Storm rolls to national U14 title

Surrey 2001A girls squad captures Canadian fast pitch championship title in Victoria.

The Surrey Storm kept their undefeated streak intact last weekend, en route to a national U14 fastpitch title.

The Surrey Storm 2001A team captured the Canadian championship Sunday, after a 2-1 extra-innings win over Delta Heat 2001.

The Storm – who won a provincial title last month, without losing a game – stayed perfect at nationals, which were held in Victoria Aug. 5-9.

Surrey rolled through the round-robin portion of the tournament with six straight victories, then tallied playoff victories over Ontario’s Waterloo Ghosts, 10-5, and the host Victoria Devils, 7-0, before squaring off against Delta in the final.

In the title game, Surrey took a slim 1-0 lead into the seventh inning, but the Heat tied the game on a Storm error, sending the game to extra innings.

In the ninth, Surrey’s Rachel Drewitt led off with a single, and then, with two outs, a single from teammate Kianna Jones scored Drewitt to win the game.

Storm head coach Mark Riske said the dramatic victory was a “real character builder” for his group, which throughout the season was used to winning games by large margins.

“It was a great way to end a pretty magical year for us,” he said. “We’re really thrilled.”

 

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