U-19s finish fifth at BCs

The Alberni Girls U19 Blazers came home from their softball provincials in Richmond with a fifth place finish last weekend.

The Girls U19 Blazers came home from their softball provincials in Richmond with a fifth place finish last weekend.

The Blazers finished fourth overall in the initial round robin and advanced to the double knockout championship round, where they won once and lost twice to finish fifth.

“They’re mostly 16-year-olds and a few 17-year-olds competing in the U19 classification,” coach Shannon Charlesworth said.

“It’s a three-year age gap and they are the youngest. They played hard.

“They exceeded my expectations from where I thought they were going to finish,” Charlesworth added.

Cranbrook Heat won the gold medal, defeating View Royal Stingers. Gibsons Crusherz finished third.

EXTRA BASES…The Alberni Valley Minor Softball Association will apply to host the 2015 U19-C provincials next summer. “We’ve had such a great history of hosting provincials,” Charlesworth said.

“Usually we apply every year and get a provincial—it just depends.”

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