The Saskatoon Tigers rolled undefeated through a three-day tournament in Warman to capture the provincial Women’s Senior C fastball championship last weekend.
But it wasn’t easy.
The Tigers faced their toughest challenge in the semi-final on Sunday, July 30, when they squared off against the defending 2016 champions, the Saskatoon Grizzlies. With the game tied 2-2, the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on to punch their ticket to the final.
The Tigers went on to cruise to a 6-0 win over the Saskatoon Connextion in the championship game.
“The girls played well,” said Tigers coach James Southam. “They seemed to get better every game. It was nice to watch, and I’m very proud of them.
“The toughest contest was definitely the semi-final against the Grizzlies. We had our best defensive game of the season against them, and if we hadn’t done that we would have lost for sure. Give the Grizzlies credit, they’re a good team.”
Southam said the Tigers, who are a “mid- to lower team” in Division 1 of the Saskatoon Amateur Softball Association, set a goal of doing well in provincials this season. The team members opted to compete for the Women’s Senior C title.
“We have a lot of moms with small kids on this team, and they don’t like to travel too far, so we picked this provincial tournament in part because of its proximity to home,” said Southam.”
The Grizzlies were the host club for the tournament. Players, along with volunteers from Warman, kept things running smoothly.
“The weekend went really great,” said Roy Bedient, coach of the Grizzlies and leader of the volunteer crew. “People had nothing but good comments about our facilities here. Warman hasn’t hosted a senior provincial fastball championship for probably ten or fifteen years, but I think we’ll see more of this in the future. It’s good for fastball and it’s good for the community.”
Bedient said his team members worked hard on the diamond and off.
“They wanted to host it, and I think they did a good job,” he said, adding the semi-final game against the Tigers showed how competitive the tournament was.
“Our defense was strong, and we were hitting well, but we make one or two mistakes and it ends up costing us,” said Bedient. “That was what happened in the semi-final against the Tigers.”
Bedient said he expects the same group of players to return next year, and they may bid to host the provincial tournament in Warman again in 2018.
“There is no downside to bringing something like this out here,” he said.