Langley REP Softball Program Caps of Successful Season with 4 Bronze Medals at Provincials
The Langley Rep Softball program sent teams to the Softball BC Provincials Championships July 17 – 19 in various parts of the Provinces.
Starting with the U12 division, the Langley Xtreme 2003 Softball team used dogged determination and their bench strength to battle their way to a 3rd place finish out of 16 teams. Sending five different pitchers to the mound and fielding every one of their 14 players, the team battled both their opponents and the sweltering heat at Richmond’s London Park over nine games. After going a perfect 4-0 in the preliminary round, the team started the double knock-out playoffs Saturday evening with a big 7-3 win over their cross river rivals the Ridge Meadows Rage. However, Sunday started with a potentially devastating 11-1 lost to the eventual gold medal winner Richmond Islanders. With the potential of going home with a second loss, the girls found their strength and determination to take out the Vancouver Wildcats in a come from behind 10-8 win. With barely enough time to cool down and get a cold drink, next up was the Cloverdale Fury less than 1 hour later. This offensive struggle featured a lot of high powered offense with the lead changing several times before the Xtreme finally prevailed 14-12. Exhausted but still determined to go for gold, the team played the Regular Season Champion Surrey Storm and had the lead going into the final inning but couldn’t hold on before falling 8-6 to the eventual Silver medal winners. The team won the Bronze Medal.
The Xtreme 03 are: Avery Barker, Makenna Baly, Rylee Baly, Justine Charron, Alysia Dickens, Brooklyn Dougans, Renee Hudson, Ella Lindsay, Paige Martell, Madison Naylor, Makenna Nightingale, Nicole Nordal, Avery Penney, and Olivia Sing. The team is lead by Head Coach Kim Payne and Assistant Coaches Charles Dickens and Don Smith.
Next in the U14B division, the Langley Xtreme 2001 team headed into the Provincial Championship in Maple Ridge as the favourites. The team had already won 6 tournaments this year and was looking to cap off the season with another tournament win. The team started off strong with mercy wins over Victoria 15 – 0 and Ridge Meadows 02 17 – 0 on Friday. Saturday brought 2 mores wins with a 9 – 2 defeat of the South Delta Invaders and a 6 – 0 defeat of their rivals from Surrey. The team headed into the playoffs as the #1 seed. They faced Victoria again in the first round of the playoffs and soundly defeated them 10 – 2. Up next was the Richmond Islanders and with playing their 4th game on a hot Saturday night, the girls lost to Richmond 8 – 3 which knocked them into the Loser’s bracket. Knowing that on Sunday the girls would have to play 4 games to make the finals, they started out strong with a 14 – 1 mercy of the Invaders followed up with a 10-5 win over Kelowna. Heading into the Semi Final game against Richmond, the girls put up a valiant effort but ran out of steam as the team lost in the Semi-finals 4 – 2 and captured their 7th medal of the year with a Bronze Medal at the Provincials. The team finished the season with 65 wins and only 7 losses. Great season girls!!!
The Xtreme 01 are: Piper French, Kayla Michael, Ashley Preston, Nadia Hudson, Jacqueline Hudson, Jayna Hagen, Sam Cox, Kaitlyn Cowie, Jordan Quechuck, Taryn Jenkins, Sierra Miller, and Rebecca Coureynea The team is lead by Head Coach Rob French and Assistant Coach Bill Cox and Bench Coach Holly French.
The U16B division was represented by the Langley Xtreme 1999 who played in Cloverdale. The team started the tournament with a 7 – 2 win over Fleetwood but was followed up by a loss to the South Delta Invaders 99 by a score of 6 – 3. Saturday also started out strong with a 9 – 7 win over the Vancouver Wildcats and then a 8 – 0 drubbing of the Coquitlam Classics. The team headed into the playoffs with a 3 and 1 record which put them up against the North Van Stars in the start of the playoffs. Calista Thirsk threw a no-hitter as the Xtreme thrashed the Stars 8-0. Sunday morning the team had to face the Invaders 99 again but came up short with a 9 – 4 defeat. With one loss now in the double knock-out tournament, the team rallied and beat the Nanaimo Diamonds 9 – 6 and Coquitlam 7 – 2 to head into the Semi Finals. In their 4th game of the day, the team lost to Kelowna 10 – 3 despite a great effort from the team. With that, the team secured the Bronze Medal.
The Xtreme 99 are: Andria Coulbourn, Jessie Wright, Catherine Toop, Lynsey Evans, Teigan Ritchie, Calista Thirsk, Shalene Locke, Emily Morrison, Jennifer Delaney, Terae Walters, Jordyn Scott, Sarah Mior, Taylor Quechuck, Remy Brayshaw and Britney. The Head Coach is Shawn Brayshaw and Assistant Coaches Christy Thompson, Lianne Scott and Montana Turnovitski.
In their final year, the Langley U18B team was represented by the Langley Rebels 1997 who played in Nanaimo. The first 3 games of the Round Robin were mercy wins over teams from Prince George, Penticton and South Delta Invaders 98 but in their fourth game of the Round Robin they played Kelowna but lost 6-4. In the playoffs, the team had to play Kelowna again and mercied them followed up with another win versus Nanaimo. In the Quarterfinals, the team played the Surrey Storm 98 and it was a fantastic game that went into international rules and played two extra innings but ended up losing which sent the team down to the Losers bracket. The Rebels had to play their District 8 rivals from Abbotsford and were up 6-1, but the heat got the best of the girls and they ended up losing 7-6 to secure the Bronze medal. The Rebels 97 are: Sarah Schwagele, Melanie Mullin, Cassidy Komorowski, Sahara Tomahawk, Presley Peccia, Nicole Bolton, Aymee Schwandt, Kyla Woelk, Brooke Deakin, Shannon Chick, Mackenzie Emerson, Jessica Lapensee, Maggie Crossley, and Amy Crossley. The Head Coach is Rob Komorowski and Assistant Coaches Ron Adams and Duane Chick.
The Langley Rep Softball program was the only program in all of BC to secure 4 medals (one in each division) at the 2015 BC Provincial Softball Championships. Thank you to the Langley Rep Softball Committee, Coaches and Players for such a successful season and making the Langley Rep Softball program one of the best in the Province.
Tryouts for the 2016 season will be coming in September. Take the summer to rest everyone because you deserve it!!!!