There were no early season jitters for the Langley Xtreme as the girls 03 fastpitch team started their season with a well-fought silver medal.
The team was competing in Surrey last weekend (May 2 and 3) winning three of their five games to place second.
Months of practice and conditioning paid off as the 11 and 12-year-old girls dominated in early games with strong infielding skills. Superior defensive skills behind the plate also helped keep other teams at bay. The catchers worked to intimidate runners with quick, accurate throws which minimized stolen bases. The 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.
Langley led the gold-medal game early on, but the Surrey Storm 03 battled back and claimed top spot with a 7-3 win.
The Storm also beat the Xtreme 10-8 in preliminary round play.
In Langley’s first game, they walloped the Langley Xtreme 04 18-0 with Nicole Nordal earning MVP honours with some stellar defensive play as well as textbook slap bunts.
Renee Hudson was the MVP in the 10-8 loss thanks to both her pitching and home-run hitting abilities.
And the final preliminary game saw Rylee Baly earn MVP after belting a home run and flashing the leather at short-stop in a 15-0 win over the Fleetwood Force.
In the semifinals, Langley doubled the Ridge Meadows Rage 12-6.