Oceanside U14 Rage pitcher Emma Gingras played well on the mound in their season opener against Lakehill at Parksville Community Park diamond on Saturday. — Michael Briones photo

Defence helps U14 Rage post 3-1 weekend

The Oceanside U14 Rage opened their softball season with three wins and a loss over the weekend.

The Rage hosted Lakehill of Victoria at Parksville Community Park on Saturday. It was their first game at home.

Despite the wet, rainy and cold weather, the young Rage found a way to stay warm enough to preserve a narrow, 8-7 win in the first game. In the second game, the Rage battled well but it was not enough to stop Lakehill, which ended up winning 8-3.

The next day, Rage travelled to Central Saanich for another doubleheader and this time scored an impressive double, sweeping to victories 11-1 and 5-4.

The winning pitchers for the Rage were Emma Gingras, Maria Rumney and Jaden Toomer. McKenna Eirikson had two triples and a double while also playing well defenively.

Shelly Toomer said team defense was an asset over the weekend and it will continue to assist the Rage when they take on Vancouver teams at a tournament in Cloverdale this coming weekend.

Meanwhile, the U16 Rage were rained out last weekend, but will be eager to get into action this Saturday and Sunday playing at home. They take on Langford on Saturday at 1 p.m. and on Sunday will face View Royal at noon. Both games will be played at the Parksville Community Park field, near the lacrosse box.

— NEWS Staff

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