Beaumont Blitz girls fastball program wraps up 2019 season

The Beaumont Blitz Fastball Association ended its second season on another high note this summer.

The Beaumont Blitz U12 Selects team were the 2019 provincial champs in their division this year, one of the many successful teams from the local girls fastball program this year. (Supplied)

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The Beaumont Blitz Fastball Association ended its second season on another high note this summer.

Ranging from U8 to U14 divisions, with U12 and U14 Selects competitive teams, the Beaumont girls fastball program took home a number of wins this season.

The U12 Selects team was crowned the 2019 provincial champions in July.

“That kind of put the icing on the cake, if you will,” commented Beaumont Blitz Fastball Association president Corey Callahan.

“They really did well and a lot of them took advantage of the winter camps and some of them took advantage of the pitching camps and the catching camps we offer, so the results of the off-season training really helped.”

The Blitz U12 team Forre also took home gold, with the U10 team Brown winning silver in their division, at the EYSA City Championships last month. The U10 team St. Andre-Brady won gold at the 25th annual Serenity Laundry Memorial Softball Tournament on June 14-16. Finishing off an undefeated weekend, the girls fought hard in two extra innings to break the tie in the final game. In June at a tournament in Lacombe, the U10 Blitz teams Brown and Hart took the top two spots. Team Hart also finished first at the 2019 Buck Shrader Memorial in Edmonton this May. Lastly, the U14 team Ruzycki took the Bronze medal at a tournament in Sylvan Lake, as well as raised over $2,700 through a 59-Minute Fundraiser in May to help support their program.

Since its inaugural year in 2018, the BBFA has grown rapidly in size and skill, developing the skills of Beaumont’s young female ball players.

“Our U12 division is actually the biggest division we’ve got … it’s really got a good foundation for our program and it’s really supporting the growth of the girls and the competitive program that we’re trying to put together. It’s really encouraging.”

As the BBFA’s annual general meeting approaches this fall, Callahan said the association will be looking to secure better training and more off-season practice dates for the program, as well as new facility space for winter training camps as space is limited.

“I’m hoping that we’ve got the momentum now to carry us through … and looking for planning for next year and seeing what the girls can accomplish next year if we give them support and the facilities to do so.”

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