Fever seek slo-pitch gold
The Okanagan Spring/Progressive Automotive Fever open the Slo-Pitch National Co-Ed C championships today at 11 a.m. against the Abbotsford Rhinos in Leduc, Alta.
The Fever qualified for the national D tournament last year, but didn’t go since most of their girls were already entered in the women’s B nationals in Calgary, won by the Vernon Whitehouse Mortgage Gators.
“We’ve got a very strong team,” said Fever coach Heather Savitsky. “We have a lot of great pitchers which I’m very happy about. We will certainly be competitive.”
The Fever take on Amp’t out of Lethbridge this afternoon and then battle the Langley Krunch and Damaged Leftovers of Manitoba in Saturday round-robin games.
The double-knockout playoff round begins Sunday with the finals slated for Monday.
Gord Tung, Wayne Larsson, Dave Cover, Kurt Roberts, Belinda Marks (Penticton pick-up) and Ernie Capallo (Kamloops) will share the mound for the Fever.
Rounding out the female portion of the roster are Kelli Graham, Jenn Thatcher, Brandie Hunter, Michelle Embleton and Nancy Lafreniere.
Mike Burke, a former Austrian pro player, Don Hunter, Todd Doyle and Kelowna’s Troy Warner are the other male players with the Fever.
There are nine teams in the C division and 96 teams in total at the SPN event.