ALBERTON -- The P.E.I. provincial girls Under 18 girls softball team posted a 2-0 record while the Under 14 and Under 16 teams each posted a 1-2 record following mini-tournament play in Alberton Sunday.
The U16 Remax Ravens opened the tournament with an 8-5 win over the U14 Halthorn Global Eagles, but the Eagles came out on top of a 10-3 score against the Ravens in their second game.
The U18 ScotiaBank Reds won Game 3, 10-5 over the Ravens and finished the tournament with a 12-2 win over the Eagles.
Coaches of the provincial teams were pleased with the effort.
“We were hoping to compete with the U16 team,” admitted Eagles coach Chris Halliwell. “We were very impressed with how our girls played, we got a solid pitching from all four pitchers, and our bats were alive all day.
Ravens coach Mark Quinn enjoyed the event. “As a coach it was an excellent opportunity for me to play all my players in various positions and to work on several line-up combinations,” he acknowledged. Until this point in the season, Quinn said his U16s had not come up against a team that ran the bases as well and as often as the U14s and admitted defense is something his team will have to work on.
Quinn was encouraged with how well his team played and how comfortable they looked against the U18s, a positive sign, he suggested, as his team prepares for national competition in August.
All three teams are gearing up towards national competition.
Reds coach Jeff Ellsworth praised the U14s and U16s, noting both are well coached. “We played good ball, we hit the ball hard and played great defense,” Ellsworth reported on the Reds effort.