A Winchester girls softball team participated in a multi-day tournament to end their season from July 7-10, with much success. All in all, five teams competed in the tournament. In addition to Winchester’s team – the Winchester Sox – there were two teams from Rideau- Osgoode, one team from Kenmore, and one team from Vars.
Rachel Hooper, one of the coaches of the Winchester Sox, provided the Times with an update on how the tournament went. “The girls just loved it,” she said. “They were so happy.” Rachel described the team winning several games, including a game played against Kenmore on the first day of the tournament, and another game won on the third day, which qualified the 2 team for the finals. For the finals, a tied game necessitated an extra inning, where the Sox unfortunately faced defeat. One of the Rideau-Osgoode teams ended up as the champions, with the Sox placing proudly in second place.
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the local girls softball league did not run in 2020 or 2021. Rachel said that it feels “awesome” to be get-ting the league started up again. “There’s not a lot of team sports for girls in our area,” she said. “It’s the one thing that they can be a part of, and be a part of a team.” Rachel pointed out that girls can play hockey locally, but they must play together with boys. The softball tournament is therefore special locally because it gives girls the opportunity to compete only with other girls.
Parents were very excited about the league this year, particularly because it allowed them the opportunity to watch their children compete. Rachel gave the example of parents having to drop their children off at dance classes over the last two years without being allowed to stay due to COVID-19 restrictions, which prevented them from having that connection with their children. There was therefore much parent enthusiasm during the softball games. “There was a lot of parental involvement and cheering, and the girls were so positive with each other,” said Rachel. “It’s really nice to see something kind of normal again.”
Other teams in the league also had end-of-season tournaments this month. Locally, the U11 team placed second, the U13 team placed first, the U15 team placed second, and the U19 team place fourth. All local players are undoubtedly proud of their accomplishments.
The tournaments earlier this month were the end of the current season, after a busy two months playing games throughout May and June. Congratulations, girls, and all the luck for next year!