SAFE - Trinity Bowman slides into home during the season-ending game between Eckville and Ermineskin, on June 20. Bowman and the rest of the team were only delayed a short while, and played a strong game, despite the windy, stormy weather that blew through the area.                                PHOTO BY SAM MACDONALD/ECKVILLE ECHO

SAFE - Trinity Bowman slides into home during the season-ending game between Eckville and Ermineskin, on June 20. Bowman and the rest of the team were only delayed a short while, and played a strong game, despite the windy, stormy weather that blew through the area. PHOTO BY SAM MACDONALD/ECKVILLE ECHO

Eagles braved Tuesday’s storm in final home game

Eagles earned a Tier 1 standing in the playoffs with a win over Ermineskin

The weather in Eckville was hardly ideal for a game of baseball – or really any outdoor sport – but the Eckville Eagles persevered. That perseverance paid off, with Eckville now in Tier 1 as it enters the playoffs.

After a 40-minute delay, the Eagles braved the howling winds that felled trees and kicked up waves of blinding dust, defeating the Ermineskin Rec Hawks. Their win came at the end of a closely contested game that carried on through the threat of rain, with the sounds of sirens blaring in the background as the local fire department dealt with weather which made a mess of things around the community.

The team’s 10-9 win came at the end of a game that started late and was cut short, as Ermineskin ended up forfeiting, worried about the dangerous drive home through the violent weather that had blown in Tuesday evening, throughout Central Alberta.

“They battled through the elements, and came out with a win after a really close game,” said Head Coach Judy Cowan. “Ermineskin has a really good team, and we were coming out a little slack with the weather hindering how the team was able to play.”

In the end, the game only went a total of four innings, with the weather proving too formidable to continue, said Cowan.

The Eagles “just played enough to basically get the win. We didn’t finish the bat,” said Cowan.

“When we were one run ahead, Ermineskin forfeited and wanted to end the game – they hit the road right after that.”

Cowan said Trinity Bowman – who got one of the team’s earlier runs in the game – and Natalie Obst really came out strong in the game. Obst ended up scoring the winning hit that brought home Eckville’s final game-winning run.

“We had good pitching, and good hitting all around. Ermineskin adapted to the weather better than we did, at first,” said Cowan. “The wind and weather really threw our kids off their game.”

Cowan described the final game of the regular season as “well fought” on the part of the Eagles, given the circumstances in which it was played, and expressed anticipation for the coming playoffs.

BaseballEckville EaglesNorth Central Hockey Leagueprovincials

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Heath, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. Black Press file photo
COVID claims 25 more Albertans

100-year-old among those who died

An x-ray tech demonstrates the new equipment in use. (Photo Submitted)
New diagnostic equipment now operational at Sylvan Lake AACS

In August it was announced that Stephen and Jacqueline Wuori donated $850,000 to AACS

People skate on a lake in a city park in Montreal, Sunday, January 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The end of hugs: How COVID-19 has changed daily life a year after Canada’s 1st case

Today marks the one year anniversary of COVID-19 landing in Canada

SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which causes COVID-19, emerge from the surface of cells isolated from a patient in the U.S. and cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Alberta adds 463 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

The central zone has 818 active cases

As of Friday, Alberta has under 10,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy CDC)
Alberta identifies 573 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths on Saturday

There are currently 9,727 active cases of the virus in the province

Terrance Josephson of the Princeton Posse, at left, and Tyson Conroy of the Summerland Steam clash during a Junior B hockey game at the Summerland Arena in the early spring of 2020. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Test your knowledge of Canada’s national winter sport

Red Fraggle, one of Jim Henson Company’s Fraggle Rock characers, is shown at Time To Play Holiday Show, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in New York. The Jim Henson Company says production has officially started in Calgary on a reboot of the original 1980s children’s puppet series, which was filmed in Toronto.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Lennihan
‘Fraggle Rock’ children’s puppet series reboot starts production in Calgary

A spokesperson says the new series will stream on Apple TV plus

Black Press file photo
Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate fatal pedestrian collision

A 37-year-old man from Maskwacis has died in hospital as a result of his injuries.

A registered nurse prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Yukon’s Minister of Community Services, John Streiker, says he’s outraged that a couple from outside the territory travelled to a remote community this week and received doses of COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-POOL
Couple charged after travelling to Yukon to get COVID-19 vaccine

The maximum fine under the emergency measures act is $500, and up to six months in jail

Metis Nation of B.C. President Clara Morin Dal Col poses in this undated handout photo. The Metis Nation of B.C. says Dal Col has been suspended from her role as president. The Metis Nation of B.C. says Dal Col has been suspended from her role as president. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Metis Nation of B.C. *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Metis Nation of B.C. suspends president, citing ‘breach’ of policies, procedures

Vice-president Lissa Smith is stepping in to fill the position on an acting basis

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in the in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Payette shouldn’t get same benefits as other ex-governors general: O’Toole

Former governors general are entitled to a pension and also get a regular income paid to them for the rest of their lives

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Blackfalds RCMP investigate fatal collision

Preliminary investigation revealed a south bound pickup truck collided with an eastbound car

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

Most Read