Saturday’s weather was great for a two game set of fast pitch softball at Art Morris Park. The Sooke U12 Boys, also known as the Sooke Blue Flames, faced some great pitching in the first game and lost 16-7 to Langford. In the second game, the Sooke Blue Flames defeated View Royal 20-13. The boys made some nice defensive plays to tag out runners at the plate, and were very aggressive on the base paths.
“It’s very developmental at this stage,” said Darrell Ell, the team coach. The goal is to catch any developing bad habit and correct it, and to catch any developing good habit and nurture it. “These players are a dedicated bunch, and are having a lot of fun trying different positions and learning this great game.”
The season, which started in mid-April and runs through to the first week in July, consists of about 20 games. In addition, local tournaments can lead to Provincials championships.
With only three teams on the Island, Ell would like to see more players come out and try the game. Fast pitch softball is an excellent team sport and develops great life skills. And even though it’s a boys team, there is room for girls to join in as well.
“Be sure to come by the park and see us practice and play and maybe you can join us next season.”
Their website is www.sookefastball.com.
with notes from Darrell Ell