Silver lining for Heat U14 girls

The Kelowna Heat girls celebrate the silver medal at a U14 softball tournament last weekend in Pasco, Wash. - Contributed
The Kelowna Heat girls celebrate the silver medal at a U14 softball tournament last weekend in Pasco, Wash.
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The only Canadian team in the field, the Kelowna Heat more than held its own at a U14 girls fastball tournament south of the border.

The Heat went 4-1 at a 12-team tournament last weekend in Pasco, Washington to capture the silver medal.

Kelowna opened the tourney with a 19-4 win over the Tri-City Vipers. Niah Laroy went 2-for-2 including a home run, Racquel Bennett and Emma Caron were also perfect at the plate.

Next up, the Washington Wildcats who were whitewashed by the Heat 18-0. Gracie Barbour and Caron combined for a no-hitter. Missy Vesper went 3-for-3 including a home run, while Barbour also had three hits for the winners.

In the last game of the round robin, Kelowna jumped out to an 8-0 lead then hung on to beat the Washington Angels ‘A’ team 11-7. Barbour was the winning pitcher with Emily Elsom, Haley Martin, and Vesper all perfect at the plate, and  Laroy hitting her second home run of the tourney.

In the semi-final, the Heat routed the Washington Angels ‘B’ team 11-0.

Caron and Laroy combined for the no-hitter, while Sidney Wabneggar, Martin and Caron each had two hits in the win.

In the final the Heat met their match, losing 7-4 to Absolute Blast from Seattle.

Laroy had two RBIs, while Julia Paulson and Caron has one each.

"Carleigh Maniago and Dallas MacMillan help contribute to the overall strong defensive effort of the girls," said Heat manager Darren Bennett.

"A very strong effort to start next season."

The Heat coaches are Bernie Penner, Rachel Penner, Bob Harris and Nelson Hughes.

The Heat u14 team is still looking for a few more players. Please contact Darren at with any inquiries.



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