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Best in B.C. gather for softball glory in Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:08 PDT, Wed July 24, 2019

Last Updated: 4:37 PDT, Tue August 6, 2019

It was double the fun last weekend as the Richmond Islanders hosted the B.C. Senior and Intermediate A women’s softball championships.

It was double the fun last weekend as the Richmond Islanders hosted the B.C. Senior and Intermediate A women’s softball championships.

The weekend also ended positively for the Richmond Islanders, as the team coached by Al Groff, placed third in the Intermediate A group behind Strawberry Vale (from the Victoria area) and South Surrey-White Rock Thunder.

Delete Heat 98 edged out New Westminster Kaos for top spot in the Senior A group, followed by Surrey Storm.

Wins over the Thunder on Friday evening and the Legends early Saturday morning put the Islanders second after the two-game round robin. In the playoffs, a come-from-behind victory over the Delta Spirits in extra innings lifted to locals to the semifinals. Richmond fell short of its gold medal bid with an early Sunday loss to Strawberry Vale and a subsequent loss in a high-scoring tilt with the Thunder.

 In the Senior A Division, after a year not playing, Kaos coach Deb Tidy put her uniform back on to pitch in pair of games to lead her team to the final. Tidy is a Hall of Fame player who can still throw at the Senior A level, noted Islander coach Groff. The Heat, in fact, is made up of several former minor softball players who won national titles with the Heat in the late 1990s.

This weekend (July 26-28), the Richmond Islanders (Strohan) and Mustangs will compete among 11 teams in the provincial Senior B women’s championships at London Park.

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