The Fleetwood Force celebrate after winning the Showcase Selects championship at the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship at Softball City Wednesday afternoon.

The Fleetwood Force celebrate after winning the Showcase Selects championship at the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship at Softball City Wednesday afternoon.

Force triumph in Showcase Selects final

Fleetwood team wins under-16 championship

The Fleetwood Force are champions of the Showcase Select division of the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch Championship.

The Force edged the Washington Whatcom Warriors 3-2 Wednesday afternoon at Softball City, completing a three-game run through the eight-team playoff.

The Force went into the knockout portion of the under-16 tournament seeded fifth after posting a 2-2 (won-lost) record in round robin play. They then upset the fourth-seed Strawberry Vale Stealth of Victoria 12-4 Tuesday afternoon, and topped the top-seed Abbotsford Outlaws 9-2 in the semifinal round. Prior to the loss to the Force, Abbotsford was undefeated in five games.

The Duncan Red Hots won the Futures Selects championship, doubling the South Surrey/White Rock Thunder ’93 4-2 in Wednesday night’s championship game.

Duncan was the fourth-seed for the playoff round, going 2-2 in round robin play. They ripped the Ridge Meadows Rage 12-4 in the quarterfinal round, then blanked the South Surrey/White Rock Thunder ’94 5-0 in semifinal play.

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