On the final weekend of the season for the White Rock Renegades, the association’s under-16 girls fastpitch team brought home a national bronze medal.
Last weekend in Delta, the Renegades 2002 – a first-year team in the U16 division – went undefeated through round-robin action, then landed a spot on the podium after the playofff rounds to wrap up a summer season that saw Renegade teams win a total of three medals at Canadian championships.
Earlier this month, a pair of White Rock teams won gold and silver, respectively, at U18 nationals in Lloydminster, Alta.
“It’s a great result – an absolute great result – for a first-year team,” said Renegades association president Greg Timm. “To win gold, silver and a bronze medal at nationals is really great for us.”
The 2002-born ’Gades are no stranger to the podium at Canadian championships, having captured a U14 title last year in Winnipeg.
Having a top-three finish in their first go-round at the U16 level bodes well for their success next season, Timm added, pointing out that the U18 champion Renegades ’99 followed a similar path, finishing second last year before winning it all as a second-year squad.
The Mark Riske-coached Surrey Storm ’01 – whom Timms called “a powerhouse” of a team – won silver medals, after a 6-5 loss to the Delta Heat ’01 in the title game.
In semifinals of the double-life format tournament, the Renegades – who had lost earlier in the day to the Storm, fell 3-2 to Heat ’01, and ended up ranked third after the Heat knocked off the Storm in the final game of the day.