The Southeast Sun Devils U16 softball team got third place in provincials over the weekend, ending with a record of 4-1.

The team had a regular-season record of 8-12-1, so the high placement was cause for celebration.

They started off with a game Friday against their Rivals the Regina Saints, narrowly winning with a score of 8-7.

Then the team played the Aces U16 and Saskatoon Phantoms Saturday, taking the games 16-9 and 10-0.

On Sunday, they were kept out of the finals by the Saskatoon Raiders, losing by a score of 6-2.

They managed to take third place shortly afterward, beating the Regina Saints in a close 6-5 bout.

Coach Morgan Walter says that the team had an impressive weekend.

"It was unbelievable. We came in on fire right off the start and we were able to walk away with a bronze medal," said Walter, "We went through provincials with a 4-1 record so that was pretty impressive."

Walter attributes the team's success to their high energy and morale, especially after their first win against the Saints.

"Honestly the thing that I think boosted us most was that first win against the Regina Saints on Friday," said Walter, "Obviously, the saints had been a team that we lost to previously, and not just lost by a couple of runs, so they're a big rival of ours. 

"We came into the game ready to play. Everybody was geared up, we had our energy rolling, our defense got the ball rolling really well, and we were able to pull off an 8-7 win. That really just boosted our energy."

Now, the team is looking to do well in league playoffs, with Walter confident in her team.

"We know we've been playing the game super well, it was clean, hitting the ball, defensive-wise," said Walter, "So obviously that's going to give the girls a lot of confidence. We placed the highest out of any team in the league at provincials so that gives us a bit of confidence heading into the playoffs."

The Sun Devils play their first playoff game tonight against the Regina Royals.