The final weekend of the season is coming up for the Strathmore Reds AA U15 team, and you can go support them as they try to win the championship! The tournament will be on July 29 and 30, and there could also be games on the 31 depending on how tiebreakers go.

The Reds have had a great season so far, going 22-12. Assistant Coach Dallas Anderson said the great work of the team, combined with the community's support, has really helped them with their success.

"There's a lot of work in practice and making sure the boys know what they're doing on the field and are able to execute. And then there's the managers, and all the parents do a really good job in trying to make sure everything is running correctly with diamond prep and score keeping and all that stuff. It's a lot of work on everybody's part," he said.

With the provincial tournament being the last games of the season, the team is really excited that they get to host it in front of their family and friends. Right Fielder Joe Anderson hopes the community comes out to see them in action.

"That's a big part of hosting, hopefully, they (friends and family) are all there. It's pretty exciting, it's fun when it (provincials) comes up," Joe said.

While the season so far has been great, Coach Anderson said like every sport and season, there's been some ups and downs. However, working through the low points only made the team stronger.

"Our boys actually get along pretty good, they really gelled. it's a good group of personalities, everybody really gets along well, and that can be attributed to fighting through the bad times, the adversity. That really helps them gel."

Some of the high points for the team has been seeing each other succeed, and third baseman/pitcher Aubrey Stender has provided plenty of excitement. He's hit 6 homeruns this season, and for him, the team's support and encouragement is one of his favourite parts of the game.

"When I hit the homerun over the fence and all the boys came out of the dugout and cheered for me, and when I hit home plate they all spray water at me and everything. I feel happy when that happens. All the boys are freaking out, they're putting up their hands and showing me what number it is. They know how many homeruns I do, I don't know my homeruns but they do," Stender said

As the team gets prepared for the tournament, Stender said his mindset is to do whatever he can to help the team win.

"Being a team player, leading the team, and being the best that I can be. And encouraging my teammates to do the same as well."

While we all hope our Strathmore Reds win it all, this was a great season regardless of what the final result is. The relationships formed in the dugout won't be forgotten after the season, and the memories they've created together will last a lifetime.

"It's a brotherhood, it's a family, that's one thing for sure," Stender said.

You can see the full tournament schedule below:

Tournament schedule

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