The West Kelowna D’Backs won gold in the 18U division of the Valley of Champions. -Image: Contributed

VOC hardware for Kelowna/West Kelowna teams

Seven medals for Central Okanagan teams at annual tournament.

Seven of 12 local teams earned medals at the 2017 edition of the Valley of Champions baseball tournament.

The West Kelowna D’Backs captured the gold medal in the 18U division, defeating Prince George 3-1 in Sunday’s final. The D’Backs, who finished the tourney at 4-1, avenged an earlier 13-2 loss to Prince George in the round robin.

Other medals for Central Okanagan based teams:

• West Kelowna Diamondbacks 13U AA—silver

• Central Okanagan Minor Baseball Association 15U AAA—bronze

• Central Okanagan Minor Baseball Association 15U A—bronze

• Central Okanagan Minor Baseball Association 13U A—bronze

• Central Okanagan Minor Baseball Association 11U AAA—bronze

• Central Okanagan Minor Baseball Association—11U A—bronze

This year’s Valley of Champions tournament featured 70 teams from B.C. and Alberta, with players from 10 to 18 years of age competing in four age divisions.

The profits from the tournament go back to the local associations for baseball development in the community, including coaches training, umpire development, grass roots as well as elite player development.