Local Pee Wee Dodger wins western’s baseball gold medal

A member of the Lacombe Pee Wee AA Dodgers Baseball team played a key role in capturing the gold medals

A member of the Lacombe Pee Wee AA Dodgers Baseball team played a key role in capturing the gold medals for Team Alberta at the Western Canadian Pee Wee Girls Baseball Championship held in Spruce Grove last month.

Zoë Lorenz-Boser, who resides in Bentley, was one of 12 female baseball players selected to play for Team Alberta at the Western Canadian championship.

All of the girls on Team Alberta were typically the only female on their regular baseball teams that were affiliated with either Baseball Alberta or Little League Alberta.

Team Alberta held a two-day pre-tournament camp on Aug. 13-14th under head coach Dwayne Lalor from Red Deer to prepare for the Western Canadian Championship.

Team Alberta opened the tournament with an 18-4 mercy-rule victory over Team Manitoba.

Lorenz-Boser was the starting and winning pitcher, tossing three shutout innings, allowing only one base hit, no walks and striking out three batters on 44 pitches.

Team Alberta completed round-robin play with wins over Saskatchewan (mercy rule) and British Columbia.

In the latter contest, Team Alberta trailed by five runs going into the very last inning. They sent 11 batters to the plate and scored eight runs to earn the comeback victory.

Lorenz-Boser had three RBIs on two singles in the final inning, including knocking in the go-ahead runs.

In the championship final against the defending champions from British Columbia, Team Alberta registered a 10-0 win behind the one-hit pitching of Madison Willan from Edmonton.

Lorenz-Boser played shortstop and batted three for four at the plate, including a sixth-inning walk-off double that brought home the 10th run to end the game by way of the mercy rule.

Gold medals were presented to a well-deserving and undefeated Team Alberta that dominated the tournament in hitting, pitching and defense to emerge as the 2014 Western Canadian Pee Wee Girls baseball champions.

Submitted by Lyle Lorenz