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Hat volunteer to get provincial softball award

By Medicine Hat News on September 10, 2019.

Medicine Hat Minor Softball Association players of the year Adriene Campbell and Hayley Grad pose after their under-12 team won provincials at the Moose Ball Complex in July.

A year of growth for the Medicine Hat Minor Softball Association is wrapping up with some well-earned accolades.

MHMSA vice-president Jenn Matt has been named a merit award winner by Softball Alberta, having added the role of fundraising coordinator to her plate this year.

Meanwhile, the association announced its players, coaches and official of the year.

Matt caught on with the local association six years ago, running the high school division before stepping up as vice-president three years ago and even coaching. She added a fundraising role this year as Medicine Hat hosted provincials.

Matt, Christina Philbert and Rebecca Jackiw were nominated for the provincial honour from the local association. Only eight merit awards were awarded across the province. Philbert took over from Matt running the high school division the past three years, plus she’s served as sponsorship coordinator and coached. Jackiw is the association’s uniform director and also runs its social media accounts.

As for local awards, rep team player Adriene Campbell was named Thunder player of the year, helping pitch her under-12 team to a provincial title on home field in July. She also led the team in home runs at the tournament.

Josie Clark and Kayla Robinson shared the under-14 and above player of the year award, while Hayley Grad was named under-12 and below player of the year.

Scott Kelly, named coach of the year for Alberta in 2018, was named Medicine Hat’s under-14 and above coach of the year this year. Chris Grad was named the under-12 and below coach of the year.

Zach Campbell was named MHMSA’s umpire of the year for the second straight season.

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