World’s top softball teams in Surrey for tourney

World's top softball teams in Surrey for tourney

SURREY — Three parks in Surrey will be full of top-quality softball talent this week as Surrey plays host in the 2014 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship.

The 11-day tournament is Canada’s largest softball tournament and starts Friday, July 11, with matches being played at Softball City, Cloverdale Athletic Park and Sunnyside Park.

Some of the world’s best will take to the field, including Team Canada, Team USA, Team Japan and Team Mexico in the women’s international division.

Team Canada plays its first game of the tourney at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at Softball City.

There will also be an opportunity to see the future of softball as the tournament also has a select and gold youth tournament that will feature many local teams from North Delta Sunfire, White Rock Renegades, Surrey Storm and South Surrey Thunder.

The tournament, run by the Canadian Open Fastpitch Society, is one of the largest women’s-only sporting events in the country.

The society will also host the 2016 ISF XV Women’s World Softball Championship which will see more than 30 countries competing in Surrey. For more information, visit the tournament website at Canadianopenfastpitch.com.