Ashley Weiss, 15, and Jayda Schatschneider, 16, who play for River City Hornets U16A girls softball team will travel to Surrey, B.C. to compete in Nationals in August. Photo submitted

Rimbey ball players off to Nationals

Teens prepare for nationals

Two Rimbey athletes who play for River City Hornets U16A girls softball team are off to nationals.

Fifteen-year-old Ashley Weiss and sixteen-year-old Jayda Schatschneider, who play second base and centrefield for the Hornets will join the team when they travel to Surrey, B.C. from Aug. 9 to 13 to complete in Nationals.

The team which is comprised of players from Rimbey, Leslieville, Sundre, Coronation and the Edmonton area won provincials last week, defeating Sherwood Park 11-1 in the gold medal game.

The Hornets did exceptionally well in Provincials with a 6-0 record, bringing in 65 runs compared to only three brought in by opposition teams.

“They are are a really good team,” said hitting coach Chris Weiss. “They’ve been playing like that all year.”

The Hornets also won in the Girls Prairie League, which is comprised of softball teams throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. The team defeated a team from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 5-4 to win the gold medal game.

With provincials under their belt, the team will play an Edmonton ladies team two to four times a week to continue to hone their skills as they prepare for nationals when 30 teams from throughout Canada will take to the field to vie for a medal win.

Weiss notes the competition will be tough at Nationals, but he is confident the Alberta team will do well.

“Our goal is to bring back a medal,” he said.