The Weyburn White Lightning is the Borderline Fastball League champions. They took the title Sunday night in a two game final against the Ceylon Devils.
The double knockout tournament began at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, undeterred by the thunderstorm that rolled through Weyburn just moments before. The White Lightning went into the games as the number one seed and faced the Devils in their first game of the day at 11:00 a.m. at Tom Laing Park. The White Lightning mercied Ceylon in the game 16-0, but the Devils would get their chance at redemption in the finals.
Heading into the final, the Devils would have to knock off Weyburn twice in order to take the title, as it was a double-elimination tournament. The White Lightning would just need a single win to take the title, by virtue of the earlier victory.
The first game saw the Devils jump out to a 5-0 lead, and they held off a late rally to win 5-3, setting up the second game, racing to finish it against dying daylight, and some nasty weather looming in the west.
In the second game, it was a back and forth battle between the two teams. The Devils had the lead in the fifth inning before an inside the park home run from Shelly Robertson of the White Lightning gave them the lead. In the top of the sixth, Ceylon tied it back up. Heading into the bottom of the sixth, the game was knotted up at five when the offensive floodgates opened up for Weyburn.
They scored seven runs in the inning, giving them a 12-5 lead. The Devils weren’t able to muster anything in their next at bat, and the White Lightning took the title.
The play of the Devils wasn’t unrecognized, though. Kelcie McCutcheon was named the top pitcher of the tournament, while Raeanne Leffler was named tournament MVP.
Other results from the tournament saw the Weyburn Shehawks losing out in their first game of the day, falling 3-2 to the Fillmore Foxes. Fillmore then advanced to face Ceylon, where they lost 6-0.