Three softball players from Barriere helped the Zone 2 (Thompson- Okanagan) boys team place second at the BC Summer Games the July 20 – 22 weekend in Surrey.
They were squeezed out for first place by much the same team as had cost them the Provincial Peewee Championship in Clearwater the weekend before.
The team consisted of the three Barriere boys (Mathew Lee, Nick McInnis, and Owen Hawkings), nine boys from Clearwater, four Merritt boys, and four coaches. The coaches were Cheryl Flundra, Steven Flundra and Kaylen Flundra from Kamloops, and Melody Romeo from Clearwater.
On Friday the team had its first game at 9 a.m. facing the Fraser Valley Zone 3A team. After a strong start, with Zone 2 ahead 8 – 1, the game was called due to rain. With the rain not stopping all the games for the Friday were cancelled. Teams were told that the round robin would consist of only two games. On Saturday Zone 2 faced Zone 8 (Cariboo- Northeast). Zone 8 took the win with a score of 13 – 6. The next game was against Zone 6 (Vancouver Island). Zone 2 won that game in a mercy call of 8 – 1.
The finals were decided on wins/loses, run for /against and then bases touched. Zone 2 made it into the finals in fourth position, with it coming down to bases touched.
The first game of the semi-finals was Saturday night against the first place team, Zone 8 (Cariboo- Northeast). With a close score Zone 2 won the game in the final inning by three runs.
The final game Sunday morning was to determine gold/silver standings. The Zone 2 players faced basically the same team as they had in the 2012 Provincials. Zone 3 won the gold and Zone 2 won the silver.
This was the first time that Zone 2 has received a medal in the Summer Games since 2006. Cheryl Flundar was the coach of that team also.