Story and Photos Courtesy Jackie Stevens
White Rock, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Devils 96 Girls Fastball Team fireballed their way to the Gold Medal last week at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship that took place at Softball City in White Rock.
This was the first year the Victoria Devils 96 Girls Softball Team had entered into The Canadian Open Fast pitch International Championship Tournament at Softball City that lasted 7 days under the gracious skies of White Rock. It was they say, “the perfect weather for ball!”
The Canadian Open Fast pitch International Tournament, Showcase Gold Division, was comprised of 18 teams from across Canada and the United States. Every year the event is hosted at Softball City in conjunction with the Futures Division, Women’s Elite and Women’s International Divisions. These events are regarded as being in the top 3 Women’s Fast pitch Tournaments in the World.
It started on Monday, July 2nd, the Devils 96ers started out strong against the Abbotsford Outlaws 97 and finished the with a 2-0 win. Tuesday they battled against the Richmond Islanders 96 and won 10-9.
By midweek Wednesday, the Devils were sparking up to blaze a trail that would not stop against the Lloydminster Rebels and shut them down 8-5. The second game against the White Rock Renegades 98 for a 6-5 win proved to be a ignitor for the Devils.
On Thursday the Devils beat the Oak Ridge Diamonds 6-1 and followed that up Friday with a 4-0 victory over the Storm 97. Next, the Devils burned the White Rock Renegades 98 by a close score of 2-1.
On Saturday the Devils started the day by blazing up a 2-1 win over the Delta Heat 97. In the afternoon the Devils suffered their first defeat of the week by dropping a 6-4 decision to the Burnaby Oakeys 96.
Sunday, the sun was in full form on the final day of the tournament that fueled the Devils 96’s into a phenomenal final result. With a sense of revenge for the previous day’s defeat, the players were determined to bring home the gold.
The first game of the day was vs the Delta Heat 97 which resulted in a resounding 11-1 mercy win in the 4th inning. In the final game the Devils 96 showed a great deal of elite athleticism and determination, while getting revenge on the team who handed them their only loss, the Burnaby Oakey’s 96. The final score was a comfortable 7-4 win to bring home the Gold Medal.
The Victoria Devils 96 celebrate their Canadian Open title last Sunday (Photo courtesy Victoria Devils)
In total they played 11 games and suffered 1 minor loss that did not hinder their performance or their ability to stay focused on what clearly was their turn to shine.
And as the 16-year old young athletic girls that they are, they managed to bring home the Gold Cup without it melting away from the heat they brought with them from White Rock.
The Victoria Devils 96 include:
#3 Lei Stevens
#5 McKenzie Preece
#7 Hannah Batch
#8 Megan Lee
#9 Brooke Wallace
#16 Emma Entzminger
#11 Emily Aspden
#13 Caliegh Coels
#18 Chey DeLaronde
#51 Sammy Pearson
#88 Jasmine Strandlund
Coaches: Brian Wallace, Darryl Pearson, John Entzminger and Richard Aspend