By Greg Price
St. Mary’s Auroras girls slo-pitch team officially hit the field today for its home opener, brimming with confidence on a building block from its 2018 season.
The team has a warm-up exhibition doubleheader against Kate Andrews from Coaldale last month which were close contests.
“We have 14 players. We have one Grade 12 and the rest are Grade 10s and 11s. It seems like our team has made a couple of big strides from last year, basically being the same team, with a couple more girls from last year,” said Rich Horvath, coach with the St. Mary’ Auroras girls slo-pitch team. “All our basic baseball instincts have taken a huge step forward. Our infield play has been a lot stronger. It’s not saying our outfield is weak, it’s just we haven’t had a lot of time to practice it with fly balls because of the weather and doing a lot of indoor training.”
The Auroras have a pitching staff that is three deep throwing strikes effectively according to Horvath.
“We have taken a huge leap offensively from last year too. The kids are more confident and relaxed. They kids were a lot more nervous last year in the field and at bat,” said Horvath. “We are really trying to promote a fun atmosphere for the girls which helps them relax.”
The Aurora host Milk River at Confederation park today with a doubleheader tentatively scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. The team competes at the Vulcan Star Trek Tournament on Saturday, before returning to league play on the road against Brooks on May 8. The Auroras compete at a tournament at Kate Andrews on May 11 and host Vauxhall May 15 at Confederation Park with a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m.