Angels tune up for nationals

Twin City Angels catcher Hayley McLean puts the tag on the Unity Panthers runner before she crosses the plate during an exhibition game at Prairie Oasis Park on July 26

The Twin City Angels are doing their part to be prepared for the upcoming U16 Girl’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championship in Winnipeg, August 15 to 19.
The Angels played an exhibition game against the Unity U16 B Panthers on July 26, and Twin City came out on top 5-4 in extra innings at Prairie Oasis Park in Warman.
The Angels were happy to get the win, but the main objective of the matchup was to keep the team in game form so the players aren’t rusty come nationals.
“There’s a huge break between provincials and nationals, said Angels assistant coach Nevada Smith. “These guys (Unity) weren’t actually in our division, but that game time is really needed. Hitting off the pitchers and actually get some more live experience.”
The Angels took a 1-0 lead early in the contest, but the Panthers quickly tied it up, as Unity was not taking the exhibition game lightly.
“(Unity) won their provincial division, so we knew it was going to be a good competition,” Smith said.
Twin City had a 3-1 lead entering the fifth inning. However, Unity battled back to tie the game and then the Panthers took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning.
The Angels tied it up in their half of the inning. After both teams were scoreless in the seventh, the game went into extra innings, where Twin City won in walk-off fashion.

Teagan Weiman reached for the ball to make contact but ends up grounding out

The exhibition matchup was a great way to introduce the pick-up players to the team and see where they fit during a live game
“It was really nice to see everyone mesh together, make some really good plays and push against a good team,” Smith said. “The girls have been more than welcoming to them (the pick up players) and they did some great things tonight.”
The Angels are going to face some tough competition at the national tournament and getting extra games to find out what exactly the players need to work on is beneficial, compared to just only holding practices.
“It’s different when you’re in a game. That intensity and just getting every one actually going, by that cheering, and the whole package. Its a major difference once you get into the game,” Smith said.
In the contest against Unity, Smith said she noticed a lot of positive play from the team, but added the players have to work on certain aspects of the game, before the team competes in Winnipeg.

Kate Misskey winds up and was ready to smack the ball
Anne Marie Collins records the out at first base
Kate Kessler makes contact with the ball but ends up grounding out