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Tornadoes endure tough outing at provincials

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The Estevan TS&M Peewee AA Tornadoes dropped all three of their games at the 2014 provincial championship in Weyburn from July 18 to 20.

The Tornadoes opened the tournament against the Humboldt Dodgers, and lost 18-0.

“There were a lot of nerves in the first game,” said coach Randy Van Achte. “And when the kids got away from the nerves and got into the second game, they were just really patient out there.”

The following day they battled the Lloydminster Twins, and fell 18-6. Estevan dropped their final game of round robin, 18-6, to the Unity Cardinals. Van Achte said the team hit two home runs against Unity.

Estevan finished the round robin with a 0-3 record, and didn't advance to the next round.

The team also participated in a skills competition on the 18th, and finished sixth. Van Achte said they enjoyed the event.

“It was a great experience for the kids, and there was a lot of kids on the team that had never been to provincials before,” said Van Achte.

He noted that the team was formed in early July. The Tornadoes consisted of six players from Estevan and four from Arcola. He thought that the youth did well, as they had little time to prepare as a team for the tournament.

“We were proud of the kids and the way they played and the way they presented themselves, and I think they did Estevan proud that way," said Van Achte. “Everybody gave it their all, and no one quit.”


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