Stealers upend Abbotsford for fastpitch crown

The Chilliwack U-14 Stealers beat the Abbotsford Chargers 13-5 in a five-inning final to take the district championship.

The Chilliwack Stealers beat the Abbotsford Chargers twice to win the U-14 Fastpitch District Championship last weekend.

The locals claimed the title in a tournament that was played last weekend at Exhibition Park in Abbotsford.

The Stealers started in style, bombing North Langley 13-0 Friday night.

Chilliwack faced the Chargers for the first time Saturday afternoon, and trailed 4-3 through two innings. But the offence kicked into high gear, and the Stealers cruised to a 9-4 win.

With a bye to the final, Chilliwack waited for the winner of a semi-final between North Langley and Abbotsford. The Chargers made it through, setting up a winner-takes-all rematch.

While pitchers Shelby Owen and Ashley Guthrie kept the Abby offence in check, Jessica Tejszerski, Nathania Braun and Ashlyn Einer got the Chilliwack bats rolling. The Stealer offence proved unstoppable, and the game was called after five innings with the score 13-5.

Both teams advance to provincials, which will be held in Surrey July 5-7.