Fastball: Kootenay Kodiaks warming up

The female 14-18-year-old Kootenay Kodiaks fastball team begins preparation for the upcoming season this week.

The female 14-18-year-old Kootenay Kodiaks fastball team begins preparation for the upcoming season this week.

The Kootenay Kodiaks competitive girls fastball team competes in a number of tournaments in B.C. and the U.S., including the Canadian Open Fast Pitch championship, the B.C. Championship, in addition to attending the Western Canadian playdowns this season.

“It’s going to be a big season for these girls,” said Kodiaks coach Bob Johnson. “Lots of travel, and we’ll have some good competition lined up before we get into the heavy stuff.”

The first tournament will go as early as Apr. 10 in Pasco, Wash.

Last year’s team was well represented from players across the West Kootenay including Salmo, Beaver Valley, Montrose, Trail, Castlegar, and Krestova.

Players between ages 14-18 are invited to try-out for the Kodiaks fastball team with practices starting this Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kootenay-Columbia Learning Centre (the former Trail Middle School).