Kiahna Chumola’s first year on the Manitoba Thunder under-18 softball team was a memorable one, as the team placed first in the Western Canadian championships.
"We’d been working really hard all year," said the 17-year-old from Starbuck. "We came together and played well."
The Manitoba team beat Saskatchewan’s Earl Grey Heat 4-1 to capture the gold at the championships held in Richmond, B.C. from Aug. 8 to 11.
Chumola said the team’s four runs were scored in the first inning. The remainder of the game was scoreless.
Chumola, who attends Sanford Collegiate, plays second base and outfield. She said having the chance to participate in the championships was exciting, especially since it was her first year on the team.
She said she decided to try out for the Manitoba Thunder about a year ago.
"I’d been playing a level down and I wanted to challenge myself," she said.
With team tryouts scheduled in early September, Chumola is hoping that she’s able to hold onto her spot and play for another year.