The Eastman Wildcats U13, U15 & U17 teams opened the 2024 Manitoba Premier Softball League season last week in impressive fashion. 

U13 Wildcats

Eastman record two wins and a loss on the opening weekend of the Manitoba Premier Softball League season. The Wildcats plated six runs in the bottom of the second inning and added six more in the third en route to an 18-2 victory over the Winnipeg Lightning Saturday in Friedensfeld. Sophie Anderson had three hits, Caitlyn Anderson drove in three runs and Alexa Coulter homered for the home team. Eastman's second game of the day against Interlake was suspended due to bad weather after three innings and the Phillies leading 3-0. That game will be completed at later date. Eastman traveled to Landmark on Sunday and split a twinbill with the Westman Magic. The Wildcats scored four times in the sixth inning but couldn't push across the tying run and lost the opener 6-5. Hannah Skrabek and Sophie Franklin had two hits each. Eastman had 14 hits and took the second game 17-3. Caleigh Giesbrecht and Jordyn Heppner homered for the Wildcats who own a 2-1 record and will meet Smitty's Terminators June 2nd in Landmark.


U15 Wildcats

The Eastman Wildcats won four of five games last week to kick off the Manitoba Premier Softball League season. Eastman swept a twinbill from Smitty’s Terminators Thursday at Friesensfeld. Evelyn Calder hit an inside the park home run in the third inning en route to a 12-1 victory in game one. Lola Kihn surrendered four hits and one run (zero earned) over four innings, striking out five and walking one. The Wildcats completed the doubleheader sweep taking the second game 13-3. Eastman plated six runs on four hits in the bottom of the third inning highlighted by Morgan Nault's inside the park home run. Kaitlyn Bonkowski gave up three hits and three runs over four innings, striking out three and walking three. The Wildcats then played three in a row against the Interlake Phillies. Émilie Carrière had three hits and drove in four runs as Eastman defeated Interlake 23-16 on a warm and blustery Saturday afternoon in Friedensfeld. The Wildcats put the game away thanks to eight runs in the top of the 8th inning. Eastman traveled to Stonewall Sunday for a doubleheader with the Phillies. Interlake jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and won the opener 12-5. Sophie Remillard led the Wildcats with three hits in four at bats. Eastman wrapped up the week with an impressive 16-6 win in the second game of the twinbill. The Wildcats scored four runs in the top of the third and tacked on six more in the fifth. Émilie Carrière went 4-for-4 at the plate. Eastman has a 4-1 record and are idle until they face the Manitoba Angels in Friedensfeld on May 28th.


U17 Wildcats

The Wildcats played a pair of doubleheaders last week to open the Manitoba Premier Softball League season. Eastman swept the Winnipeg Lightning Wednesday night in Friedensfeld. Annabelle Tétrault singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Wildcats shaded the Lightning 7-6 in the opener. Kali Remillard stole two of Eastman's seven stolen bases for the game. The Wildcats plated seven runs in the first inning and never looked back in an 11-1 victory in game two. Chloé Carrière had three hits while Abby Dixon and Danyel Heppner each drove in two runs for Eastman. The Wildcats split a twinbill with the Westman Magic on Sunday in Brandon. The Magic jumped out to an early lead and beat Eastman 9-4 in game one. Morgan Plett had two rbi for the Wildcats. Emma Franklin was stellar in the circle for Eastman in game two. The righty gave up six hits and one run (zero earned) over seven innings, striking out seven and walking none as the Wildcats defeated Westman 7-1. Abigail Ducharme had two hits and drove in a pair of runs in the final game of the weekend. Eastman has a 3-1 record and will face the Manitoba Angels on May 22nd in Friedensfeld.