The Elmira District Secondary School boys’ and girls’ slo-pitch teams each wrapped up remarkable seasons this week.After posting a perfect 8-0 record in regular season action, the top-seeded girls’ squad cruised to the Waterloo County Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WCSSAA) championship match on Wednesday against St. David’s Catholic Secondary School.
There, they kept their hot streak alive with a 7-3 win.
“We had a great year,” coach Brian Carter said. “We were lucky to have a good leadership core and a good young nucleus of ball players.”
The team was particularly strong on offense all season, Carter said.
“In my opinion, we were the best hitting team in the league. All 11 girls in our lineup really hit the ball well.”
He added, “We played some close games this year, but we managed to play well and rally for victories. Sometimes, we’d get out to big leads, and we were good at holding onto those leads. So we were really able to win a whole bunch of different ways this season.”
Of particular note, were fifth-year players shortstop Jill Sebben and center fielder Danielle Wideman, who get to end their high school slo-pitch careers on a high note, Carter said.
And pitcher Lauren Quehl was another key to their success, Carter said.
“She was the best pitcher in the league all year, just a steady, steady player, and that is extremely important in slo-pitch.”
Meanwhile, the boys side really got things going with three straight wins in the playoff tournament Tuesday at RIM Park, qualifying for the WCSSAA finals Thursday afternoon at the Peter Hallman Ball Yard in Kitchener.
“We know our team can hit, it just comes down to the guys having confidence in their ability,” coach Alex Derma said. “We knew we had a chance to do really well; Elmira is always really good in baseball. They just need to have that confidence and to execute.”
The boys finished the regular season in seventh place with a 5-2-1 mark, but the Lancers found their game when it mattered most.
“They’ve been hitting with two outs and with two strikes and playing really good ball today,” Derma said during the playoff tournament. “Especially the bottom of our lineup, they have been hitting really well.”