The Kelowna U18 Heat placed second at the Spokane Summer Classic. The Heat are: (back, left) Darren Bennett, Ann Marie Crandlemire, Emily Elsom, Emma Profili, Ron Huston, Marlayna Martin, Emily Wright, Racquel Bennett, (front) Ali Giesbrecht, Brea McCormack, Tyler Carver, Haley Martin, Dani Knopf and Katie Huston. Missing are Danya Truscott-Plitt and Taylor Callow

Heat grabs silver at Spokane tourney

Kelowna U18 girls continue strong play this season with a second-place effort

The Kelowna U18B Heat’s solid 2017 season continued last weekend with a second-place showing at the Spokane Summer Classic girls fastball tournament.

Facing some top end American competition, the Heat reached the championship final of the tournament against the North Idaho Xtreme. Kelowna carried a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning but couldn’t hold off the unbeaten Xtreme in a 6-2 loss.

The North Idaho team also edged the Heat 3-2 earlier in the tournament to open the round robin.

Kelowna’s second game of the weekend was a 5-5 tie against the Helena Silverstorm, followed up by a 10-1 win over the Cawston Koyotes 10-1, behind a three-run home run by Emily Wright.

In the playoffs, Kelowna defeated the Spokane Crew 8-1. Tyler Carver hit a pair of home runs and had five RBIs, while Racquel Bennett also homered to send the Heat into the final game.

Next up for Kelowna is the Canada Cup at Softball City in White Rock. Kelowna will be looking for a B.C. title July 14 to 16 at High Noon Park when the Heat host the provincial U18B championship.