Summerland hosts ball tournaments

For the last two weekends Summerland Minor Softball has hosted tournaments at Dale Meadows ball fields.

For the last two weekends Summerland Minor Softball has hosted tournaments at Dale Meadows ball fields.

On May 3 and 4 the U12 and U16 team hosted teams from Chilliwack, Tri-Cities, Mission and Surrey as well as from the Okanagan including Kelowna and Penticton.

Despite the poor weather, all games were played on time and everyone had a lot of fun.

The Summerland U16 team, coached by Tom Nelson and Cindy Chick, and the U12 team, coached by Tyler Chick, both played well but did not advance after the round robin.

The four teams that advanced to the semifinal were Chilliwack, Mission, Kelowna and Surrey in the U12 division.

Chilliwack and Mission played for the gold medal. Chilliwack won in an 8-4 decision while Kelowna, coached by Ron Koch, won the bronze medal.

Kelowna defeated Tri-cities 2005 8-6 to win the gold medal while Tri-Cities 2004 won the bronze.

On the Mother’s Day weekend, Summerland was very busy.

There were 16 U19 teams and nine U14 teams in town.

The teams were from West Kootenay, Abbotsford, Mission, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Surrey and New Westminster, Fleetwood and Surrey as well as the teams from Kelowna, Vernon West Kelowna and Penticton.

The Summerland U19 team is coached by Juanita Kruger and Janet Weir and the U14 teams are coached by Dave Martin and Mike Wright.

The Summerland Scorpios U14 started the tournament playing Fleetwood to a loss. The coaches said the girls were slow starting the game but finished well.

In their second game, they played West Kelowna winning in a 15-6 decision.

The third game of the round robin was a win over Vernon 10-6.

Saturday was a good day for the team. The game Sunday morning was against the winner of the tournament Surrey/Fleetwood who was the class of the group winning every game they played all the way to the gold medal.

The Summerland B and B U19 team had a good weekend with every game.

This team had only played one game before the weekend tournament.

The girls lost all games but coaches Juanita and Janet said they could see the improvement by the end of the weekend.

For the first time in many years the teams advancing to the gold and bronze games were many Valley teams.

Penticton, Kelowna, West Kelowna and Coquitlam were the finalists.

Penticton and Kelowna played six innings with no scoring and then in the seventh Penticton scored two runs to win the gold medal. West Kelowna had an easier time with Coquitlam to win the bronze medal.

Many local volunteers and especially Joe Cutt and Lindsea Cutt provided assistance.