Country Grocer wins South Cowichan Youth Softball Association majors title

Ryan Wolfe hit grand slams in back-toback innings and powered Country Grocer to an improbable comeback in the majors division championship game as the South Cowichan Youth Softball Association wrapped up play with an action-packed day late last month.

Country Grocer trailed Mill Bay Storage 10-0 in the top of the second inning, but got back in the game with seven runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, including four from one of Wolfe’s slams. His second grand slam of the game came in the bottom of the third inning, but it wasn’t until the sixth inning that Country Grocer was able to pull ahead for good. Trailing 14-13 going into the bottom of that inning, the team manufactured five more runs to seal up the 18-14 victory.

While Country Grocer took home the gold and Mill Bay Storage claimed silver, South Cowichan Storage was presented with the sportsmanship award.

In the intermediate division, Hillside Stone topped Sports Traders for first place, while Mill Bay Merchants received the sportsmanship award. The seniors division was won by Mason’s Store over Gravel Hill, with Danson Mechanical getting the sportsmanship award.

The SCYSA has a range of divisions for girls and boys between the ages of five to 19. While most of the participants do hail from the Mill Bay-Shawnigan Lake-Cobble

Hill area, they are open to players from anywhere.

Past president Dalyce Waldner is hoping more parents will volunteer to help keep the SCYSA functioning.

"We still need lots of volunteers to keep this league going, especially from the parents of the younger divisions," she said. "If their children plan on continuing to play over the years, then those parents need to step in and mold the league; it’s always growing and changing. Now is the time, so they can learn from those of us that have been involved in the running of the league for as many years as the current exec has been involved."

For more information, visit the SCYSA website at southcowichanyouthsoftball.ca