A pancake breakfast, face painting and 32 teams in four divisions created a blast in the third annual Vernon Summer Classic girls fastball tournament at the DND diamonds.
Teams from Enderby (Under 12), Penticton (U14), Kelowna Homers (U16) and West Kootenay Warriors (U19) struck gold medals Sunday. Vernon’s ANAF Spitfires bagged the bronze in U16, grounding the Westside Outlaws.
“The weekend was just great,” said tournament director Jodi Rolke.
“The kids played hard all weekend long. It is so rewarding watching the girls and their families enjoying their time in Vernon and hearing them say that they can’t wait until next year’s tournament.
“There is no way that a tournament of this size could be pulled off without an extremely dedicated group of volunteers.”
The Vernon U12 Chilli Peppers suffered four tough losses in their third tourney of the season.
The Peppers opened play Saturday morning and fell 15-1 to Prince George Yetko Robbins driving in Vernon’s run and taking game MVP.
West Kootenay then doubled the Chilli Peppers 14-7 with Peppers’ pitcher Lindsey Crandlemire earning MVP.
The Peppers then lost 12-9 to Surrey with MVP going to Morgan Johnson. In their last game Sunday, the Peppers lost 15-6 to Kamloops with Ellen Campbell collecting MVP.
The Vernon U19 Angels, sponsored by Royal Canadian Legion #25 and coached by Dave Munk, just missed the playoff round, placing fifth.
After an 18-0 loss to Langley, the Angels bowed 13-5 to Chilliwack, with Lexie Edwards smacking a double, followed by her sister Dallyce dialing up a two-run triple to left, in the second inning.
The Angels stopped Enderby 12-4 Saturday afternoon with Allie Crandlemire hitting a two-run triple to centre field and Dayna Hanley, Daina Bader, the Edwards sisters and Morgan Vanderzwan scoring in a big second inning.
Game MVP Stefani Anderson, Shandy Duncan and Crandlemire had runs in the third.
Vernon finished by falling 16-7 to the eventual champion Warriors.
Lexie Edwards smashed a two-run single to right field and Keara Crandlemire had an RBI single past third base in the first inning. Scoring were Crandlemire, Anderson, Shelby Munk, Hanley and Lexie Edwards.
MVP Rhianne Busslinger caught a nice fly in centre field and Keara Crandlemire tagged two outs at first in the fifth.
Caufields Engraving Panthers dropped four close games in the U12 Squirts division, starting with a 20-10 loss to the Penticton Power.
Emma Lochhead threw out a runner at first and came in to score a run. Game MVP Timara Jensen pitched a good inning and scored as well. Asia Graham and Kaylee Crandlemire both scored twice, and the rest of Vernon’s runs came from Abby Sundquist, Alyssa LeMaitre, Camryn Beer and Kass Bradley.
In Game 2 on Saturday, the Panthers lost 15-8 to Kamloops/Trouton with Kaylee Crandlemire scoring once and smacking a two-run double for MVP.
Talisa Lutz struck out two batters and scored once, while Kass Bradley recorded two outs in the second inning, had a hit and scored a run. Jensen struck out one, Alyssa LeMaitre caught a popfly for an out, had a hit and scored a run. Rounding out the scoring were Jewel Jensen, Sierra Lochhead, Katelyn Holbrook and Asia Graham.
Vernon then fell 12-2 to the Kamloops Dynamite with Kass Bradley scoring a run and fanning two batters for game MVP. Lutz caught a line drive for an out and Emma Lochhead picked up a ground ball to make an out at first base. LeMaitre had a hit and one run.
The Panthers lost 10-8 to the Maple Ridge Tigers in their last game Sunday with Lutz collecting MVP.