For the Lakeside Leader
With time winding down and the season almost coming to a close, I thought now would be a good time to inform you on the Slave Lake baseball junior players playing over in Barrhead for this season.
As you may or may not know, Barrhead is sitting at 11-5 on the year, good enough for second in the five-team league. First place is St. Albert with a 15-5 record and Innisfail is sitting close behind in third with a 10-6 record. Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton are the other teams in the league with four wins apiece. (St. Albert has more games played because us and Innisfail had a couple weekends rained out.)
We are preparing for Provincials August 4-6 in Innisfail. Winner of the Alberta Junior AAA provincials gets to represent Alberta in the upcoming Westerns Championship in St. Albert this year. If St. Albert makes it to the finals at provincials and wins, then the runner up gets a birth in the Westerns Championship as St. Albert is already hosting. With that being said, there may be a pretty good shot at making it to Westerns as I believe it’s going to be a three-headed monster battle between Barrhead, St. Albert and Innisfail at provincials.
But taking nothing for granted as anything can happen in baseball. But stats suggest, those 3 teams are the favorites going into the tournament.
Now for the fun stuff. The Barrhead team consists of 7 returning players from the 2017 Slave Lake Junior AAA provincial winning team that represented team Alberta at Brandon, Manitoba last year. The team consists of 5 Slave Lake boys, 1 from Athabasca and 9 from the Barrhead area. All the boys are contributing well this year, whether is be with their bats or exceptional defense with Brayden Stasow and Ian Pollard leading the way offensively with batting averages of .436 and .400 respectively.
Returning 2017 Slave Lake Junior AAA players:
Brayden Stasow (Catcher, Shortstop) -Slave Lake
Cole Stasow (Center field) – Slave Lake
Dalton Masur (2nd base) – Slave Lake
Daniel Masur (Left field) – Slave Lake
Ian Pollard (Pitcher, 3rd base) – Slave Lake
Justin Kwasney (1st base, DH) – Athabasca
Lee Worobec (Pitcher, Catcher) – Barrhead
Cody Stasow (Head Coach) – Slave Lake
Should be a very interesting provincial championships in Innisfail to say the least. I feel we have a really good chance of going all the way, as long as our pitching and defense live up to the challenge of the very strong St. Albert and Innisfail offenses.