The host team for the Peewee Community Tier 1 Provincial Championship finished second overall last weekend at Legion Memorial Park.
In Sunday’s final the Cardinals lost 8-6 to South Jasper Place after going 3-0 in the six-team tournament. The Red Birds beat North Peace 16-2 and North Country 12-4 in their pool and Czar 13-3 in the semifinals.
South Jasper Place outscored their opponents 53-18 in four wins.
Last year the Cardinals won the first peewee community Tier 2 provincial title in the history of the St. Albert Minor Baseball Association.
This year’s roster of house league players included returnees Jacob Enright, Andrew Odegard, Logan Buchanan, Cole Predinchuk, Landon Bishop and Michael Knoblauch.
The newcomers on the team were Madison Enright, Justin Roy, Nick Zylstra, Dallas Branch, Landon Christoffel, Liam Froment and Zach Froment, the tournament MVP.
The mosquito competitive Tier I St. Albert Cardinals are undefeated this season going into provincials this weekend in Spruce Grove.
The 29-0 record for the defending provincial champions includes 18 wins in league play, two exhibition wins and nine tournament wins at the St. Albert Early Bird and Kamloops Invitational champions. An unofficial pre-season game ended in a tie.
Leading the way this year are returning players Ryan Marples and Michael Brisson.
“We are not a big team but we are an athletic team that competes from the first pitch to the last out and I am hopeful we can continue our good play this weekend,” said field manager Mark Brisson.
At provincials the Cardinals are up to bat Friday against Spruce Grove at 9 a.m. and Red Deer at 3 p.m. Saturday they play Beaumont at 12 p.m. and Sherwood Park at 6 p.m. If there are no tiebreakers the top two teams advance to Sunday’s final at 3 p.m.
The provincial draw is online at www.baseballalberta.com.
The last game before provincials for the bantam performance Tier I St. Albert Cardinals was Sunday’s 10-5 victory over Okotoks Dawgs Red at Legion Memorial Park.
The victory was the 19th in 26 league games for the squad that’s sure to be a gold medal contender next weekend in Okotoks.
Their main challengers at provincials are Okotoks Dawgs Black (18-3), Lloydminster (16-9) and Spruce Grove (15-10).
Last year the Cardinals finished 22-12 overall. Seven players are back from the team’s 2-2 showing as provincial hosts.
Meanwhile, the bantam community Tier I Cardinals are hosting provincials next weekend at Legion Memorial Park.