The Fleetwood Force are champions of the Showcase Select division of the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch Championship.
The Force edged the Washington Whatcom Warriors 3-2 Wednesday afternoon at Softball City, completing a three-game run through the eight-team playoff.
The Force went into the knockout portion of the under-16 tournament seeded fifth after posting a 2-2 (won-lost) record in round robin play. They then upset the fourth-seed Strawberry Vale Stealth of Victoria 12-4 Tuesday afternoon, and topped the top-seed Abbotsford Outlaws 9-2 in the semifinal round. Prior to the loss to the Force, Abbotsford was undefeated in five games.
The Duncan Red Hots won the Futures Selects championship, doubling the South Surrey/White Rock Thunder ’93 4-2 in Wednesday night’s championship game.
Duncan was the fourth-seed for the playoff round, going 2-2 in round robin play. They ripped the Ridge Meadows Rage 12-4 in the quarterfinal round, then blanked the South Surrey/White Rock Thunder ’94 5-0 in semifinal play.