The Prince Albert Astros advanced to the playoffs with a 5-4 win over the St. George Spartans at the Boys U15 Nationals in Wilmot, Ontario.
The Astros trailed 3-1 until the bottom of the fourth when the club rallied for three runs to take a 4-3 lead. Prince Albert hit another run in the fifth and came close in the seventh to seal the win.
“The most important thing is that the players are just having fun,” Astros manager Jordan Ambrose said after the game. We were all pretty nervous, but we were able to let go of our anxiety and start playing for each other, lagging behind each other, supporting each other, and turning around. thing.”
The Spartans had a chance to inflict more damage when they pushed in one run in the top of the seventh and loaded the bases with two outs. However, the final St. George batter hit a swing to give the Astros the win.
The teams will face the Quebec champions on Saturday at 7:30 am CST. The game will have a big impact on the playoffs.
“We’ve qualified for the playoffs. We still don’t know where we’ll end up,” said Ambrose. “That[match]will likely decide where we stand, but we made it. We’re in the playoffs, so that’s a good thing.”
The Astros head into Saturday’s final round robin game with a 3-3 record, thanks to a challenging start to the tournament. Delays and other travel problems prevented the team from reaching Wilmot until late Tuesday night and had to play early Wednesday morning.
Prince Albert lost both games 15-2 combined on Wednesday before rebounding wins over the Nickerson Twins and Newfoundland Selectos on Thursday.
“It was a quick turnaround,” said Ambrose. “On that first day the boys were pretty tired (and) we didn’t play well. On Thursday we had a good night’s sleep, got the game back and played very well.”
The Astros lost 11-1 to hosts Wilmot Thunder on Friday morning, but won again over St. George to qualify for the playoffs. Wilmot sits in the top spot heading into the final day of round-robin action with his 5-1 record. Prince Albert is tied for fourth place with Team Quebec.
Six of the eight clubs participating in the tournament make it to the playoffs. The top two teams have to lose him twice in the knockout stages. The remaining four teams he loses only once.
Ambrose said the visit was inspiring for the players, especially given how many fans watch Softball Canada livestream in Prince Albert.
“We really appreciate the support,” he said. “Our phones are blowing up with every play and every win, so it’s so exciting to know that everyone is watching us from home and cheering us on.”
Sub-headline: Delayed game in Saskatoon leaves Aces 2-2
Due to rain delays, the Prince Albert Aces’ game against Team Manitoba didn’t start until just after 7pm at the Women’s U15 Nationals on Friday.
The Aces entered the final day 2-2, thanks to wins over the St. Albert Angels on Wednesday and the PEI Whitecaps on Thursday. Final scores for Friday’s contest were not available by press time.
Ace also has to play Sally Storm outside BC before ending round robin action. The game was scheduled to start at 8:00 PM on Friday.
Astros postpone late charge to earn playoff spot at Nationals
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