Panthers’ preparation focuses on provincials

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CHARLES TWEED/Ponoka News

The Ponoka midget girls’ fastball team battled it out against Stettler on June 7 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex diamond.

Ponoka got off to a slow start with the bat and in the end it cost them, losing a 15-14 decision.

“Stettler was hitting a lot of holes and there was nothing we could do about it,” said coach Courtney MacMillan “We were down 9-1 after the first three innings and came all the way back and almost tied it up in the last.”

Jackie Bruno took the loss on the mound and at times was wild early but settled in nicely to give the squad a shot in the final inning. Bruno was picked up defensively by Jessica Sperber who made a couple of nice grabs in left field.

The team, which is made up of girls 16, 17 and 18-years old, will compete at provincials in Leduc July 1 to 3.

“We have some girls who haven’t played in a few years but with each game and each practice we are seeing improvement,” said MacMillan.

Ponoka has five league games remaining on the season and hopes to continue to get better in preparation for provincials.

“We’re energetic and it’s a fun group of girls to coach. They want to learn the game and get better so our focus is to take each game as practice, to get better and hopefully represent Ponoka well at the midget girls fastball provincial tournament,” explained MacMillan.