Drumheller Girls Softball team is gearing up to hosting the Girls Softball Peewee ‘D’ Provincials at the Newcastle Diamond in July, kicking off the tournament playing in the first game on Friday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m.
“I believe this is the first time Drumheller girls softball has hosted the provincials,” said coach Shari Fournier, “so we are very excited!”
The girls will be competing against 10 other teams in a round-robin format in two pools, the top two teams will get to battle it out in the playoffs on Sunday.
Fournier explained that although the girls haven’t been in a league this year, they have been a strong team, losing only three games in the past year.
“Our biggest challenge will be the weather,” she told The Mail. “It is very hot in Drumheller in July and being out there all day for three days will be pretty taxing. We have a pretty small team with 11 girls so it doesn’t give them a lot of opportunity for rest.”
As this will mark the end of the season, and some of the girls, who have played in this team for the last four years, will move up to bantam, these will be their last games as a team. A victory would be great to round things off for the girls.
“Our goal is to make it to the playoffs and have a chance to win,” said Fournier.
Plenty is being organized to make the event a success, and Fournier told The Mail she is extremely pleased with the support they have received from parents and the community.
“We have a pretty good group of parents who are really jumping on board to help out. We have had unbelievable support from the community, through donations for prizes or adverts in our program, it’s just been phenomenal!”