Eighteen fastpitch softball teams are in Saint John, N.B., from August 1-8 for the nationals. The midget girls are 19 years and under. Photos in this gallery are from the playoff round on August 7th. Saint John, Canada. 07/08/2010
Participating teams at the 2010 Canadian Midget Girls Fastpitch Championships in Saint John, N.B., are: Saint John Selects, Quebec Rebelles Elites, Edmonton Warriors, Alberta Elite, Saint John Stingers, Quebec Rebelles Performance, Regina Gold, Scarborough Rays, defending champion White Rock Renegades '91, Saskatoon Virtus Selects, Winnipeg Smitty's Terminators '91, Surrey Storm '93A, Winnipeg Lightning, Brantford Bobcats, Mississauga North Tigers, White Rock Renegades '92 North River Gators and PEI Selects.
These girls could really bring the ball. Facing a rising fast ball from a windmill pitcher is extremely intimidating and one only has to stand behind the backstop to get a sense of the movement. Pitch speeds of 60-70 mph are common, which is equivalent to a baseball pitcher's throw in the high 90s. Remember, the pitching slab is about 15 feet closer to the batter than that of a baseball pitcher's plate. The heat is on you in a hurry.
The White Rock Renegades '91 defended their title with a 3-0 win over the Scarborough Rays in the Aug. 8 final. The Surrey Storm took the bronze medal.