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The MacLean-Ross Cup was handed out to three deserving teams over the weekend, as the playoff brackets were set across Girls Prairie League Softball, leading up to Sunday’s finals.
In the U12A Division, the Lloydminster Liners bring home the U12 championship for the first time since 2015. After the Liners finished the regular season with a 10-3 record, they dropped their opening game to the Red Deer Rage, 12-9 in extra innings. This meant the Liners had to go the long way to earn the MacLean-Ross Cup, as they went on to defeat the Calgary Adrenaline, starting their run back to the final, where they avenged their loss the Rage to earn the U12A championship.
Meanwhile, the Prince Albert Aces had some work to do after finishing the season with a 10-4 record in the U14A Nichols Division, good enough for second place. After defeating the Rage in their first game, they went up against the Sonnenberg Division leading Calgary Kaizen, but came away with the victory, setting their sights on the MacLean-Ross Cup. The Aces then won an exciting semi-final win which saw the Liners 03 take them to multiple extra innings. The Aces busted out for 7 runs in the sixth inning of their final against the Sherwood Park Storm 03 giving them a comfortable win. For Prince Albert, it’s a return to the top for the first time in the U14 Division since 2013.
Finally, the U16 Championship went to the Edmonton Rivercity 01, who had to go the long way themselves after suffering their first loss of the season to the Red Deer Rage. After dispatching the St. Albert Angels, the Edmonton club defeated the Calgary Kaizen in a close semi-final game After jumping out to an early lead over Prince Albert in the final, Rivercity was able to hold on with a 5-4 win bringing home the organizations first MacLean-Ross Cup win.
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