Langley’s Abbey Fortin — the Eastern College Athletic Conference rookie of the year with the Long Island University Post Pioneers — will represent Canada this summer with the women’s junior national team. Photo courtesy of Long Island University Post Pioneers Athletics

Fortin, Stuart set to spend summer with Canada

Langley’s Abbey Fortin set to play for Canadian junior national team this summer while John Stuart will coach Canadian men’s team

Abbey Fortin will spend her summer wearing the red and white.

Fortin was one of the 18 players named to the final roster for Softball Canada’s 2017 junior women’s national team.

The final roster was released on Monday (June 12) following a selection camp held earlier this month in Cloverdale.

The Canadian side will compete in the Canada Cup July 8 to 16 in Surrey before heading to Clearwater, Fla. for the WBSC junior women’s world championships July 24 to 30.

Fortin, who graduated from Walnut Grove Secondary in 2016, just finished her freshman season with the Long Island University Post Pioneers women’s softball team.

The six-foot outfielder from Langley hit .257 with a .520 slugging percentage and .314 on-base percentage. She also had 29 RBIs and was third on the team in both batting average and runs driven in while starting all 53 games. And her 13 home runs led the entire league.

Her play also earned Fortin the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II rookie of the year.

And while Fortin will represent the junior national team, another Langley resident has been tasked with guiding the Canadian men’s national softball team.

John Stuart will serve as head coach as Canada competes at the Bob Law Memorial Challenge in Vancouver and the WBSC men’s world softball championships in Whitehorse, Yuk. from July 7 to 16.

The team features 11 returnees from the 2015 team which won gold at the world championships. Stuart was also coach of that squad.


Langley’s John Stuart will coach Canada’s men’s national team this summer. Dan Ferguson Langley Times file photo

Just Posted

Giants ground Rockets in WHL action

Vancouver builds early lead, never looks back in 6-1 win at Langley Events Centre

VIDEO: emergency landing near Langley airport

Plane lost power during take-off

Crash on 200 Street in Langley Township

Report of traffic congestion following late morning accident

Surrey’s Justin Sourdif to debut for Vancouver Giants tonight in Langley

Last month, he suited up for Team BC in the WHL Cup and was named tournament all-star.

Heavy downpours expected in parts of Metro Vancouver

Heavy rain will begin to ease off Sunday evening as the frontal system moves south out of the area

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Surrey’s Sourdif makes Giant debut

Vancouver Giants coach among those impressed by Surrey teen

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Drones take off to search for missing North Okanagan women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

It’s important to keep your ‘online footprint’ safe

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

Crash shuts down Highway 91 in Richmond for hours

The stretch of highway was closed for more than 6 hours due to a multi-vehicle accident

Most Read