The U19B Rage will head to the provincials in Fleetwood next month. — Ian Kellow photo

U19B Rage going to provincials

Team qualifies after scoring crucial wins against Nanaimo

The Rage U19B girls softball team earned a spot at the provincial championships in Fleetwood July 6-7.

They qualified after scoring crucial wins against the Nanaimo Diamonds U19B, 6-2 in the first game and 3-0 in the second.

Meanwhile the U12C Rage won bronze medal at the squirt splash in Port Alberni recently. They finished the round robin play with two wins over Alberni Waterbottles and Langford Lightning, and two losses, coming up short against Lake Hill and a run short against the Alberni boys team.

In the playoffs, the Rage faced Lake Hill again, and again ended up in the losing column. They went on to the final bronze medal game against the Alberni Chilli Peppers. It was their sixth game in two days and despite being bruised and tired, the Rage found one last burst of energy to cool down the Chilli Peppers and take home the bronze.

The team consist of Naia Kroeker (MVP game 1), Kyla Button (MVP game 2), Ella Foster (MVP game 3), Kaitlyn Hagen (MVP game 4), Jocelyn Ogilvie (MVP game 5), Isabelle Scott, Jaida Zanchetta, Jaymi Hocking, Clairity Dolan, Mckinley Schworan and Jennaya Foster. The coaches are Sarah Kroeker, Kris Hagen, John Scott.

Junior Royals want to avoid extra innings

The Save-On-Foods Parksville Junior Royals were in Nanaimo on Wednesday night to face the Mid-Island Junior Pirates and came out on the losing end of a 2-1 decision in extra innings.

This marks the fifth extra innings loss for the north Island crew this season, a tale of gritty performances coming up just short.

Staff ace Nathan Lagos was on the mound and turned in yet another stellar performance going 7 2/3 innings allowing only three hits and an earned run, striking out seven. Lagos threw 74 of his 104 pitches for strikes and has gone the distance in four of his six starts this season.

With the Royals down by one in the sixth inning, center fielder Max Kolopenuk led off with a single and later scored when Lagos crushed his league-leading fourth triple to deep left-center.

The loss takes the Royals record to seven wins and 14 losses, 2 ½ games out of a playoff spot with just over half the season remaining.

On a roll

The Qualicum Beach Lawn Bowling Club is in full summer mode since the outdoor season started up in May.

The North Island tournaments have started and the club’s bowlers are in fine form despite not taking any of the top prizes as they managed to acquit themselves very well .

Results: Nanaimo Mixed Triple, second place were Mike Ward, Helen Roberts and Jim MacDonald; Courtenay Mixed Triples third place were Mick Banks, Dean Thompson, Liz Pendleton; Nanaimo Fours Bob & Joyce Findlay, Pam Coward & Joe Randazzo placed second while John Wilson, Jane Nielsen, Bryan Olson & Ziutka Hundley were third; and Vern Hagstrom, Lorane Martin, Darlene & George Opicic came in fifth.

The had a good turnout for the Mens and Ladies Pairs event and the winners were Bob Findlay and Charles McIntyre for the men and Pam Coward and Nancy Blue for the ladies.

The club has a busy June, Last weekend it hosted the Qualicum Foods sponsored mens and ladies triples and this coming weekend, Jun 15-16 the club is holding its charity tournament, the most popular and colorful Sylvia Gibb Garden Bowl ladies pairs.

The club would like to welcome spectators to come out and see what lawn bowling is all about or if you would like to have a free tryout give us a call (Jane 250-738-0023) – we are located at 736 Jones Street.

— NEWS Staff

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