Deltans playing in fastpitch champs

Local teams featured among Canadian, international talent

Delta residents heading to the 2011 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship in Surrey next week will have a number of local teams to cheer for.

The Delta Heat ’94 will be competing in the Futures Gold (under 19) division, while the squad’s younger counterparts – Delta Heat ’95 and ’96 – will make a showing in the Showcase Gold (under 16) grouping.

Also representing the community at the July 9-17 championship will be the South Delta Invaders, which are to play in Futures Select (U19).

The event – which will feature more than 400 ball games in Softball City, Sunnyside Park and Cloverdale Park – will also see clubs from elsewhere in Canada and the U.S., and is to welcome top-ranked international teams such as Team Canada, Team USA, Team Japan, Team Venezuela and Team Australia.

The action kicks off at 10:30 a.m. July 9, with the third- and first-place games being played July 17 at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.

Tickets can be purchased online at canadianopenfastpitch.com or at the parks.

This year, fans and spectators are invited to participate in the coverage of the event. Upload photos to Flickr, join in the conversation on Facebook and use #COFP11 on Twitter to report what you’re seeing from the stands. Specific instructions will be available online at BCLocalNews.com.

In addition, Black Press will be providing exclusive coverage of the championship, with videos, stories and multimedia going up on BCLocalNews.com.

Don’t miss our special feature section, and visit our site for links to follow the action live with Pointstreak Sports Technologies real-time scoring, as well as live streaming video provided by SportsCanada.tv

These services are available on both canadianopenfastpitch.com and BCLocalNews.com

—With files from Kolby Solinsky

Surrey North Delta Leader