The Westside Outlaws found home cooking and familiar surroundings very much to their liking during the Softball B.C. U19 C girls championship last weekend.
The host Outlaws captured the bronze medal at the 16-team tournament, which included a crucial 6-5 win over Richmond in the playoff round.
During the tournament, Westside posted a 7-2 overall record, drawing plenty of praise from their head coach.
“Just outstanding, phenomenal,” said coach Graeme Duncan said of his team’s effort. “Playing back-to-back games in that heat, it was an unbelievable effort and they showed a lot of mental toughness. When the chips were down they came through, I’m really proud of them.”
The other Okanagan team at provincials was the Kelowna Klash who enjoyed a strong tournament, but lost to Westside 6-2 to eliminate them from medal contention.
Meanwhile, the opening ceremonies took place at Kinsmen Athletic Park where a fully decked-out bagpipe band marched from one field to the other with all the teams and umpires following behind.
The players were greeted by fastball dignitaries and local politicians such as Mayor Findlater, WFN Councillor Mic Werstuik, and Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas who threw the opening pitch.