Stealers unstoppable at Richmond tourney

Seven games. Seven wins for the Sardis U-14 Stealers as they dominated a fastpitch tournament in Richmond last weekend.

The Sardis Stealers U-14 fastpitch squad continues to roll up the wins.

The locals were unbeatable, going 7-0 to win a tournament in Richmond last weekend.

The Stealers started round-robin play Saturday with a 10-4 rout of the Port Coquitlam Demons, and followed that with a 13-6 bombing of the North Delta Shadow.

Down two in the third inning, Marshall and Danika Rahnborn got the offence rolling, clubbing back-to-back home runs.

The bats stayed hot in game three, a 10-4 win over the South Delta Outlaws. Shelby Owen was the game MVP and Jessica Tejszerski made an outstanding catch in center field.

The Stealers finished round-robin play with an 11-4 win over the Richmond Bulldogs.

Catcher Kiana Kelly threw out two Bulldog base-stealers with strong and accurate throws to second baseman Nathania Braun.

Playoffs started Sunday, with Sardis facing the Outlaws.

The Stealers trailed 5-0 after a half inning of play, but battled back with four of their own in the bottom of the first.

Marshall gave Sardis the lead with a two-run homerun.

They held on to earn a berth in the semi-finals, where the Richmond Panthers gave the Stealers their toughest test of the tournament.

The game was tied 11-11 heading to extra-innings when the Stealers strung together six straight hits. Kelly, Nicola Jansen, Ashley Guthrie, Marshall, Braun and Caitlyn Fedrau kept the line moving. When the dust settled, they had a 16-11 lead.

Guthrie took to the mound and shut down the Richmond offence to secure the win.

Playing their seventh game in two days, the Stealers faced the Vancouver Scorpions in the final.

In blistering hot conditions, Sardis scored five in the first and three in the second to lead 8-0. The game was called after four innings, with the Stealers up 13-1. Braun started a key double play, lunging to catch a fly ball, then firing to third baseman Mercedes Schneider.

Chilliwack playdowns start this Saturday.

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