Left: Kennedy Coston. Right: Red Deer Rage U16 A level girls softball team won gold in Provincials in Strathmore in July with six straight wins. The team includes third base player

Competitive softball player off to Nationals

A Rimbey teen who plays third base for the Red Deer Rage U16 Girls Softball Team will be off to Nationals

A Rimbey teen who plays third base for the Red Deer Rage U16 Girls Softball Team will be off to Nationals in Ontario later this month.

Fifteen-year-old Kennedy Coston will join her teammates Aug. 13 to 17 to compete in the Nationals in Brampton, Ontario. The Rage is one of 20 teams from across Canada who will compete in the tournament.

The Rage, an A-level competitive softball team in the Girls Prairie Softball League won Provincials last month in Strathmore. The team went six games undefeated, beating a team from Calgary to win the gold medal.

Coston has been playing competitive softball for about four years. She said she tried out for the team in Red Deer as there was no competitive team in Rimbey.

She made the cut and has been playing ever since.

“I started out as a catcher, but now I play third base. I like third base better.”

The pace is demanding and the girls are on the ball field four times a week; twice for practices and twice for games.

Softball is a sport Coston loves.

“I love being outside and the whole concept of the game. We play in Great Chief Park and quite a few people come to the games. At night we play under the lights and that is cool,” she said.

Coston will go into Grade 11 at Rimbey Junior Senior High School in the fall. She is hoping to earn a softball scholarship when she graduates and play college ball in the United States.

The teen will be accompanied by her dad, Kevin Coston, an assistant coach with the Rage and her sister Kelsey when she goes to Nationals.

Her mom, Jamie will not attend the tournament, however, as she will be in Sweden and Finland with Kennedy’s brother, 12-year-old Ethan who will compete in an international hockey tournament.