The Kelowna Klash defeated the Kelowna Homers 9-4 in an exciting extra-inning game to capture gold at the Spring Sizzle U19C Girls Fastball Tournament Sunday at Kelowna’s High Noon Park.
The Klash fell behind 3-0 going into the sixth inning. Aysha Bedard led off the inning with a single followed by a one out walk to Robyn Johnston. Three runs were scored on back-to-back two out hits by Brooke Lambert and Tanelle Smith to tie the game.
The Homers scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to go up 4-3. Tessa Barbour led off the seventh with a single, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Alima Pauline-Gall to again tie the game. Smith made an outstanding running catch in the bottom of the seventh with the winning run being left at 3rd base.
In the top of the 8th inning Klash got hits from Bedard, Jensen Clare, Cheyenne Furrer and Smith as the Klash exploded for five runs. Lambert went the distance on the mound for the victory.
In the playoff games leading up to the final the Klash again needed an extra inning to defeat the Kelowna Howlers 17-12. Brittney Swanson and Ali Littlefield each had three hits for the winners. In the semi-final game the Klash crushed Vernon 22-5 with Emily Turton, Haley Martin, Pauline-Gall and Smith each contributing four hits.
The Klash had finished second in their pool in the round robin portion of the competition losing 10-4 to the Homers.
The Klash then followed up with a 13-2 win over Vernon and a hard fought come from behind 5-4 win over the Westside Outlaws. Julia Lambert was the winning pitcher in both games.