Coach Wayne Gray-Baker believes there's nothing wrong with going into a tournament as an underdog.
That label put his
Mississauga Southwest Hurricanes under-14 girls' softball team in a position to succeed at the Canadian Fast Pitch Jamboree, held last Wednesday through Sunday in Vaughan.
And succeed it did.
defeated the provincial champion Guelph Gators 7-2 in Sunday's championship game.
said watching his
squad celebrate was surreal.
"I actually came to tears for the girls," he
"We came out against Guelph and made a very serious statement, scoring five runs in the first inning.
As much as they may have doubted us, (the Hurricanes) were the best team in the country and they played like it."
The Hurricanes, the last of three Ontario teams to qualify for the national championships (they did so by winning bronze at the Provincial Grand Championships in Guelph), made it through the round-robin in Vaughan with a 4-2 record.
They were seeded fourth in the nine-team tournament.
In the quarter-finals, they knocked off the top-seeded Delta Heat (British Columbia) 3-2 before disposing of the White Rock Renegades (B.C.) 7-1 in the semi-finals.
team put in a lot of effort over the year and deserved to win.
"We hit a little bump in the road and things didn't work out the way we wanted them to at the grand championships," he