Oh what a Monday night it was for the Langley Rebels, who struck down the California Lightning 9-2 to win gold at the Canadian Open International fastpitch tournament.
The local U18 girls squad, which last month captured the District 8 title at Noel Booth Park, continued its winning ways in the Futures Select Division of the annual elite tourney at Surreyâ€™s Softball City and Cloverdale Athletic Park.
Playing their second game of the day, the Rebels â€“ who had edged the Oregon Wildcats 10-8 in the early afternoon at Softball City â€“ stormed out of the gate courtesy of a two-run homerun off the bat of Brooke Deakin to score two early runs.
The Rebels padded their lead with runs in the second and fourth innings.
The fifth inning was the decisive one for the Rebels, who tacked on five more runs on a two-out rally, and then held the Lightning off the scoresheet to seal the win.
After a slow start that saw the Rebels lose two of three games on Saturday (including a 13-5 thumping at the hands of the Wildcats from Oregon), they went undefeated on Sunday and Monday to win the division.
Rebels assistant coach Ron Adams said the team played better as the tournament wore on.
â€œThey started to turn it on after Saturday,â€ Adams said. â€œOnce they came out of the round robin, they played up to their potential. After Saturday, we had a talk with them and they played very well. If they play like that at the provincials, weâ€™ll finish in the top three, for sure.â€
The Rebels, who are now gearing up for the B.C. championships in Nanaimo next weekend, include Melanie Mullin, Cassidy Komorowski, Nicole Bolton, Emma Bolton, Shelby Moon, Aisha Kaay, Jaden Carson, Caitlin Belz, Maddy Rogerson, Sarah Bourlet, Sarah Schwagele, Brooke Deakin, and Olivia Lamirande.