The Heat have high expectations for themselves this weekend.
Kristin Gomersall of the Heat attempts to steal third base asTanya McLean of the Hustlers applies the tag during Senior Ladies Fastball League action on Wednesday night at Caribou Heights. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The local women’s team is heading to Saskatoon for the Softball Saskatchewan Senior C provincial championship.
“We placed second last year, so I think our team this year, is even more developed and have gelled together. I really think we will be competitive there,” said Denise Burns, co-coach of the Heat.
The core is similar to the same as last year when the finished second overall, which was encouraging for Burns and the Heat, but they also picked up some extra players for the weekend.
“It is the same core,” said Burns. “They did great last year and with the extra people we picked up this year, I think it will make a big difference.”
There are six teams that will be competing for the title and four of them are Saskatoon-based teams.
“We aren’t sure what we are going to see this year, but we are looking forward to it,” said Burns. “We have a full day on Saturday with three games and one on Friday night. After Saturday, we will see if we play the playoffs.”
The Heat opens the tournament up against the Saskatoon Senior Eclipse on Friday night. Then they face the Saskatoon Mystics, Saskatoon Grand Aces and SaskConnextion on Saturday.
The top four teams advance to the championship round on Sunday.
“I think the girls are expecting to do well,” said Burns. “Kelly (Binner) and I — we are expecting them to get first.
In the Senior Ladies Fastball League, the Heat has had some ups and downs, but has been trying some new things in order to become more competitive as they prepared for this weekend.
“We have been practising like we always do and playing the games against the girls. We have been trying to see new pitching. We tried to get a couple other people out to pitch to us,” said Burns.
The strength of the Heat will hopefully be their pitching this weekend.
“We are doing well on pitching,” she said. “We have four pitchers, so we are doing well.”
The Heat got one final tune up game in on Wednesday evening. Unfortunately, they lost 3-2 to the Hustlers, but did their best to battle back late in the game to try and tie it, but came up short.
“We were trying a couple different things in the league, but their pitcher did well and shut us down,” said Burns.