Aggressive Bandits grab gold medal
A perfectly-executed suicide squeeze bunt combined with some aggressive base-running helped the Langley Bandits win the gold medal.
The Bandits scored twice in the top of the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie as they defeated Fleetwood 4-2 in the championship final at a U16 girls fastpitch tournament over the weekend in Cloverdale.
With Kennedy Hoiss on third base and Leslie Campbell on second base, Layne Minaker laid down a perfectly-executed suicide squeeze bunt. Hoiss quickly scored and Campbell rounded third base and headed home, catching the Fleetwood defence off guard for the two-run lead.
The Bandits defence closed things out with two flawless innings for the victory.
Paige Caldwell earned game MVP honours.
The win capped off a perfect weekend for the Langley Fastball squad, as they went 4-0 in the round robin
— with wins over Fleetwood, Port Moody, Gibsons and Mission — and then defeating Gibsons in the semifinals.
The team consists of Bailee Cuthbert, Layne Minaker, Paige Caldwell, Miranda McLean, Sarah Sandrel, Leslie Campbell, Kennedy Hoiss, Jade Jones, Alex Haddow-Murphy and Meghan Griffiths.
Coaches are Loralee Cuthbert, Robin McLean and Merv Sandrel.