All-Stars coach reflects on Moose Jaw National Tournament –

While that’s not the end of the storybook that Moose Jaw’s Major AAA stars wanted, losing to Team BC in the national final that shattered their World Series hopes. Little League, they still played the best baseball they could and relished the opportunity. .

Moose Jaw opened their tournament with a 15-5 loss to the same BC team, but that didn’t faze them.

“After that first game, all the kids sat down and said hello in a tournament like this, we’re going to need everyone, and everyone’s going to have their moment, someone to step in” , said head coach, Troy Turner. “That’s why we had our success is that everyone had a small role in every game.”

The team would follow that up with six straight wins, including two of those straight wins to earn a berth in the National Finals. All 11 players played a role in the tournament they had, from their solid pitching to the hot bats and defensive plays you see in Major League Baseball.

They met their game against British Columbia in the final, as the Little Mountain team capitalized on Moose Jaw’s mistakes, ultimately winning the game 9-4, despite an All-Star brawl. For most or all Moose Jaw players, it was the first major loss of their young careers.

“They were definitely disappointed. We had a video that morning and told them what we had to do to win and everything had to be clean and we had to perform. I’m really proud of the kids for the way they fought in the last round. I told them after the game it wouldn’t define your baseball career.

Although the kids might not have realized it at the time, they had the whole town of Moose Jaw behind them as they progressed through the tournament. Local establishments were broadcasting the game, Mayor Clive Tolley sent an inspirational message to the team, and everyone was supporting the All-Stars.

“They were so-called rockstars in Calgary, but I don’t think they realized the kind of support they had back home. I’m sure once they start talking to their friends and loved ones there will be a lot of hype around them which was great to see.

Turner says the support they’ve received from the community started with their pre-tournament barbecue fundraisers as the team surpassed their goals, thanks to Moose Javian’s generosity.

While in Calgary, the players were treated like rock stars, whether it was playing on a state-of-the-art ballpark, having a major media outlet covering every game, thousands of people in the stands to encourage them every day. Turner says the experience and the team exceeded expectations.

“It was great! How they treated the kids, the coaching staff, the parents, the whole setup there was first class. Seeing the caliber of baseball even on the Canadian side, I thought we had a lot work to do and that we would need kids to step in. After the first couple of days, we as the coaching staff saw that we had a pretty good chance of doing what we did.

The All-Stars become the first Moose Jaw Little League team to advance to the National Finals since 2003.

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