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Sox take provincial silver at home

During the last three years of Sox Midget baseball, the boys of summer have brought home the hardware.

During the last three years of Sox Midget baseball, the boys of summer have brought home the hardware.

The boys have taken three medals in the last three years, including Tier II silver in 2008, Tier II gold in 2009, and most recently, Tier I silver in 2010. That’s quite an accomplishment, which has put Elk Point on the map as one of the elite baseball towns in the province.

This past weekend, the Elk Point Sox Midget ball team had home field advantage, and came away with a silver medal finish. Fourteen years of Midget Sox baseball, Elk Point has hosted 10 provincial championships, and taken home four provincial medals – two gold and two silver medals.

And even if the team did have to settle for silver this year, the boys played the very best ball in the province and finished second out of a total 30 teams in Alberta.

Sure, the Sox would have preferred to have the gold medal, but to be in line with the Alberta Baseball pitch count rules, the Sox were forced to burn up two top pitchers in the semi-final game just to get to the final, and another two in the round robin just to make it to the semi-finals. The team could have saved a pitcher for the final, but might not have got that far. One more arm is all that was needed, and of course some more runs.

In the end, Heisler won the gold, and will go on to represent Alberta at the Westerns. The Elk Point Sox took the silver. Grande Prairie and Innisfail lost out in the semi-finals.