West Shore fastball team fundraising for nationals

The Langford Rebels have made it to nationals, but the 11-member team needs help getting to the competition.

The Langford Rebels have made it to nationals, but the 11-member team needs help getting to the competition.

The women’s under 18 softball team came in sixth out of 13 B.C. teams during last weekend’s provincial championships in View Royal, claiming the last spot for the 2012 U18 Women’s Fast Pitch Canadian Championships in Montreal, Quebec, Aug. 12 to 19.

“The girls are very excited because they’ve never had the opportunity before,” Tammy Barry, a mother of one of the players, said Tuesday.

This was the first season the girls have played as the Rebels with Langford Fastball – it’s also Langford’s first midget team.

Langford came in sixth after the round robin, losing to the Victoria Rebels on Saturday, beating the Kelowna Heat Sunday morning and then losing to the White Rock Renegades later that afternoon.

It was the game against the Heat that ensured a berth in the nationals, Barry said.

To make the trip, the team is in a scramble to raise funds for travel expenses, including hotel and food costs.

The Rebels have a series of coin and bottle drives planned for this weekend at various locations in Langford.

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Rebels’ Fundraisers:

• Friday, Aug. 3, starting at 3 p.m., bring your spare change and donate to the Rebels coin drive at Cascadia Liquor Store in Hatley Park Plaza (2244 Sooke Rd.), the Station House Pub (737 Goldstream Ave.), or the Loghouse Pub and Liquor Store (2323 Millstream Rd.).

• Saturday, Aug. 4, coin drive at the Langford Rona, 850 Langford Pky.

• Sunday, Aug. 5, bottle drive at 3179 Jacklin Rd., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.