Elnora Eagles end exciting season with U14B Provincial Championship win

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Two seasons ago, the Elnora “little Eagles” formed, setting goals to work toward achieving over the next year and a half.

Knowing their first season would be a “learning year,” the girls began training at the Trochu Valley School gym in February of 2017, preparing to join a new level of competition as a young team in the Girls Prairie Softball League. Although there were more losses than wins in their first year together, the girls worked hard to improve, ending with season highlights of winning bronze medals at both the 2017 provincial championship in Strathmore and while on the sports trip of their career, Little League Nationals in Victoria, B.C.

In 2018, the team came back a year older and stronger, causing many people to pay attention and ask, “Where is Elnora anyways?” Beginning the 2018 competitive season, the Eagles went undefeated to win the Strathmore B tournament - the season was off to an exciting start!

Next the girls participated in GPLS tournaments in Spruce Grove and St. Albert leading up to the GPLS championship weekend in Coach Al’s hometown of Unity, Saskatchewan - goal one. It was a thrilling weekend, with the girls demonstrating incredible defense, allowing only one run in total to be scored against them in the first four games! The girls continued to swing hot bats in the final game against the competitive home team, upsetting the Unity Panthers in an 11-6 victory to win the U14B GPLS league championship Cassidy Cup.

Finally, July 6-8 brought the provincial championship in Sherwood Park - goal two. With unbeatable defense, strong pitching, and steady bats, the Eagles managed to mercy their first six competitors in round robin, cross-over and semifinal play: Calgary Nose Creek, Beaumont, Edmonton River City, Strathmore, Leslieville, and Olds. That left the gold medal game against a rival team, St. Albert. The Eagles, however, continued to dominate, with several players making their biggest, most exciting hits, catches and plays of the season. It was an 8-1 gold medal win for the Eagles!

Certainly, it was a season they will always remember!