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Oak Bay-based fastball team sweeps provincials 8-0 to win gold

Carnarvon Black Ice post 15-1 season on the way to the B.C. podium
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Carnarvon Black Ice, a U17 softball team that calls Oak Bay home plate, celebrates an undefeated tournament to claim top spot in the province. (Photo by Dionne Buckham)

Carnarvon Black Ice players are golden after an undefeated run at provincials last weekend.

The girls U17C fastball team that calls Firefighter’s Park in Oak Bay home base, represented the south Island in the 16-team tournament in Maple Ridge last weekend. They walked away with an 8-0 record and a gold medal.

“This is an amazing group of kids. The team was singularly focused and unified in accomplishing their goals this season – first to win districts and then provincials,” said head coach Jeff Brehaut.

Throughout the tournament the team faced 175 batters over eight games, striking out 43, giving up only 14 runs while scoring 67.

Player of the game awards throughout the tournament went to Daryn Buckham, Hazel Uppal, Jess Ringland and Jessiah Brehaut.

Sadie Bull and Adelle Bergmann pitched in the gold medal 8-1 win over Kamloops that sealed the deal.

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It wasn’t the first gold of the season as the players also won a mid-season tournament in Langford and defeated Salt Spring Island to win the district championship on June 18.

They also posted an impressive 15-1 record in league play against teams from the lower Island and Southern Gulf Islands.

“We are a young team of multi-sport athletes, many of whom sacrificed individual opportunities for their Carnarvon teammates. All 13 kids brought something to the table, some traits and roles were obvious, others were intangibles, but what was consistent was the selflessness and support for each other,” Brehaut said. “These kids genuinely care about each other and deserved every ounce of success they achieved, it was an absolute honour for the coaching staff to be a part of their development and athletic experience this season.”

While based out of Oak Bay, athletes hail from area high schools, including Oak Bay, Reynolds and Royal Bay.

Learn more about the club at carnarvon.ca.



Christine van Reeuwyk

About the Author: Christine van Reeuwyk

Longtime journalist with the Greater Victoria news team.
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