BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER Gabby Jamieson of the Surrey Storm ’96 Selects beats a tag from Elyssa Dunlop of the Parksville Rage at first base during a Futures Select game Sunday at the 2013 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship at Softball City.

National teams arrive at Softball City

Women’s International tournament starts in Surrey tomorrow; Quebec leads Elite division.

The youth divisions were centre stage in the first four days of the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, but international competition will highlight the rest of the week.

And judging by the results of the US World Cup of Softball which concluded Sunday in Oklahoma, the six-team Women’s International tournament at Softball City is wide open.

Japan defeated the United States 6-3 to win the World Cup title, a game that was a rematch of last year’s Canadian Open final, also won by Japan by a 9-6 score. Australia edged Canada 4-3 in extra innings in the third-place game.

Japan, Canada and the U.S.A. were tied for first place after round robin play, each with a 3-1 (won-lost) record. Australia was fourth at 1-3, with Puerto Rico in the basement at 0-4.

The top four teams from Oklahoma will be in Surrey today for the first games of the Women’s international division at the Canadian Open. Japan opens against Venezuela at 3:30 p.m., followed by Canada taking on the California A’s at 6:30 p.m. Games at 8:30 p.m. include Australia against Venezuela and the A’s playing the U.S.A.

– The Quebec Rebelles have the early lead in the four-team Women’s Elite group.

They erased an early 2-0 deficit to edge the Northwest Lady Sharks 3-2 in eight innings in the first game of the competition Saturday. They then unleashed an 18-hit attack to thump Team BC 10-3 in six innings Sunday.

Team BC and the White Rock Renegades are tied for second, each with a win and a loss.

– The Futures (18-and-under) and Showcase (16-and-under) Select tournaments concluded yesterday with championship games, after The Leader press deadline.

American teams claimed the top three seeds for the Futures Selects playoff round.

The Spokane Diamonds, Edmonds Stars and Oregon Fastpitch were the three group winners after round robin play, each with four wins in as many games. Spokane allowed just one run to take the top-seed. Edmonds was scored on just four times and was seeded second, while Oregon surrendered five runs and earned the third seed.

Two teams from the Surrey Storm rep program earned the top two seeds for the Showcase Select playoff, each with four wins in four round robin games.

Just Posted

South Surrey burn survivor shares ‘worst’ experience

Manpreet Braich suffered second- and third-degree burns in 2013

Out with a roar: Dinosaurs take over forest at Surrey school on last week of class

Six colourful creatures painted by Grade 3 students led youngsters on an expedition in the outdoor classroom

Five Surrey players to hit ice at Brick Invitational hockey tournament

Prestigious atom-level event runs July 1-7 in Edmonton

‘The Last Straw’: Cloverdale-Langley City MP wants zero plastic waste by 2030

John Aldag tabled report on plastic pollution in the House of Commons last week

Surrey city council cost taxpayers nearly $1M in 2018

That includes more than $151,372 in expenses from the former council

VIDEO: Stop-motion artist recreates Kawhi Leonard’s famous buzzer-beater

It took Jared Jacobs about 40 hours to make the video, on top of the research

Two helicopters reportedly seized by RCMP near U.S. border south of Cultus Lake

Federal Mounties mum on raid two weeks after dramatic raid reported by Columbia Valley residents

Man shot dead in Vancouver’s fifth homicide of 2019

Body was found in an apartment near Main Street and East 35 Avenue

Abbotsford council declines to declare climate emergency

Mayor says city is working to reduce emissions, but that procedures preclude immediate action

Rock slide in B.C. river may hinder salmon passage

DFO says it is aware that the slide occurred in a narrow portion of the Fraser River

Four-hour tarmac delay violates charter rights of Canadians with a disability: lawsuit

Bob Brown says new rules reduce the distance he can travel by air without putting his health at risk

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Most Read

l -->