Two local athletes and two coaches competed at the 2023 U17 Girl's Canadian Fast Pitch Championship in Saskatoon Saskatchewan from August 9-13.
The tournament saw 24 teams from across Canada, our athletes played for the second Alberta team called the Drumheller Southern AB Revolution. Their run at the tournament came to an end in the semi-finals.
Claira Stone (athlete) and Rodrigo Juarez (Assistant Coach) are from Airdrie, while Mattea Burrill (athlete) and her dad Kevin Burrill (Head Coach) are from Crossfield.
In the tournament the Revolution went 4-1 in pool play, only losing to the team that would end up winning the tournament, Fraser Valley who were also the defending champs. Other than that, the local team beat was able to get past the White Rock Renegades (British Columbia), NL Selects (Newfoundland), Oakville Angels (Ontario) and the Saskatoon Phantoms (Saskatchewan). They finished second in their pool.
Heading into playoffs the Revolution showed they were a top team in the tournament winning two straight games against Ontario teams before losing to the Surrey Storm (British Columbia) in the semi-final.
With this season being officially over, Burrill is heading into Grade 12 this upcoming year while Stone graduated and is on a full-ride softball scholarship to Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.
The week before this tournament, these two girls and other local athletes participated in the Senior Little League Softball World Series where they also made it all the way to the semi-final.
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