Alberta Wild battle for gold at 2017 World Masters Games

With action underway at the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand, Red Deer is well represented.

The Alberta Wild, a ladies fastball team playing in the 35 plus competitive division, is looking to bring home another medal.

The group has seven returning players from a bronze medal winning team in 2013 in Turin, Italy. They will have to defeat 10 other teams from around the globe if they hope to capture gold.

Trudy Haraldson, Val Steckler, and Michelle Loiselle all play in the Red Deer Ladies Fastball league and are joined by former local residents Lisa Loitz (Leduc), Michelle Wiggins (Calgary) and Heidi Chant (Maidstone).

Allison Wright, Tracy Nelson and Karla Skog hail from Calgary. Tania Hauser and Janice Haughian are from Lloydminster.

Rhonda Palmer and Pam Wood from Kamloops round out the roster.

In their opening game against host New Zealand on Sunday, the Wild picked up a 7-1 victory. Wiggins pitched four innings and only allowed one run, before teammate Tracy Nelson shut the door.

The Wild suffered a 10-5 loss to the Vicsens Juniors in game two on Monday. They won their third game 14-3 against the Easy Riders. The tournament concludes on April 30.

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