South Cowichan Youth Softball ends season in fine style
Registration numbers were down slightly but the enthusiasm went way up during the South Cowichan Youth Softball Association season that ended in dramatic fashion Sunday with some great games at the Kerry Park ball fields.
About 220 players took part in the association's co-ed recreational leagues this season.
"We have plans in the works to make it (go) up a bit,'' said Dalyce Waldner, who returned to the presidency from past-president when her replacement elected not to continue.
In the Major Division for 16- to 19-year-olds, Mill Bay Storage won the championship over Hyperactive Design. South Cowichan Storage received the most sportsmanlike team award.
The Senior Division for 13- to 15-year-olds ended with Heritage House Trophies winning the championship over Shawnigan Jet Ski. Heritage House was also named the most sportsmanlike team.
The Intermediate Division for 10- to 12-year-olds was a great story.
"We had huge numbers in intermediate,'' said Waldner. "We should have had five teams.
"That's good news because a lot of those kids will be moving up to senior next year.''
Of the four teams that played intermediate, Mason's came out of nowhere to win gold over Drillwell Enterprises.
Mason's struggled during most of the season. "They had a young, inexperienced team,'' said Waldner.
But the players stuck with it and the coaches arranged extra practices. The team improved immensely and won big while also capturing the most sportsmanlike team trophy.
Other divisions included: Junior for seven- to nine-year-olds and Peewee for five- to seven-year-olds. There was some crossover for the seven-year-olds, with the better, more experienced players moving up.