LAKELAND – After the regular minor league baseball season wrapped up earlier this month, seven Lakeland U15 athletes were selected to play in the bi-annual Alberta Zone Championships.
The tournament is meant to showcase the best 15U players in the provinces.
Asked to join the Zone 7 roster were Bonnyville players Mason Fox, Aiden and Josh Bourbeau, Cooper Gouliquer, and Logan McMillan.
Also playing for the northeastern team was Carson Milot from Two Hills, who played the 2022 season with St. Paul Minor Ball, and Cade McConnell who is also from the St. Paul area.
The Zone 7 team travelled to Strathmore for the Aug. 19-21 weekend to take part in the provincial tournament.
While the team only managed to win one out of four games, it “was a very competitive tournament in Strathmore and the boys were in every game,” said Andy Gouliquer.
Gouliquer coached the Bonnyville Braves U15AA team and volunteered his time to help the local Zone 7 players prepare for the provincial tournament before they were able to join up with other Zone 7 players selected from Fort McMurray, Lloydminster and other areas within the zone.
Despite the final outcome, the trip was an amazing experience for the Lakeland’s U15 players, he said.
“Our record does not indicate how well we played as the scores were all very close.”
The Alberta zone tournament takes place every two years. Every other year, the Alberta Summer Games are hosted.