, it was a pass-ball and I slid in and we won,” said Newman. “We all cheered and tried to keep it respectful.”
Big Country used a small-ball approach to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with Okotokian first-baseman Kye Seitz driving in a run on a slap single to right field to put Zone 2 off to the races versus their counterparts from Parkland.
“We played really well and it was our best game of the tournament, really,” said Okotoks’ Danny Donnelly, Big Country’s centre-fielder.
“We knew we wanted to come away with at least bronze just to know that we’re actually third in the province and were happy with that.”
Revenge was also on the mind of Big Country in the third-place contest as it looked to atone for its 8-2 loss to Parkland in the round-robin opener on Friday.
Big Country rallied for a 12-1 thumping of Edmonton’s Zone 6 and a 7-2 win over the North East zone. Its 2-1 record placed Big Country in a semifinal showdown with the juggernaut Zone 3 team representing Calgary. The Calgarians would come out on top 10-2 en route to a silver medal in Airdrie.
“It was what I expected going in, it was strong competition. A lot of those guys we saw on those teams we play against in league (play),” Donnelly said.
“It was a great experience. Really, really well set up. The volunteers and the way it was set up was all done absolutely amazingly.”
Newman, one of four Okotoks Bantam Dawgs on the roster alongside Seitz, Donnelly and Jacob Libbus of Turner Valley, said the Big Country coaching staff offered some well wishes for the departing players from a Zone 2 featuring players from Oyen and Three Hills to Diamond Valley.
“They were really proud of us,” Newman said of the coaching staff. “They thought we should never give up and have a good season with our regular teams.”
Newman and the Bantam Red Dawgs are off to the Tier II provincial championships this weekend in Calgary while Donnelly and company take the Bantam Black Dawgs to the Tier I Alberta championships in St. Albert.
“I think we will do well, I want to win,” Newman said. “Sometimes we have our days and sometimes we don’t.”
For more information on the Alberta Summer Games go to 2014airdriegames.ca