Ponoka’s Amy Lank competed in the Canadian Fastball Championships in Montreal Que. recently and her team won the U-21 championships.

Ponoka’s Amy Lank competed in the Canadian Fastball Championships in Montreal Que. recently and her team won the U-21 championships.

Ponoka fastballer brings home the gold

Amy Lank returned home from the Canadian Fastball championship in Montreal Quebec, wearing a gold medal around her neck.

SUBMITTED BY FRED LAWRENCE

Amy Lank returned home from the Canadian Fastball championship in Montreal Quebec, wearing a gold medal around her neck. Amy played for the Alberta Wildcat Warriors; a team based out of the city of Edmonton. The Warriors won the 2014 Women’s U-21 National Fastball Championship. They defeated the defending champions Les Rebelles Langlois 3-2 in the championship final game.

Warriors were 4-2 in the round robin of the tournament which took place between Aug. 12 and Aug. 17 and they could reach the finals after defeating the hosts Quebec Rebelles Dagenais, who they had lost to during the round robin stage.

“In the final game, I had bunted in the third inning to safely get to first, after their catcher made an error, I advanced to the third. Our next batter was hit by a pitch and therefore given first base. She stole second, and I stole home… scoring our first run,” Lank said recalling her performance in the deciding game.

“We scored another run in that inning and then one in the 5th– putting us up 3-0 going into the seventh. The defending champs rallied back in the bottom of the 7th with 4 hits, scoring 2 runs with two outs. The ball was hit to our third baseman and the final out was recorded.”

This is the first time the Warriors have ever won a national championship.