Kyle Humphrey slides into third during the Eckville Eagles’ round robin game against the Highway 21 Heat on July 26. The eagles took home the gold at the U1 AA Tier 6 provincial tournament. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Eckville Eagles fly to Midget U18 AA provincial champs

The Eagles won gold in U18 AA Tier 6 Provincials over Red Deer Braves Blue in Eckville on July 28

The Eckville Eagles are Midget U18 AA Tier 6 provincial champions.

The Eagles claimed the gold medal Sunday afternoon after beating the Red Deer Braves Blue team 9-4.

The provincial tournament was held July 26-28 at Andrew Field in Eckville.

The Eagles came out of round robin play with a record of 3-1, losing only to Red Deer before coming out on top in the final.

“They just played a full game in the second game against Red Deer to be able to beat them and we made some beautiful plays,” said Head Coach Morgan Greenwood.

Seth Gecse pitched the entirety of the final game and won MVP.

He says the Eagles ultimately won the gold by playing a full seven innings rather than just a couple, something they never did at the start of the season.

Greenwood added the boys improved a lot over the year and continued to improve until the end of the tournament.

“Whether we would’ve won the tournament or not, just the improvement we had all year was worth the whole year itself,” Greenwood said. “They did so awesome.”

The home tournament saw a great turnout and the Eagles were able to bring one home in front of their fans and local sponsors.

“That’s what you get when you play the game the right way,” said Greenwood of the gold. “No arguing and bickering, and great attitudes.”

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No. 93 Grady Moffard rounds second on his way to third on July 26. The Eagles won three of their four round robin games over the weekend. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Brady Kautz steps up to the plate in the Eckville Eagles’ second round robin game of the tournament. They defeated the Highway 21 Heat July 26. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

No. 9 Carson Lutz was one the mound during the Eagles’ match up with the Highway 21 Heat on July 26. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

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