From several Richmond Teams this team came into being. 92 - 93 Jr B was formed from the Midget teams 92B coached by Robin Fenn and the 93 B coached by Al Groff. The new team had it's first year together medalling bronze in the 2012 Jr B Provincial Championships. Meanwhile the Richmond Islanders 93 Jr A team coached by Jerry Bains brought gold to Richmond winning the Jr A crown in 2012.
From those three great teams our 92-93 Richmond Islanders Senior B team was founded in 2013. Pitchers Julia Badock and Emily Agawa with catcher Kaeli Alexander, Infielders Victoria Groff, Janessa Murao, Katie Sherlock, Sydney Jeffers, Cherise Chang and Alex Lowe, Outfielders Jessica Ramsey, Kirstin Sullivan, Aviva Rappaport and Emily Merlo. Special thanks to Catcher Kelsey Lawerence for her timely appearances in the lineup. Provincial Pickups Pitcher Sam Badock, Outfielder / Pitcher Alysia McFarland and Utility Deanna Mohr need recognition. The team is coached by Al Groff and John Badock with Manager Tracy Sherlock. Technical Coach Assistance provided by Donna Goodwin.
Team relaxs after winning Silver Medal in 2013 Senior B Provincials
July 21, 2013
Richmond Review Published: July 25, 2013 02:00 PM Updated: July 25, 2013 02:532 PM
Second place isn’t a bad consolation prize. Especially if it’s your first season.
So as the Richmond Islanders 92-93 posed with their silver medals Sunday at London Fields, they couldn’t stop smiling—even after an exhaustive stretch of games that concluded with a 7-3 loss to the North Delta Lightning in the final of Softball BC’s senior B women’s championship.
It was a long path to the title game, seven games in all. But the Islanders proved up for the challenge.
“We can’t complain,” said Al Groff, co-coach of the Richmond team with John Badock. “To come second out of 21 teams is a pretty good result.”
One of the stars in the Islanders’ surprising ascent to the final (in which they won five of seven games) was Sam Badock, the 19-year-old sister of starting pitcher and right fielder Julia Badock. Sam’s strong pitching, described by Groff as “slow and low” threw many of the opposition batters off—even the Lightning. Richmond jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the game with Sam throwing the first five and a third innings before a bases-loaded single to the fence gave the Lighting a lead they’d eventually build on. Offensive highlights for the Islanders included two bunts by left fielder Sydney Jeffers, two singles by first base Janessa Murao, doubles by Katie Sherlock and Julia Badock and a single by Emily Merlo. Shortstop Cherise Chang made a double play in the fourth inning by blocking a hard hit ball and stepping on second base before firing the ball to first base.
The Islanders began round-robin play with an 8-0 win over New Westminster Riot with a double and three-run RBI engineered by Sherlock and a two-run shot by Julia Badock who was pitching to catcher Kelsey Lawrence, filing in for regular Kaeli Alexander away on school commitments.
After a 5-1 loss to North Shore Reign (Sherlock’s over-the-fence homer accounted for Richmond’s lone run), the Islanders got back on the winning track with a 9-3 win over the Redbacks followed by a 3-1 win over the Reign (starting pitcher Emily Agawa gave up just one run in the seventh inning) and a 5-4 win over Ridge Meadows Pride. Tied in the bottom of the seventh inning with two out, Islander Victoria Groff reached first base on a walk and scored the winning run on a double by Merlo. Pickup Deanna Mohr was also instrumental in the victory, providing stellar defensive play in right field. Richmond then edged North Delta 5-3 setting the stage for a second consecutive game between the teams for the provincial championship.
•Richmond Islanders Senior B, coached by Larry Strohan, tied for seventh place.
Strohan said the team looked nervous in making several errors in a 10-1 opening-game loss to the Reign, but was able to quickly refocus to down the Redbacks 8-1 for the first win in which Jodi Westerhof pitched all seven innings. Caitlyn Lee led off a five-run fourth inning with a double for the Islanders.
Richmond wasted no time setting the tone for its second win, as Kyla McWlliam hit a homer over the right field fence to score two runs in the top of the first inning in a 12-9 victory over the Oakeys. Kianna Trewin also had a two-run shot in the top of the fifth.
Richmond extended its winning string to three games as Marina Russell and Danielle Strohan both contributed runs in a 12-4 win over the Force, but came up empty in a 10-0 loss to the Pride before bouncing back with an 8-6 win over the Valley Cats in an elimination game. They closed out the tournament with a 7-1 loss to the Extreme with the pitcher-catcher combination of Karen Wright and Marina Russell allowing only eight hits in five innings.
“Our team goal for provincials was to get to the semifinal Sunday morning, and facing a very tough opponent the girls battled hard and kept it close,” said coach Strohan.
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Bronze Medalist 2012 Jr Women's Provincial Championships
July 29, 2012
Isles double up at BC’s
By Richmond Review Published: July 31, 2012 02:00 PM Updated: July 31, 2012 02:342 PM
Just three days after helping the Richmond 93A Islanders win a provincial junior ladies softball championship, Jamie Randall and Yasmin Bains are back on the diamond in Truro, Nova Scotia.
The pair, entering their sophomore seasons at University of B.C. in 2012-13, are suiting up for Team BC at the Canadian under-21 championships which begin today and continue through Sunday. They were selected at the recent Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship.
Bains’ dad, Jerry, coached the Islanders to last weekend’s provincial title—the best showing by the team in its history. He was an assistant coach for Donna Goodwin when Richmond placed second at the B.C. Bantam finals in Nanaimo in 2009 and third at the subsequent Canadian championship in Oakville, Ont.
A man of few words, Jerry Bains said winning the junior title was “very gratifying” for the Islanders, some of whom hadn’t played in a couple of seasons.
“We also hadn’t had a junior (A) team in Richmond for a few years so that was good to see as well,” he said.
Though they were a first-year team at the junior level, the Islanders were solid throughout the lineup—capable of dominating at the plate as well as in the field. This was reflected in Sunday’s 6-1 victory over the North Delta Sunfire at London Park. The Sunfire held a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Islanders unloaded for six runs, led by a three-run out-of-the-park homer by Emily Merlo.
“Offence is always important because through the year you have your share of ups and downs,” said Bains. “We started the year really strong with everyone’s bats going and you don’t see that in lineups too often. It’s almost like it was contagious. Softball is typically a game where a pitcher controls it for the most part.”
The Islanders also got that stellar pitching from Randall, who was a workhorse much of the weekend.
•Richmond Islanders 92/93B went 2-0 in round-robin play before losing to the Fleetwood Force in the first game of the double knockout round Saturday. They then won two consecutive elimination games against South Delta Invaders and Abbotsford Outlaws before bowing to the Port Coquitlam Ravens in a semifinal game Sunday. Richmond rallied from a four-run deficit to take a one-run lead in the top of the sixth inning, but Port Coquitlam tied it in the bottom of the seventh and won it 6-5 after two extra innings. The Ravens went on to defeat Fleetwood in the championship game.
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93B Team at Nanamio for Midget B Provincials
July 21, 2011
93B and 92B Richmond Islanders: both squads finish high in Midget B Provincials
This past weekend the Midget B Provincial Girl’s Softball Championship was held in Nanaimo. The Richmond Islanders 93B team placed fifth narrowly placing ahead of the seventh place 92B Richmond Islander team. The 92B’s had a perfect 4 -0 record in the round robin play with victories over: North Shore, Nanaimo, Prince George and Fleetwood. The 93B’s had a 3 – 1 record, beating: Cordova Bay, Strawberry Vale and Prince George, losing to White Rock.The 92B’s record earned them the first seed in the eight team playoffs while the 93B team won the fourth seed.
Over the weekend the pitching duties for the 93B were shared between: Hillary Wolthers, Micki Baydack and Emily Agawa. For the 93B the first round robin game was against Cordova Bay (near Victoria) was a 7 – 1 win with strong hitting by catcher Courtney Miller and first base Victoria Groff. Winning pitcher was Emily Agawa.
Next they faced White Rock Thunder losing 8 – 4 in a game where the score flattered White Rock. Triples hit by outfielder Kajsa Moore, third base Erin Boivin and Emily Agawa was not enough to hold back the Thunder. Wolthers in relief of Agawa could not stop a four run fourth inning by White Rock.
Saturday started with a very long game against Victoria’s Strawberry Vale. Every 93B Islanders player hit a base hit in the 15 – 13 battle which featured 2 innings of international tie-breaker, the final runs being scored by Boivin and shortstop Sydney Jeffers on a hit by Micki Baydack. All three pitchers shared the game with Baydack being the winning pitcher.
The second game on Saturday had the Islanders mercy the Prince George T-birds, 13 – 3 in 5 innings. Wolthers and Agawa shared the pitching duties. The third inning was highlighted by 7 runs by the Islanders batting around their line-up. Great catches by Jeffers and second base Sam Mah lead the Islanders defensively holding Prince George off the score sheet until the last inning.
Playoffs began Saturday evening with the 93 Islanders playing the 93 South Delta Invaders. Score was 4-3 until the bottom of the 5th when South Delta starting hitting of starting pitcher Wolthers. Switching to Agawa did not restrain the Invaders who scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth ending the game.
Meanwhile the 92B Islanders were playing the 94 South Delta Invaders. Richmond after leading the game until the 7th inning, the 94 Invaders team came back and won in extra innings, the final score being 10 – 8.
This set the stage for an early Sunday morning elimination game between the 92 and 93 Richmond Islanders. Planned starting pitcher Agawa was replaced before the game began when she re-injured a hamstring in warm up.Surprise starter Micki Baydack who threw a four-hitter, striking out seven and walking only one in a 7 – 0 five inning game. Offensively outfielder Kathleen Cathcart, Sam Mah, Kajsa Moore and Sydney Jeffers had multiple hits. Defensively, outfielder Kajsa Moore played outstanding substituting at 3rd base for an injured Erin Boivin her first time ever in that infield position.
93B Islanders continued into the quarter finals against the hometown Nanaimo Diamonds, leading the game 2 – 1 until the bottom of the seventh. Islander runs scored by Moore and Boivin. Defensively, Courtney Kind made two outstanding catches in the outfield to keep the Islanders ahead. Also of special note was the Islander catcher, Courtney Miller who caught every inning in all seven games played by the 93B’s. Wolthers and Agawa shared the game at pitcher.But as fate had it with 2 out, Nanaimo scored two runs with two hits to win the quarter final.
The B Midget Provincials were won by the South Delta 94 winning 5 games on the Sunday to beat the undefeated South Delta 93 team. White Rock Thunder placed 3rd and Nanaimo Diamonds placed 4th. The 93B Richmond Islanders are: Pitchers Emily Agawa, Micki Baydack and Hillary Wolthers; Catcher Courtney Miller; Outfielders Kathleen Cathcart, Courtney Kind and Kajsa Moore; Infielders Erin Boivin, Victoria Groff, Sydney Jeffers and Sam Mah; and Bat Girl Nicole Agawa. They coached by Al Groff, Paul Miller and Mark Wolthers.Both Islander B teams leave Minor Softball this season and may try their hand as Junior teams next season.
April 26, 2010
We are now playing games and have some tournament experience under our belt. Kelowna is the next tournament for the team.
May 3, 2009
Islanders take Bronze medal in a 7 inning game against the Ridge Meadows Rage.
The two teams set up in a combined photo after the long delayed game. Final Score Islanders 10 - Rage 8
93B Richmond Islanders ready for the Season
March 7, 2009
Pitchers and Catchers prepare for the season with extra practice. Pitching coach looks on pushing the Pitchers to try new pitches.