Sooke U14C fast pitch girls get the gold, go to Provincials

On June 14, the Sooke U14C fast pitch girls became the South Island Vancouver Island District champions.

The U14C fast pitch girls were fundraising over the weekend

On the weekend of Saturday, June 14, the Sooke U14C fast pitch girls became the South Island Vancouver Island District champions. They took the gold over Oak Bay in a final game that ended in Sooke’s favour, 16 to 8, on Sunday. Leading up to the finale were four decisive wins: against Central Saanich with a 15-0 win, against Langford with a 14-2 win, against Cordova Bay with an 11-2 win, and against Lakehill with an 8-3 win.

Many of the players attributed their win to the spirit of the entire team. Catcher Taylor Clawson noted that team members support each other tremendously. Karyl Musfelt-Trivino, second base and fielder added, “No one got mad when there was a mistake, and we all hit well and played well.”

“Our team has great team spirit,” observed Brianna Barton (short stop, outfield and second base), a sentiment echoed by all the other players on the team. “Girl Power,” Anya Neilsen-Rhoads (right field, second base) called it, and Jenna North (catcher and centre field) referred to the group as a “tight knit group (family) of girls who love competitive ball.”

Besides team spirit, the players kept their focus during the weekend’s tournament. When asked about the main contribution to their success, short stop and catcher Paiton Cameron said it was in part due to “paying attention to the game, (and) playing our hearts out.” To which Nielsen-Rhoads added “Our great coaches, and our great way of working together.”

The team felt relatively optimistic going into the tournament.

“Throughout the whole season, we won 24 out of 25 games and scored over 300 runs,” reported Erin Haldane (pitcher, first and third base). “Less than 100 runs were scored against us.”

Alana Gibb (second base, short stop and centre field) felt “extremely confident in our ability as a team,” and gave credit to both the team spirit and the coaching they received.

Daniella Hoolaeff (pitcher and third base) had a “good feeling” about the tournament although she “felt nervous about the last few games.” Nonetheless, Hoolaeff had full confidence in the hard work that the entire team gives to the game. Erin Nielsen (first base) also gave full credit to the power of teamwork in marking their success.

Ultimately, Hailey Steele (pitcher and then some) attributes their win to perseverance. “We didn’t give up,” she summed up.

That weekend’s tournament, graced with a gold, will see the Sooke girls head to the Provincials on the Weekend of July 4. The games will be held in Ridge Meadows, Maple Ridge BC.

With notes from Tanis Rhoads

Just Posted

Canada Women’s Rugby 7s Team land at home after series triumph

Next stop at Langford offers Olympic qualification

Group aims to raise $250k ahead of Sarah Beckett Playground’s August opening

Not yet halfway to goal for equipment costs, but plans for upcoming fundraisers are underway

Second earthquake in less than two hours strikes off Vancouver Island

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

Saanich soccer player survives bout with flesh eating disease

Harinder Sandhu picked up the disease after soccer game

Two-sailing waits continue Victoria to Tsawwassen

Backlog continues despite extra sailings over Easter

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand ‘a roof too’

Wealthy people have donated millions to effort to rebuild cathedral after devastating fire

United Way opens grants to help charities tackle social issues

Charities north of the Malahat can apply for grants $2,000 to $20,000

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Multiple sailing waits as BC Ferries deals with Easter Monday traffic

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 straws each year

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Most Read