Cloverdale Fury set for fastball tourney

Local team takes to the field for international event.

Shelby Priest will pitch and play first base for the Cloverdale Fury

Shelby Priest of the Cloverdale Fury Fastpitch team is a force to be reckoned with on – and off – the field.

The Grade 10 Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary student is getting ready to pitch and play first base for her team at the Canadian Open Fastpitch Women’s International Championship, taking place July 9 to 17 at Cloverdale Athletic Park and Softball City in South Surrey.

The championship features teams from the U.S. and B.C. More than 400 ball games, 1,300 athletes and 80 teams from around the world are participating in three divisions of play: Women’s, Futures (U-19), and Showcase (U-16).

Priest will be playing on the Cloverdale Fury Showcase Select team, featuring players who nearly all call Cloverdale home, except for a player who lives in Langley.

At 16, Priest’s academic accomplishments are truly something to swing about.

Last month, B.C.’s Lt.-Gov. Stephen L. Point presented Priest with a silver Duke of Edinburgh award highlighting her leadership, service and involvement in the community and at her school.

She also co-captained the LTS junior girls baseball team and played on the Panther’s softball team.

The Fury take to the field at 1 p.m. Saturday and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Softball City, and play a couple of games in Cloverdale Monday, so come out and cheer them on.