Carnarvon Red Pandas finish fourth in district championships

Central Saanich Extreme finished first ahead of the Langford Lightning in the SVI U10 Tier 1 Districts

A narrow loss to Sooke finalized a fourth place finish for the Oak Bay Carnarvon Red Pandas on Sunday.

“They played their hearts out in a thrilling come-from-behind 11-10 victory in the first knockout round against our crosstown rivals Lakehill,” said coach David Leach. “Kennedy Palmer and Rowan Fisher made huge outs as catchers. Briar Leach — my daughter — pitched two strong innings against Lakehill’s powerful batters and added a triple, a double and a single of her own. And Emma Ross sealed the win with a miracle double play on a laser line drive followed by a huge final strikeout by pitcher Sadie Bull. All our girls were dancing on the diamond after that. They will savour that feeling for years to come.”

Central Saanich Extreme finished first ahead of the Langford Lightning in the SVI U10 Tier 1 District Championships at Fireman’s Park in Oak Bay.

”We had an amazing U10 softball tournament under the blistering sun at Fireman’s Park thanks to our coaches and parent volunteers,” said coach David Leach. “There was a brief moment of panic on Saturday morning when a localized power outage shut down the concession and the sprinkler system. But BC Hydro fixed it quickly and Oak Bay firefighters came to our rescue to hose down the dusty fields before the first game. “

Tournament sponsors Oak Bay Rec and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel kept visiting families cool and caffeinated with two-for-one passes to the recreation centre and free coffee at Kate’s Café.

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The U10 Tier 2 Carnarvon Panthers, coached by Lisa Rogers, won the gold medal at their district tournament in Cordova Bay this weekend.