Members of the Langford Lightning under-10 team dive into a box full of hot dogs at Centennial Park during the season opening celebrations last Saturday.

Fastball players kick off the season in Langford

Association reflects on the past ball season by handing out awards

Players, coaches, parents and other volunteers gathered on a sunny Saturday to celebrate the spring opening of Langford Minor Fastball at Centennial Park.

House league and Lightning rep teams representing age groups from preschoolers on up to high school seniors marched out together last weekend to help kick off the beginning of the season. As part of the festivities, a handful of awards were handed out to individuals who have made a mark on the association in their time at the park.

Those included past-president John Musgrave, who was presented with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year award by president Ruth Fischer for his countless hours with the organization over the past few years. Tanner Parkes earned Youth Volunteer of the Year honours.

Three very special annual awards were handed out in honour Tiffany Forrest, an outstanding Langford ball player who died in 1996 when the driver of a car she was a passenger in lost control and crashed.

Allison Turcotte was named the under-16 winner, Keely Grass the U-14 honouree and Peyton Bryden the U-12 winner.

The award is given to players who “demonstrate exceptional sportsmanship, skill and commitment to the sport of fastball, and display leadership and a positive example for others to follow.”

Upcoming tournaments at Centennial Park include a U-14 B and C event May 8 to 10, and the first ever Bolt Out of the Blue U10 event, set for May 29 to 31.

For more information on the organization or upcoming events, visit langfordfastball.ca or stop by the park at the corner of Carlow Road just off Goldstream Avenue.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

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