Trail Steelers win regional title in convincing fashion

The Trail Steelers went undefeated throughout the U12C Regional Fastpitch championship, beating Prince George 10-2 in the final match.

The Trail Steelers seized the title of the  U12C Regional Fastpitch championship on Sunday at Haley Park by defeating the Prince George team 10-2 in five innings.

The Trail Steelers seized the title of the U12C Regional Fastpitch championship on Sunday at Haley Park by defeating the Prince George team 10-2 in five innings.

Warfield’s Haley Park was the site of the U12C Regional Fastpitch championship on the weekend, and the host team didn’t disappoint, winning the title in convincing fashion.

The Trailer Steelers steamrolled the competition by ending each one of their five games via the mercy rule, including a 10-2 victory over Prince George Jr. Panthers in the final on Sunday at Haley Park,

The team started the tournament with a 20-5 conquest of the Kamloops Dynamite, before shutting out Enderby 17-0. The Steelers pitching was unhittable all weekend, as coaches Pam Caron, Shannon Ballarin, and Heather McKinnon mixed in a steady dose of right and left handed hurlers to keep the opposition off balance all weekend.

In the final game of the round robin, the Steelers defeated Westside by a score of 19-4, to secure first spot overall and a bye to the semifinal Sunday.

In the noon semi, Trail humbled Castlegar Lightning 11-1 to earn its way into the final against Prince George.

The Steelers shot out of the gate with Tessy Brandt striking out the side in the top of the first and then getting help with a five run first inning to jump into a commanding 5-0 lead the Steelers would not relinquish. After the Jr. Panthers got one in the top of two, back-to-back doubles in the bottom half by Clarice Tuai and Elle Mayer would make it 8-2. Mayer would finish it in the bottom of the fourth with a home run as her long drive sailed over the left fielder’s head to make it 10-2 Trail. The Panthers would go three-up, three-down in the top of five, and the game was called due to the seven-run rule.