Mosquito Heat host ‘A’ provincials, place second

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake’s Mosquito Heat boys’ baseball team hosted the Tier III ‘A’ provincial championship tournament on the weekend. Considering the forecast, the weather turned out to be not too bad, and all the games were completed within the allotted three days.

The Heat won their first two games, putting them on top of their pool of three. Saturday morning (a game that was rained out Friday night), the Heat topped High Prairie 13 – 12 in a very close and exciting contest. Then Saturday evening they ‘mercied’ the Sox, a team from Southwest Edmonton – 13 – 2 in four innings.

That set up Sunday’s mid-day semi-final against “a very good Parkland Twins team,” says head coach Kevin Campbell. Liam Dierker and Colby Campbell went three innings apiece on the mound and held off the Twins for a 4 – 3 Slave Lake win.

Sunday evening’s final didn’t go the Heat’s way. The Strathcona A’s ended up with a 6 – 1 victory and the provincial championship.

“Great effort all season from a great group of kids,” says Campbell, of his team.

The silver medal-winning Slave Lake Mosquito Heat.

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