LAKELAND – St. Paul Storm’s U13 and U15 Girls Softball teams won gold medals in the Provincial Girls Softball competition on July 10 held in St. Paul.
The U13 Girls team won the against the Oyen Orioles 15-2, and the U15 Girls team won 8-7 against the Lethbridge Heat.
For the U13 Girls Softball team, the players’ hard work paid off, according to U13 coach Cory Robinson.
“As long as they show up and give everything 110 per cent and willing to learn, that's what happens when they're willing to learn, you win,” says Robinson. "We practice every day, or every week, twice a week, and we practice hard.”
The U13 girls softball team from St. Paul consisted of 11 players who all loved the sport, and according to Robinson, which made coaching easier. He says when the team had two-hour practices, they stayed for two extra hours just playing on the field.
“They want to be there, so that makes everything a lot easier,” he says. “We just put them in game type scenarios a lot of times - work on hitting, work on scenarios, and get them mentally involved in the games.”
Robinson says both the semi-finals and finals stages of the tournament were intense. The St. Paul U13 team won the semi-final by one run before proceeding to fight for the gold medal at the finals.
At one point during the finals game, Robinson says the Orioles was winning 11-3, but the Storm came back and won 15-12. Robinson says that the team had fun and the next step for the U13 Girls Softball team is to, “Enjoy the summer.”
Lakeland This Week was unable to reach the coaches for the U15 team prior to press deadline.