The Red Deer Rage U14A girls laid it all on the line to earn a trip to the Western Canadian Championships in Winnipeg.
Last weekend, the Rage punched their ticket to Westerns with a gold medal win at Softball Alberta Provincials in Sherwood Park.
A long weekend of rain delays forced the Red Deer squad to play seven games in just 36 hours on the way to the title.
They went 4-0 in round robin and squared off with St. Albert in the semis. Despite a late push, the Rage held on and earned a place in the final with a 5-4 victory.
Red Deer fell behind 3-0 in the final against the Calgary Kaizen but rallied back to tie it in the bottom of the fifth. Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth, the Rage cashed a pair of runs to take the lead into the seventh. With runners on second and third and only up a run, pitcher Julie Cunningham knocked down a line drive and threw the Kaizen runner out to clinch the victory. Cunningham and Sarah Wilkins combined to pitch 50 innings over the weekend for the Rage.
The Rage roster includes Annalisa Trieber, Ava Burghardt, Briley Christensen, Brooke Zinken, Cora Hilts, Dani Lajeunesse, Julia Cunningham, Kaitlin Blair, Katie Scobie, Peyton Smalley, Rhyen Hannett and Sarah Wilkins. They are coached by Jeff Zinken and assistants are Marsha Smalley, Dana Hannett, Derry Burghardt and Darren Blair.