The Parksville Rage Midget girls fastball team played their opponents from Nanaimo well — up until the final two innings.
The loss, said co-coach Juan Rodriguez, is not surprising, considering the Nanaimo Diamonds play a level higher than his girls in order to get games.
“We always play a level higher, to get us better,” he said. “It gets us ready for the provincials.”
Pitcher Emma McNichol had a good game, lasting most of the game and keeping things close until pain and fatigue set in.
Catcher Alena Holyk had a good game — both on offense and defense — for the Rage.
The local squad is off to the Under 18 girls fastball provincials in an automatic qualification, July 6 and 7 in Cloverdale.
The team reminds folks that they’re holding a fundraising golf tournament this Saturday at 1 p.m. For more details, contact coach Chris McNichol at 250-954-7510.