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2017 Bantam - Lightning Novice at Eastern Championships
Submitted By Andrea Newman on Wednesday, September 06, 2017
U14 Lightning Novice’s were thrilled to be invited to the PWSA Eastern Canadian Championships in Cobourg last weekend.  The team was not ready to end the season after the league championship weekend and jumped at the chance to represent Ontario and play more ball.  

Game 1 versus Phenix du Nord of Quebec was an absolute thriller and testament to the heart and determination of this team.  After being down 9-0 after the top of the 1st inning, the girls battled back to secure an epic 16-14 win while all of the other teams waiting for the opening ceremonies watched.  Game 2 was a quick 15-0 win over Conception Bay Newfoundland and game 3 was a 21-3 win over Etoiles de la Rive-Sud of Quebec.  They faced stiffer competition in Game 4 and fell 9-2 to Sud-Ouest Dragons of Quebec. Game 5 was an 8-5 win over Cole Harbour Nova Scotia.  Game 6 saw the girls face Vaughan Vikings who were the provincial champions.  London was up on Vaughan 1-0 until the end of the 4th inning.  Vaughan opening up scoring in the back half of the game but the Novice girls would not go down without a fight and staged an excellent rally in the bottom of the 7th inning.  Although Vaughan took the game 12-6, the U14s ended the game with their heads held high as they pushed until the very end.  Vaughan went on to get silver while host team Cobourg secured the gold.  All players contributed significantly the entire weekend, despite multiple injuries and illnesses.  Highlights off the field were meeting and talking with the other teams at the opening ceremony reception and photos with each team after every game.

Very special thanks to Brooke and Amy of Lucan-Ilderton who joined the U14s for Easterns when some of our players were not able to make it.  Their large contribution on and off the field was much appreciated and they fit right in.  Congratulations to all of Lightning U14 players, coaches, manager and helpers who had great chemistry all year despite being a new team with very few people knowing one another prior to the season. 

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