A local girls softball team that is fundraising to go to St. Louis to receive an international sportsmanship award is hosting an event in Cloverdale this Saturday.
The Fraser Valley Fusion presents a Musial Award coffee house fundraiser on Oct. 12 from 7-10 p.m.
The soiree featuring live band and karaoke and raffle draws, is being held at The Wired Monk, 18408 64th Ave.
On Nov. 9, members of the Fraser Valley Fusion 97 will receive a Musial Award (named for the late St. Louis Cardinals baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial) during a ceremony that recognizes extraordinary acts of sportsmanship.
The award came as a result of a selfless act during the provincial championships at the end of July [Selfless act nets team prestigious award, Sept. 5, Langley Advance].
While the Fusion fell 7-0 to the Delta Heat 97 in the gold medal final of the U16 A provincials held at Victoria’s Helmcken Park, the team, which includes a handful of Langley players, left a lasting impression.
During the Fusion’s playoff game against the Surrey Storm - when a loss would have dashed their chances of winning a medal - the Storm’s Raelyn Radovich hit a three-run home run to tie the game. But while rounding first base, Radovich twisted her ankle and by the time she got to third base, was in serious pain.
Because she was already on the base paths, it was too late for a pinch runner and any assistance from a coach or trainer would have resulted in her being called out.
And that’s when the Fusion players took over.
Remembering a similar story from an NCAA game a few years back when two members of the opposing team carried a player home, Fusion players Shannon Chick from Aldergrove, Shae Domitruk from Maple Ridge, and Kristen Rodrigues from Vancouver picked up the Surrey player and helped her cross home plate for the tying run with the fans cheering them on.
The St. Louis Sports Commission has offered to cover flights and accommodations for two people to attend the ceremony.
Currently, through sponsorship and donations, the Fusion is trying to come up with the necessary funds to send the entire team to St. Louis and the ceremony at the Peabody Opera House.
Fusion coach Gord O’Grady said for just two team members to receive the award without the rest of the Fusion on hand to enjoy the moment “doesn’t make sense.”
“It’s a team award,” he said.
COFFEE HOUSE FUNDRAISER
WHAT: Raising funds to send members of the Fraser Valley Fusion 97 girls softball to the Musial Awards ceremony in St. Louis.
WHERE: The Wired Monk, 18408 64th Ave.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 12, 7-10 p.m.
FEATURING: Live music, raffle draws, karaoke
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