Giants struck down Anarchy in Kamloops.
Vernon’s Imagine Pools Anarchy’s great run at the Slo-Pitch National Signature Series’ Co-Ed D Division Championships came up one game short.
Anarchy fell to Red Deer’s Cruiser Auto Giants in the championship, dropping both ends of a double-knockout doubleheader.
In the first game the Vernon squad lost 8-6 after giving up six runs in the first inning. In the second game they couldn’t get that timely clutch hit as they stranded 14 base runners and wound up losing 14-6.
“We just couldn’t find our groove on Monday,” said Anarchy’s Taryn Robertson. “We are pleased with our improvement after placing fifth at last year’s nationals in Calgary.”
Imagine Pools’ offence was led by Jen Gartner, Tracy Bell, Braden Robertson and Troy Mick, with player-coach Brandon Solmes coming off the bench with some great timely hits to help the cause.
Imagine Pools went 3-1 in the round robin, losing their opener to the Giants but bouncing back to mercy-rule the Surrey Howlers.
Day two saw Anarchy knock off Edmonton’s Hostile Takeover, followed by a dramatic come-from-behind win against the Pop Flyers out of Red Deer with Garth Gartner hitting a two-run home run to win the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Anarchy continued into the playoff round by beating the Gumboot Killahs from Edson, Alta., then defeated Hostile Takeover again to make it to the one-versus-two game against the Prairie Pleasers from Yorkton, Sask.
Anarchy played great defensively with Melissa Locke leading the way with numerous plays in the field, and Todd Doyle hitting a two-run bomb, holding on for a 10-8 win.
The Anarchy is composed of Taryn Robertson, Jen Gartner, Courtney Bissell, Tracy Bell, Cortnay Solmes, Melissa Locke, Braden Robertson, Brandon Solmes, Brandon Wakeman, Chad Gilroy, Don Prowse, Garth Gartner, Troy Mick and Todd Doyle.
The Anarchy wish to thank their sponsors Imagine Pools and Waterscapes and The Kal Sports Bar for their support this season.
Two other Vernon teams competed in the same division.
Goodwood finished 11th out of 19 teams with a 3-4 overall record
Team members include Ed Harris, Kacie Sawri, Joe Simpson, Iva Wiens, Allison Varga, Andrew Owen, Wes Gebhardt, George Anderson, Lynnea Wiens, Sabrina Wiens, Steve Tilby.
OK Fever, playing in their fifth national tournament in the past eight years, ended up 14th overall.
The Fever opened the tournament with a 15-6 loss to the Surrey Howlers.
Tyler Billy hit a grand slam homer in a 10-7 Fever loss to Hostile Takeover.
On day two, Fever began with a 13-12 win over the Pop Flyers, then mercy-ruled the Skewered Pickles of Chase 22-5, thanks to inside-the-park home runs from Billy and Branden Anderson, and a triple from Ashley Flood.
Frank Marchand picked up the win on the mound, helped out defensively by Don Hunter, Lynn Gregoire, Kelli Graham, Michelle Embleton, Andersen, Billy, Brandie Hunter, Trevor Robbins and Ben Kopp.
Injuries to Mike Burke and Trevor Embleton limited Fever to just six men for the playoff round.
Calgary Rage rallied in the bottom of the last inning to pull out a 12-11 win, eliminating Fever from the tournament.