Agony, thrill for top ball teams at nationals

White Rock All-Stars miss berth at Little League World Series, while Renegades ’97 take softball crown in PEI.

The championship run is over for White Rock’s boys of summer, but the city’s girls are just getting started.

The White Rock All-Stars’ baseball season came to an abrupt end Sunday in Nova Scotia, one game shy of the Little League World Series, after a 5-1 loss to Ontario in the Canadian Little League Championships final.

Meanwhile, just a few hundred kilometres away in Prince Edward Island, the White Rock Renegades ’97 were victorious in their national fastpitch final, claiming a Canadian U16 title after a 3-1 win over Calgary Kaizen.

The Renegades ’97 are the first of a handful of local teams taking aim at a national crown this month – the Canadian U18 championships, as well as the national U14 jamboree, are both set to hit the field in coming days.

“I said a few weeks ago that our teams have a shot to win in all (the national championships),” said White Rock Renegades president Greg Timm. “This is a good start.”

While the Peninsula natives were celebrating in O’Leary, P.E.I. Sunday, the mood  was more sombre further east in Glace Bay, N.S, as the White Rock All-Stars packed up their baseball gear and headed for home, rather than for a trip south to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Until that point, White Rock had gone 7-0 in the tournament and were undefeated at provincials and district championships, too.

“It’s very disappointing, and the boys were pretty emotional after – we all know how close we came (to advancing),” said White Rock coach Jeff Crossley.

“But at the end of the day, it was a great run and we’re really proud of the kids. It’ll probably take them a little longer to reflect on this experience, but they’ll bounce back.”

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