Xtreme 2003B wins Silver in Surrey!
At their debut tournament of the season, the Langley Xtreme ’03 fast pitch team claimed a well fought silver medal in Surrey this past weekend.
Months of practice and conditioning paid off as the girls, ages 11-12, dominated in early games with strong infielding skills. Superior defensive skills behind the plate also helped keep other teams at bay. Back catchers worked to intimidate runners with quick, accurate throws which minimized stolen bases. The Langley Xtreme ’03 also benefited from the depth of its roster, able to pull from an excellent contingent of pitchers, ensuring high energy levels during each match.
Much confidence was shown at the plate throughout the weekend, seeing a multitude of home runs and triples. The team also ran a strategic short game, with many well placed bunts, working to advance the runners. Batting skills were complemented by fast legs allowing many runs to be scored.
Second baseman, Nicole Nordal’s defensive ability, along with her text book slap bunts, helped her earn the game MVP against the Langley Xtreme ’04 and the win. Renee Hudson was awarded game MVP in the second game of round robin play due to her pitching and home run hitting which brought the team within 2 runs of beating the Surrey Storm ’03 (10-8). In the last preliminary game, against the Fleetwood Force, Rylee Baly stood out as game MVP for her hard work at short stop and at the plate, hitting a homer that helped the Xtreme win 15-0. The girls were then able to qualify for the gold medal game by beating the Ridge Meadows Rage 12-6.
In their last game against the Surrey Storm ‘03, Langley jumped ahead in early innings. In an intense game, both sides put up a good fight, but Surrey was able to rally and bring home more runs in the end to clench the gold medal with a score of 7-3. Despite the upset, the girl’s weren’t disappointed, wearing their silver medals with pride, already planning for their next meeting with the Storm.
Head coach Kim Payne said “I am so proud of these girls! Not only have they showcased their talent, but they supported each other through every play. This was a great team building exercise”.
The Langley Xtreme ‘03 are a force to be reckoned with, who will continue to work hard, honing their skills throughout the season in preparation for Districts and Provincials. And what’s next for these young women? They are off to another tournament in Washington State next weekend to show the Americans a thing of two about Canadian fast pitch.