Chilliwack Stealers book ticket to provincials
The U-16 Chilliwack Stealers girls fastpitch team claimed first place in District playdowns earning them a spot in Provincials in Port Alberni July 4 to 6.
As underdogs winning local playdowns, these first-year bantams were up against a strong second-year team. The Slammers fought hard but in the end it was the Stealers with the ticket to Districts.
Strong pitching by Amanda Marshall and Ashley Guthrie kept the Langley Eh at bay in the first District game of the day at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.
Mission Elite claimed game two, forcing the Stealers to battle their way through the back door to get to the finals, and they did thanks to home runs from Danika Rahnborn, Amanda Marshall and a beauty pick off on third by Taylor Macdonald.
Great team work from catcher Kiana Kelly and shortstop Mercedes Schneider claimed several outs on second base. Fielders Nathania Braun, Danaye Reinhardt, Maddison Atkins and Trisha Jensen had some tremendous running catches claiming some much needed outs.
The final game was tight all the way through. Marshall pitched the entire game resulting in many strikeouts. Catcher Kiana Kelly was on fire and determined no one would steal home.
A beautiful bunt by Mackenzie Johansen advanced the runners. The game was tied going into the final inning. Parents were on the edge of their seats when Caitlyn Fedrau drove in the winning run. Both Chilliwack and Mission will advance to provincials.