Bomb Squad team features explosive lineup

The Bomb Squad fastpitch team won the Softball B.C. U21 provincial championship last month in the Fraser Valley.

The Bomb Squad fastpitch team hopes it will be bombs away at Westerns.

The mid-Island squad won the Softball B.C. U21 provincial championship last month in the Fraser Valley and begins play at the Western Canadian championships on Thursday (Aug. 6).

The Bomb Squad got used to winning at provincials, going 7-1 over the three-day tournament including 4-0 on the final day.

Coach Todd Spracklin said his team was on the field from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. that day.

“You had to win – you lose, you’re heading to the ferry. So they had to keep playing hard and win. And it was very hot in Surrey,” he said.

Before every game there was a coin flip to determine the home team, and every time the Bomb Squad won the toss, they elected to bat first to put the pressure on the other team. It worked in the final, as Nanaimo jumped to a lead and secured a 7-3 win against the Cloverdale Fury.

“They played well, they played as a team and came through,” Spracklin said.

Westerns are being held at Surrey’s Softball City.

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