The only Interior team at the tournament, the host Kelowna Heat more than held its own at the 2011 Spring Sizzle peewee girls fastball tournament.
The Heat posted a 5-1 overall record last weekend at High Noon Park to take third place overall in the 17-team event.
In Sunday’s third/fourth place game, the Heat defeated the Delta Invaders 6-4.
Kelowna went 4-0 in the round robin with wins over North Shore (9-2), Ladner (11-0), Chilliwack (11-2) and Fleetwood (11-2).
The Heat’s only loss came in their first playoff game, 4-3 in extra innings to the Delta Sunfire, a team with six girls who played in the A division last season.
With five players born in 1997, four in 1998, and two in 1999 (squirt age), the Heat is a relatively young team, but it didn’t stop them from competing with—and in most cases beating—teams from the Lower Mainland.
“A lot of the teams the from the coast have all these girls to draw from, but we don’t have that luxury of 50 or 60 girls trying out,” said Heat co-coach Dan Lambert. “All the work the girls put in over the winter indoors has really paid off. It’s a pretty young team and we’re thrilled they had that experience of playing late on Sunday. We were very happy with the way they played.”
The peewee Heat are: Julia Lambert, Tessa Barbour, Taylor Kathler, Angela Soukeroff, Nicole Fedorak, Megan McGillivray, Shayla Tyerman, Emma Lewis, Megan Kneller and Candice Vuong and Tova Turnbul. The coaches are Dan Lambert and Doug Fisher.
The Heat’s next tournament is June 17 and 18 in Richmond.