This weekend the U19 Summerland Scorch coached by Joe Cutt and U14 teams coached by Tom Nelson and Dave Martin hosted 24 softball teams from all over the province.
Both the U19 and the U14 teams started playing Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the Dale Meadows Sports Complex.
The U19 Scorch played the Port Moody Magic to start. Both teams played well with Port Moody winning a 9-8 heartbreaker.
The Scorch played Fleetwood Bandits next, which was a little lopsided and not for Summerland.
Their next game was against Salmon Arm. Summerland was ahead when the game was called as two Salmon Arm girls had heat stroke.
The final game for Scorch were North Delta Misfits. Again the girls had a lot of good hits and caught but came up short losing 10-8 .
The U19 team’s schedule was difficult as the teams that beat them ended up second, third and fourth in the round robin portions of the tournament.
The other teams advancing to the playoffs were West Kootenay, White Rock/Surrey and Chilliwack.
West Kooteney advanced to the final defeating Chilliwack while Port Moody and Fleetwood advanced to play for the right to play West Kootenay. Port Moody defeated Fleetwood but it took them the full hour and a half to do it.
Port Moody and West Kootenay played five hard fought innings with Port Moody winning 9-8 for first place.
The U14 team coached by Tom Nelson played West Kelowna to begin, with lots of good action. The girls could not catch West Kelowna and were defeated 21-12. As hard as they tried, they did not have any luck this weekend as they were defeated in all of their games.
Dave Martin’s U14 team did not fare any better, but his first game was close which made both girls and coach happy as they are just starting the year.
The Cawston, Penticton, Prince George and Trail teams all advanced to the playoffs for the U14.
Cawston defeated Penticton in the Semi to advance and Trail advanced beating Prince George.
Prince George and Penticton played for third place which Prince George won while Cawston and Trail played five innings with Cawston placing first and Trail placing second.
The next action for the Summerland Scorch U19 team is on June 15 and 16 as they will host the District 9 playoffs for the U16 and U19 divisions, which will lead to the provincials in July.