Summerland hosts fastpitch tournament

On the July 25 and 26 weekend, Summerland Minor Softball hosted the Ladies Senior C/D Provincial Fastpitch Championships.

On the July 25 and 26 weekend, Summerland Minor Softball hosted the Ladies Senior C/D Provincial Fastpitch Championships at Dale Meadows ball fields.

Eleven teams attended with teams participating from Trail, Grand Forks, Spences Bridge along with several coastal teams.

The weather was very mixed with sun, rain, thunder and lightning thus forcing a 15- to 20-minute rain delay on Saturday.

Later on Saturday, the Fleetwood Bandits and the Abbotsford Fireballs squared off in a duel that lasted 14 complete innings.

This created a delay for the 7 p.m. game scheduled on field one forcing a 9 p.m. game time on the same field under the lights.

Sunday brought more sun, rain, wind, thunder and lightning.

Yet another rain delay ensued forcing the players off of three fields.

Volunteers quickly set up two more fields to ensure play for the bronze and gold medal games.

For the C division Kitsilano Galaxy won 2-1 over OK Tire Trail Mix with Fleetwood Bandits taking the bronze.

For the D division Coquitlam Mudd Dawgs won gold over the (Spences) Bridge Brewers 1-0 with the Ridge Meadows Titans taking bronze.

Summerland Minor Softball organizers say the volunteers played a part in the success of the weekend tournament.

These dedicated people put their lives on hold for several days each year to run this organization.

Carol Van Balkom, who has managed Summerland Minor Softball for the last 20 years, is retiring from the physical commitment but is not leaving the sport.

 

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