Two Cochrane softball teams have struck gold in Calgary Minor Softball City Championships.
The U13 Cochrane Cobras won the Division 2 city championships and the U15 Cherry Bombs are the Division 2C champs.
The Cobras finished at the top of their pool in advance of last weekend's playoffs, then went undefeated to win the Division Two title.
The competition was tight throughout the playoffs, with Cochrane winning by one run in each of the three games leading up to the final against the Foothills Fury, of Okotoks.
In the final, Cochrane grabbed an early lead with near-perfect pitching of starting chucker Maeve Clayton and went on to a 10-5 win.
Co-coach Trent Leinenweber says despite moving up a division, the team still pulled off an amazing season.
"It was a tough year for the transition from just pure having fun to moving up levels in the competitiveness. So you're trying to balance both, and I have to give all the credit to Coach Allison on that. She did an amazing job of balancing."
He also credits pitching and junior coach Abby Maillot, who was instrumental in developing a solid core of eight pitchers.
A pitcher herself, Maillot held many special pitching clinics and has encouraged their development for many years.
"We never lost a pitching battle all year, and Abby was a big part of that," said Leinenweber.
The core of the team has been together for four seasons. They quickly established a winning tradition and special bond both on and off the field. Silver was earned in the first year, and they've claimed gold in the last three consecutive seasons.
Most of them will be moving up to U15 next season, and Leinenweber says he won't be joining them,
"I think I'm hanging up my cleats," he says. "They're well beyond my skill level, and Coach Allison Clayton will take them from here."
The Cherry Bombs had a slow start to their season, finishing with a 4-11 record in the 2B division. Come playoffs, it was a much different story.
After a 13-12 win over Chestermere in the opening game of the 2C playoffs, they beat Airdrie in three consecutive games for the title, the last 12-9.
Teams from Calgary, Airdrie, Okotoks, Chestermere, Airdrie, and Cochrane all play in the Calgary league.