Cochrane's two Baseball Alberta teams have homestands this weekend to all but wrap up their regular seasons.
This past weekend, the 13U AAA Peleton Crush had a 3-1 record against the south division-leading Calgary Redbirds and the Calgary Bucks. They dropped the opening game to the Redbirds, 16-14, before winning their next three.
The 15U AA Shear Fluids Crush went 2-1 against some northern rivals. They lost a close 11-7 decision to Edmonton's South Jasper Place Jays on Saturday. Sunday, they downed the Sylvan Lake Mariners, 11-8, then capped off the day with a 16-12 win over the Black Gold 47s.
Both teams remain in the top three of their respective divisions and are gearing up for their provincial showdowns later this month.
The 13Us have a doubleheader against the Redbirds on Saturday and two against the Calgary Cubs on Sunday.
They wrap up their regular season on the road next Wednesday against the Okotoks Dawgs.
The 15Us have rematches with the Calgary Cardinals and Castor Raiders this Saturday before hosting the Sylvan Lake Mariners on Sunday.
Corey O'How, Cochrane Minor Ball president and head coach of the U13 AAA team, says playing four games a weekend since the season got the greenlight has helped get back on track.
He says the mental and physical competitiveness is returning for all teams, including the AAA team. He points to how they dug deep to win an important extra-innings game against the Redbirds on Sunday morning.
"You could really tell in extra innings that our kids were ready to go and found another gear. It was exciting to see that again, and I think we're really back to a pre-COVID level, you could say, in how our kids are playing the game."
He says the core of the team has played together from the minor level and their provincial playoff experience is once again showing its face.
By the end of the weekend, both teams will know where they'll be playing provincials. At this point, it appears the 13Us team will be playing in the Edmonton area and the 15Us in the Calgary area.