Last Updated: September 22, 2014
92 - 93 Richmond Islanders join Senior A Provincials in 2014
The 92-93 Richmond Islanders placed seventh in the Senior A Provincials in Victoria held July 25-27 this year. After earning the Silver medal in Senior B the team has been promoted to Senior A for provincial play. 9 of the team from last season are back with several new players. One coming from the 94 Richmond Islanders, one from the Senior B Richmond Islanders, two from the 95 A Richmond Islanders and four from the 95 B Richmond Islanders. Also a player who did not play club season last year from the 2013 Douglas College team.
Longtime coach from the Richmond Islanders and Vancouver Wildcats Mike McFarland also has joined the team.
The 92- 93 Richmond Islanders have returned to play in the Tier One Division of the Fraser Delta Women's Fastpitch League. New teams from Abbotsford (the Chargers) and a second Fleetwood team (the Elite) make this 9 team divison very competitive.
Returning teams the Surrey Storm Sr B, Fleetwood Force, Chilliwacks Valley Cats, and the Delta Rage as well as the Senior B Richmond Islanders and the 94 Richmond Islanders.
The 92- 93 team plays home games most Tuesdays and Thursday at Steveston London School.
Several players are now part of College and University teams for the 2015 season. Joining one team member from UBC are two other players from the 92-93 team. Another player is now part of the Jamestown Jimmies playing in North Dakota. The final player who was with Douglas College last season is now at SFU playing on their 2015 team.
After the 2013 Senior B Provincials
July 21, 2013
92-93 Richmond Islanders Sr B
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
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.
Bronze Medalist 2012 Jr Women's Provincial Championships
July 29, 2012
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.
93B Richmond Islanders ready for the Season
March 7, 2009
Pitchers and Catchers prepare for the season with extra practice.