Ice looking to end provincial drought

Matthew Gourlie
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Local U16 fastball team hosting provincials this weekend

The Moose Jaw Ice will look to use their years of experience to end a drought lasting two decades.

The local under-16 girls fastball team will be hosting the Softball Saskatchewan U16 B Girls Provincial championships this weekend.

"They've played well together all year. They're a group of girls that enjoy playing together and really enjoy the sport," said Bob Marzolf who is joined by Tannis Swallow as assistants to head coach Greg Fiddler.

Marzolf noted that it has been a long time since a local Bantam-aged team has been able to win a provincial title.

"The ultimate goal is to take the gold of course. There hasn't been a Moose Jaw Bantam team that has won in just about two decades. It's been a long time," said Marzolf. "These kids have played together for a long time and they play well together."

The team played together all season, but travelled to tournaments as opposed to playing a regular league schedule.

"They got the gold medal at the Saskatoon Hustlers' tournament. They got a silver medal in the midget tournament in Moose Jaw," said Marzolf. "We took them down to Minneapolis for the World Series qualifying tournament and they played well. There's always excellent competition down there."

The Ice have faced approximately half of the 12 teams that make up the field for the tournament.

The Ice are in a pool with the Regina Royals, Twin City Angels and the Prince Albert Aces. The top two teams from each of the three pools will advance to the championship round on Sunday.

The tournament opens Friday at 2 p.m. and the Ice will play their first game Friday at 8 p.m. against Prince Albert.

All games are at the Optimist Diamonds.

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Minneapolis

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