CALGARY— With back-to-back wins on Saturday (Aug. 8) at the Sandarac Ball Diamonds in Calgary, the Cochrane Crush has earned itself an automatic bye into the championship game.
Foothills and Centennial, the other two teams within the three-team cohort play on Wednesday (Aug. 12) to determine which will face off against the Crush.
On a normal year with a full season, the Crush would have a longer season with regional tournaments, or provincials to look forward to. Unfortunately, with the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the boys in orange will end their season with the championship game this weekend.
“It’s exciting for the kids,” said head coach and president of Cochrane Minor Ball, Corey O’How. “We’re not really playing for a whole bunch, other than bragging rights, but it’s something fun for the kids to play for.”
“The kids really hit the ball well all weekend,” he said. “That’s kind of always been our strength and we’ve been waiting for that to show up, and I think that was kind of the first weekend where the kids really hit the ball like they can.”
O’How added that he thought the kids brought a lot of “positive energy” to the games this past weekend.
The championship game of the season will take place this Saturday (Aug. 15) at the Matt Kroll ball diamonds.
“They’re looking forward to it; they’re just looking forward to having some fun and kind of playing for something,” said O’How. “When you’re playing good it’s always a little bit more fun too. The way they were hitting the ball, they were excited about that.
“It will be fun and a good way to wrap up the year,” he added.