SURREY — Tears were shed when the Surrey Storm U14B girls fastpitch team took home gold in the Western Canadian championships in North Battleford, Saskatchewan earlier this month.
“They even had the parents crying,” said team manager John Murphy, who was ecstatic to watch the team win on Aug. 7, the B.C. Day holiday.
“We were representing B.C. here. We got a gold for B.C…. The pinnacle is to win the Western Canadians, and we did that,” he added.
Murphy said he was especially proud because as a “B” team, they knocked off “A” teams to win the title.
The Surrey team flew out of Abbotsford to Saskatchewan and played two games Friday (Aug. 4), two Saturday and two Sunday, followed by playoffs on Monday.
The teens were undefeated 6-0 in round robin play. “The Storm dominated,” Murphy said.
They beat eight teams to take the top spot: South Delta Invaders, Sherwood Park Storm (AB), Lloydminster Liners (AB), Westman Magic (MB), Manitoba Thunder (MB), Unity (SK), Alameda Supernova (SK), Battleford Bandits (SK).
On Friday, Aug. 4, Storm topped Manitoba Magic with a 14-1 win followed by a 8-1 victory over Saskatchewan Unity. Storm continued to persevere with wins over Sherwood Park (8-4) and tourney host Battleford Bandits (6-0) on Saturday. Sunday saw the Storm take Manitoba Thunder (10-3) and Alameda Supernovas (11-9).
Playoff action began Sunday evening when Storm handed Lloydminster Liners a 2-1 loss in overtime after a “nail-biting, scoreless” seven innings. The Storm were down 1-0 at the top of the eighth, with bases loaded and two out, when Lauren Rawson of the Storm belted a walk-off triple to right field, allowing Erin Murphy to tie and Elleka Jope to come in for the winning run.
The win ensured the Storm a place in the gold-medal game.
In the golden game on Monday, the Storm defeated Lloydminster 4-3 in seven innings.
This is the second time in three years the Surrey Storm’s U14B has taken the Western Canadian Championship. In 2015, coach Cassidy Smyrski led that team to victory.
Girls interested in playing competitive softball are invited to attend a pre-tryout session with the Storm association on Aug. 22 and 23 at Sullivan Park, located at 15399 62A Ave.
For more information, visit surreystorm.com.