Selects weather tough schedule and a hard rain

By Jamie Harkins

August 5, 2017 12:03 AM

White Rock Renegades 2000 pitcher Taylor De Adder throws a strike against the Smitty’s Terminators.

The Saskatoon Selects beat three teams and a driving rain at the U18 Women’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships on Friday.
The Selects first took the field at Lloydminster’s Legion Ball Park for a 9 a.m. tiebreaker match against the B.C. Richmond Islanders 2000. A heavy downpour had already begun in the Border City with the rain continuing throughout the Selects 6-5 comeback win.
The Selects enjoyed a short break following the game before stepping back onto the muddy and puddle filled field to face the Mississauga S.W. Hurricanes for a second tiebreaker game that would once again be played through steady rain. Selects pitcher Sarah Beatty helped her team to 5-3 win against the Hurricanes throwing seven innings of five-hit ball and crushing a solo home run.
The girls finally got a chance to head indoors, for a few hours anyway, after beating the Hurricanes, but were back in action at 6 p.m. under more favourable conditions for a championship round game against the Brampton Blazer Alexander. Kelsey Sonntag and Alex Paulsen went deep versus the Blazer while Jordan Kulbida went 4-for-5 in the Selects 12-10 win.
The B.C. White Rock Renegades 1999 also braved an early afternoon rain to beat the Waterloo Ghost Midget Gold 3-2 in the championship round one-versus-four game. The White Rock Renegades 2000 followed suit shortly afterwards by pounding the Manitoba Smitty’s Terminators 10-0 in the championship round two-versus-three game.
The Guelph Gators outlasted the remnants of the rainfall and the Winnipeg Lightning to capture a 8-7 victory in the final tiebreaker game setting themselves up for a opportunity to compete for the Confederation Cup. The Hurricanes beat the Quebec Rebelles 7-0 in the opening game of the Confederation Cup playoffs while the U18 Victoria Devils knocked off the Manitoba Thunder 5-3 in a championship round game on Friday evening.
The host Lloydminster Liners took the field against the B.C. Richmond Islanders 2000 in the final game on Friday night. The Islanders prevailed 5-2 in a hard fought battle between the teams which are both contending for the Confederation Cup.

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