By Neil Corbett
The Mission Ambition girls softball team is heading to the provincial championships as one of the teams with a great shot at winning it all.
The Ambition took their lumps in their first season as a pee wee C team in 2010, but this year dominated the circuit. They went undefeated in league play. They won the Whalley tournament, and took silver in their host tournament in Mission. The Ambition then went undefeated through the district championships, beating the best teams from Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, North Langley and Mission.
The provincials will be held July 7 in Cranbrook.
Coach Amanda Philip has worked with the same group for six seasons, and says its gratifying to see them develop into a great team.
“They really worked their butts off this year,” she said.
Other coaches pay the Ambition compliments, and some don’t want to play them and face a blowout on the scoreboard.
They will face tough competition at the provincials. The host Cranbrook squad has assembled a tough team, after holding tryouts. Newton is also a tough team. They beat the Ambition by one run at the Mission tournament, and went on to win the championship.
So Philip is expecting some tough contests, but she knows her Mission club will be a contender.
The Ambition is fundraising to defray the costs of their transportation and hotel expenses at the provincial championship. The group has an upcoming bottle drive. Anyone with donations that can be picked up can call Amanda Philip at 604-768-9935.