Crushers win provincial title

Clearwater Crushers won gold in the U18 provincial softball championships with a number of players from Barriere

The Clearwater Crushers team who won gold in the U18 provincial softball championships last weekend  held in Clearwater.  Pictured:  (Back row)  Connor Dee

The Clearwater Crushers team who won gold in the U18 provincial softball championships last weekend held in Clearwater. Pictured: (Back row)  Connor Dee

Clearwater Crushers won gold in the U18 provincial softball championships last weekend. They came first in the round robin and went undefeated all weekend.

Second place went to Williams Lake Prospects while third went to Prince George Timberwolves.

In the U14C provincial event, Clearwater Hitmen came third in their round robin and had to play some extra games to take home third-place bronze.

They were behind first-place Cloverdale Hurricanes and second-place North Surrey Stealers.

Fleetwood Marlins won gold in the U14B event, while 100 Mile N Hour came second.

A total of 11 teams took part in the U18 and U14 provincials in Clearwater from July 17 to 19.

“We had some great ball and weather (a little too hot on Sunday) and everyone had a great time,” said Durvene Gal, the Softball BC rep at the tournament.

She thanked chief referee Don Andrews and the other referees for doing a great job.

The Softball BC rep gave a special thanks to District of Clearwater sports coordinator Melody Romeo for once again doing an outstanding job organizing the provincials.

Romeo noted that this is the fourth year in a row that Clearwater has hosted provincial softball championships.

The municipality had to outbid Richmond and Sooke for  the honour.

“The community gave the guests of the event a warm welcome,” Romeo said. “We give a huge thank you to the volunteers who were not only parents of minor ball players but the citizens of Clearwater. As one attendee put it, ‘Your community is awesome. I would love to live here.”

The welcome dinner was at the Royal Canadian Legion. The legion members were impressed with the manners and behaviour of all the players, Romeo reported.