Heat wins Spring Sizzle

Kelowna Heat
Kelowna Heat's Morgan Cederholm connects for a three-run home run against Fraser Valley Saturday during the Spring Sizzle fastball tournament at Kinsmen High Noon Park.
— image credit: Fred Schaad/Contributor

The host Kelowna Heat saved their best for last at the Spring Sizzle midget A girls fastball tournament.

The Heat, who had lost twice in the round robin, capped the weekend off with four straight wins, including a dominant 12-1 victory over the previously unbeaten Delta team in Sunday's championship game at High Noon Park.

Rachel Penner shut down Delta on just one hit over five innings and didn't allow an earned run.

Taylor Weixl powered the Kelowna attack with three hits, including a home run, and three RBIs.

One of Felisha Vogelaar's three hits was a home run, while Ally Lumsden homered and drove in a pair.

It was the Heat's first full tournament action of the season and, after a slow start, head coach Bernie Penner said his team got better as the weekend progressed.

"Once we got into playoffs we squeaked out a first close game and then took total control of the event to the finish," said Penner.

"We reached our goal as we wanted to play seven games this weekend and winning it all was the bonus the girls deserved. It was great to see into game five, six and seven of the weekend that our defense and pitching remained very strong allowing our hitters ample time to put the game away."

In the quarterfinals, Christine Dewitt's walk-off solo home run was the difference in a 3-2 win over St. Albert.

Morgan Cederholm added a two-run home run in the fifth inning.

In the semifinal, Lumsden tossed a two-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over the Fraser Valley Fusion. Christine Dewitt homered, Josee Arpin had two RBIs, while Lumsden had two hits and scored twice.

In the round robin, the Heat beat St. Albert 5-0 and Richmond 14-0, while losing 8-7 to Fraser Valley and 5-2 to the Alberta Wildcat Warriors.

The rest of the Heat are Tye Lyn Nadin, Allie Johnson, Tori Turton, and Olivia Brava.




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