Minor AAA Thunder show growth in home tournament

By Scott Roblin
July 23, 2017 - 8:13pm

MEDICINE HAT, AB – A chance to play in front of family and friends for the Medicine Hat Minor AAA Thunder baseball team over the weekend.

The Thunder hosted their 2017 home tournament at Lion’s Park, with eight teams taking to the ball diamonds.

On Saturday night, the Thunder squared off against a strong Calgary South Club.

It was a close game until the fifth inning, when Calgary South poured on the offence and took control of the game.

Even though a win seemed out of reach, the Thunder scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and fell to Calgary South by a single run.

Thunder head coach Brad Moch said he was impressed by the team’s fight at the plate, especially in the sixth inning.

“They had pitchers that were throwing strikes and our guys were putting them in play, and that’s what we want to see,” said Moch. “We want them competing, we want them finishing the plays, and we want them fighting right to the end. And, that’s what they did today.”

The Thunder are made up of city all-stars under the age of 10, with players usually rotating through positions each game.

It’s an important time of the season for the Thunder, as Medicine Hat Little League gets ready to host the 2017 Canadian Little League Championships next week.

Catcher Grady Ford said one of the best parts about coming to the ball park every week is getting to see his teammates.

“My friends are really nice and kind,” said Ford. “They’re really good ball players, and my team is just awesome. They’re a good defensive team and a hitting team.”

Meanwhile, the Junior AAA All-Stars took home an Alberta championship over the weekend, defeating Airdrie 14-3 in the finals.

They are off to the Canadian Championships, which will be held in Lethbridge between August 1 and 10.

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