Her-Ricanes claim fastpitch gold

Chilliwack's U-14 fastpitch Her-Ricanes were one of two teams to medal at last weekend's provincials in Port Alberni.

Chilliwack’s U-14 Her-Ricanes fastpitch team won gold at last weekend’s provincial tournament in Port Alberni.

Led by speedsters Hunter Rodger and Jorja Goss, and defensive stalwarts Journey Benson, Katey Elliott and Ryleigh Martin, the Her-Ricanes advanced through the round-robin in good shape, moving into the playoff round as the third seed.

Sophie Di Marco led her team into a game against Ridge Meadows.

With Hannah Lamotte, Keanna Gaines, Kaiya Elliott, Nevada Depner, Tatjana Raphael and Shelby Owens swinging hot bats, the locals erased a 10 run deficit and won 13-12.

The Her-Ricanes were crushed 11-1 in their next game by the top-seeded team from Cranbrook.

But they still had a chance at gold as they took on the Fleetwood Bandits.

Chilliwack beat the Bandits by seven runs, setting up a championship game rematch with Cranbrook.

The Her-Ricanes jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, only to see their opponents claw back. In dramatic fashion, the Her-Ricanes plated the winning run in the 10th inning then silenced the Cranbrook bats for the win.