It was an emotional set of wins for the East Central Riverdogs Softball squad as they captured the provincial title on Saturday. The best of three set against the Red Selects of Saskatoon got off to an 11:00 am start on a hot July 16.

Game one against the Saskatoon Red Selects saw the East Central Squad walk away with a 10-3 win after a stellar opening pair of innings. Riverdogs Kaylee Hofmann opened the scoring in the second with Keeley Becker and Kalli Stegemann following up in the third. The Selects answered with a pair in the second and they closed out their scoring in the fourth asLexi Kendall crossed the plate for a single run. 

It was all Riverdogs going into the final inning with 5 runs tallied to set up the 10-3 final.

Game two followed with an all-out onslaught by the Riverdogs to start the game. The East Central crew scored 10 runs in the opening two innings with the Selects responding with a pair in the third. Then the Red Selects picked up steam with solid innings at the plate to make the score 11-8.

The final nail in the game was delivered by Riverdogs’ Hofmann who tripled with Becker and Cadence Logan aboard, and then stretched it to a home plate run on an error to make the final 14-8. 

Head coach Tara Hofmann talked about the provincial win, a long time coming for the senior players. 

“It’s overwhelming. The girls just played fantastic. Our pitching was on, we hit the ball, defensively we all came together. This has been long overdue for a few of the girls, especially our Humboldt ones. They’ve settled for a silver for the last couple of years and it’s great to come out on a win. 

The East Central Riverdogs are a regional team composed of U19 players from Humboldt, Muenster, Tisdale and Watrous. All the communities share in the pride of being the provincial champs for 2022.