Rally cap team wins tourney

by Phil Ambroziak

The origins of modern baseball are centuries old, but even in 2015 there’s still a first time for everything.

This past weekend, Meadow Lake Minor Baseball’s senior rally cap team went undefeated in three games to win the NEZ Rookie Machine Pitch tournament in Edmonton. It was the first tournament a rally cap team from Meadow Lake has ever attended.

“We haven’t done anything like this since launching the program about four or five years ago,” explained coach and Meadow Lake Minor Baseball co-president Regan Beck. “This year, we wanted to put together more of a tournament team. We were able to get 11 guys signed up and a few practices in before heading to Edmonton.”

The rally cap program, which serves as an introduction to the sport of baseball for children around seven and eight years of age and younger, has traditionally been used to help develop basic skills and to generate interest in competitive play. However, Beck said by entering tournaments, younger players can now get a better idea of what it’s like to play baseball at a higher level.

“We weren’t sure what to expect going into the tournament, but we have some talented kids,” Beck continued.

Meadow Lake defeated Edmonton 18-15 in their opening game before toppling a squad from Kilkenny, AB 18-5. In their final game of the weekend, Meadow Lake defeated another Edmonton team 13-7.
This Sunday, the team is off to Prince Albert to compete in a similar tournament.

“It will be another chance for more skill development,” he said. “We have high hopes for our minor baseball program going forward when it comes to provincial championships, the earlier we can prepare the kids the better. I hope we see similar results in Prince Albert.”

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