Kaylin Fowler of the Alberni Valley Blazers takes her turn at bat during a U19C girls’ provincial softball championships game on Friday

Chilliwack wins gold in U19C championship

Alberni Valley Blazers win girls’ softball silver in double knockout rematch with Stealers at the U19C girls' BC Softball Championships.

A bad call by Chilliwack Stealers’ third base coach at the end of the third inning that resulted in an out at homeplate was the rally call the Stealers needed to win the U19C girls’ BC softball championship, Sunday in Port Alberni.

Stealers’ third-base coach Tony Rahnborn admitted he made a bad call and congratulated the girls after they scored seven straight runs to beat the host Alberni Valley Blazers 9-2 in the gold medal final.

“We got a girl out going home and went into the (fourth) inning and that’s when they started to rally,” head coach Kurtis Guthrie added. “We opened it up a bit and scored most of our runs in that inning.”

Chilliwack beat Mission, Sooke and the Alberni Valley in the eight-team double knockout round to enter the gold medal game from the winners’ side.

(Story continues below)

The Stealers have had a strong team for the past few years, and Guthrie praised them for their string of successes. “We’ve been together for four years, a large core of girls. This year we had two 19-year-olds and the rest were first-year U19s, and one girl was a U16.”

The Blazers played four games on Sunday, losing a close 2–1 game to the Stealers to drop to the consolation round, then beating View Royal 7–0 to face Chilliwack in the final. View Royal won bronze medals.

“The girls played really well,” Blazers head coach Shannon Charlesworth said. “They played nine games and won seven of nine games. We had one bad inning.”

These two teams met each other two years ago at the U16C provincial championships, also in Port Alberni. That year Chilliwack won bronze, Alberni Valley won silver and Maple Ridge won the gold medals. Last year the Blazers won the provincial title, making them defending champions.

The Blazers, many of whom will age out of minor softball after this season, thanked head coach Shannon Charlesworth after the game “for taking us to nine straight provincial championships.”

The Blazers also had a core team through many of those championships, Charlesworth said.

Charlesworth said community support throughout the weekend was a motivator for the Blazers.

“The park was full of home fans to cheer them on, which was really nice.”

editor@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/alberninews

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

 

 

Just Posted

Port Alberni co-ops targeted in different crimes

One break-and-enter, one case of graffiti at each gas station

Offroad racing happening at Alberni Motorsports Park July 21–22

Last mud truck event until September on the Port Alberni track

Lease agreement signed for Port Alberni oil spill response base

25-year lease agreement is part of a larger expansion plan

Cherry Creek sets water restrictions for summer 2018

Stage One water restrictions are in effect immediately

EDITORIAL: Rezoning would unravel red tape for business in Port Alberni

Harbour Quay is traditionally for tourist and marine-based businesses…

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

Hundreds of athletes and thousands of volunteers, coaches, parents and officials

B.C. city wants pot punted from farmland

Concerned about conversion from growing food to making marijuana

World’s translators push back on forcing Trump interpreter to testify

Democrats had asked translator to testify about Trump’s lengthy conversation with Putin in Helsinki

No decision on B.C. school stabbing suspect’s mental fitness for trial

The BC Review Board could not determine whether Gabriel Klein, 21, is fit to stand trial

Canadian government threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs

U.S president had suggested that auto imports pose a national security risk to the U.S.

Wildfire evacuation order forces bride to search for new wedding venue

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards is under an order due to the Mount Eneas wildfire south of Peachland

Recent online kitten abuse video raises serious social media questions

UBC and UFV profs weigh in on the subject of online sharing, shaming, and our digital landscape

UPDATED: ICBC fights back against claims that it’s ‘ripping off’ B.C. RV drivers

Canadian Taxpayers Federation is urging the provincial government to open up ICBC to competition

Summerland issues State of Local Emergency in response to wildfire

Two homes under evacuation order; evacuation alert remains in place as result of wildfire

Most Read