by Rick Kupchuk
Rain delayed the start of the 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championships, but only by a few hours.
Play was scheduled to begin at 10:30 yesterday (Saturday) morning at Softball City and Cloverdale Athletic Park, but the first pitches weren’t thrown until five hours later.
In the end, all but five of the 30 games scheduled on opening day were played, three of which were made up Sunday morning.
The White Rock Renegades were one of two teams to play twice Saturday in the Women’s Elite division, losing 8-0 to the Liaoning club from China, before topping Indonesia-Jakarta 6-1 in a contest that ended after midnight.
Team BC lost a pair of contests, falling 7-0 to the pre-tournament favourite California A’s in an afternoon game then dropping a close 3-2 decision to Team Peru in the evening.
The only other game played saw the St. Louis Extreme Elite top Mexico 11-4.
Two local teams are top the standings in the Futures (under-18) Select division. The Surrey Storm ’95 Select has won the first three of their four round robin games, allowing just two runs while scoring 36 to climb into first place in Pool A.
The North Delta Sunfire has also won all three games to lead Pool B, outscoring the opposition 25-2.
All 10 teams advance to a single-knockout playoff, which gets underway tomorrow morning.
The Showcase (under-16) Select round robin also concludes this evening, with the top eight teams moving on to the single-knockout playoff round.
Group leaders with won-lost records in the round robin include the Ridge Meadows Rage (3-0) and Fleetwood Force ’96 (3-0) in Pool A, the Surrey Storm ’96 Select (3-0) in Pool B, and the Duncan Dragons (3-0) in Pool C.
The first games in the Showcase Gold competition will be played at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Monday) morning at Cloverdale Athletic Park, with the Futures Gold division starting play at 10:30 a.m. at Softball City and Sunnyside Park.