By Janice Harnum
Special to The Packet
OUTER COVE, N.L. — When Michael Penney, physical education teacher at Riverside Elementary, sent home a letter of interest to inquire what Grade 4-6 girls (age 9-12 years) were interested in fast pitch softball, he had no idea how determined and dedicated this group of athletes would be.
In April, the team started practicing once a week with an extra practice for those wishing to learn a little more about pitching. The summer goal for this group would be to attend the Provincial U12 tournament in Outer Cove on July 27-29, have fun and get to know the game.
With such great numbers, there were actually enough players for two teams — a team made up of Grade 5-6 girls (coached by Jill Downing, Deidre Patey and Gail Stanley) and another of Grade 4 girls (coached by Penney, Gillian Brown, Terry Spurrell and Nick Rogers).
The team consisting of Grade 4 girls would be playing against older girls much more experienced at a provincial level. The reason to have the younger girls attend was to get them some extra exposure.
The tournament in Outer Cove hosted five teams (two from Clarenville , the Southern Shore Crush, Outer Cove and CBC).
CBC finished atop the standings with a perfect 4-0 record followed by the Clarenville U12 Girls at 3-1.
In third place, the Clarenville U10 girls had a 2-2 record and fourth was Outer Cove with a 1-3 record.
On Sunday, Aug. 5, the semifinal games were between CBC and Outer Cove, with CBC coming out victorious.
The 11 a.m. game between the two Clarenville Teams was extremely close.
After two hours and 20 minutes, the U10 team defeated their older counterparts by a score of 21-20.
The final results gave the Clarenville Blue, the youngest athletes in the tournament, a trip to the Provincial Final where they claimed the silver medal against a very polished and undefeated CBC team — the first-place winners.
The Blue Clarenville Team showed such great sportsmanship and determination. Their coaches were amazing with this new rookie team who look like they will be the team to keep your eye out for.
A big congratulations to all Clarenville Girls for bringing the game of Fastpitch Softball back to Clarenville for the first time in over 20 years.