Heat rises to the top in tourney

Cranbrook softball team wins tournament in Salmo over the weekend.

The Cranbrook Girls U16 Heat celebrate their tournament win in Salmo. Pictured above: Back Row: Coach Shawn Hillstead

The Cranbrook Girls U16 Heat celebrate their tournament win in Salmo. Pictured above: Back Row: Coach Shawn Hillstead

Baseball season has begun as spring transitions into summer, and the Cranbrook Heat are back out on the diamonds with a strong performance at a tournament in Salmo this past weekend, where they won first place.

The girls put on a strong showing in the round robin portion of the event, going undefeated with three wins and a tie. The Heat brought their game against the West Kootenay Rockers with a 6-2 victory, and carried that momentum into their second outing against the Kelowna Outlaws, winning by a whopping score of 10-1.

The Heat then went up against another Okanagan team, and scored a lot of runs while downing the Kelowna Warriors 10-6, but finished up their round-robin action with a 2-2 draw against the West Kootenay Warriors.

With the successful round-robin portion of the event behind them, the Heat looked towards their semifinal, which was a rematch against the Kelowna Outlaws. The girls shut their opponents off the scoreboard with a 6-0 win and moved into the final.

The Heat went up against the only team that gave them trouble in the round-robin, but prevailed with a 5-1 win to earn the tournament championship.

A number of Heat athletes won player of the game honours over the weekend, including Shaelyn Coolbaugh, Danielle Hillstead, Tiana Ewasiuk and Robyn Anderson.