SPORTS IN BRIEF: Kaos women’s fastpitch third in Western Canada; Royals ship Topping for forward, draft pick; Mosquito Eagles de-clawed at provincials

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Kaos women's fastpitch third in Western Canada; Royals ship Topping for forward, draft pick; Mosquito Eagles de-clawed at provincials

Kaos women third in Western Canada

The Victoria Kaos claimed bronze at the Western Canadian senior-B women’s fastpitch championships in Burnaby on the weekend.

Kaos catcher Kara Shelley took the tourney MVP award by going error-free for 52 innings with seven put-outs and seven hits in 21 at-bats.

Victoria finished first in the round robin with five wins in six games, but lost in the quarterfinals to the tournament’s eventual champions, Strathmore Magic, who Victoria had previously beaten in the round robin.

Kaos lost its chance for another shot at the Magic in the final when the Victoria team lost to the Manitoba Aces in the semifinal.

Last year, Kaos won the provincial senior-B championships and were bronze medalists when they hosted the B.C. tourney at Hyacinth Park earlier this summer.

 

Royals ship d-man for forward, pick

The Victoria Royals picked up forward Justin Spagrud and a second round draft pick from the Tri-City Americans for defenceman Mitch Topping. Head coach and general manager Marc Habscheid keyed on the importance of getting a high draft-pick along with Spagrud, a resident of Gull Lake, Sask.

Spagrud, 16, spent last season with the Swift Current Legionnaires midget-AAA team and played for Team Saskatchewan at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax in February.

Topping, 18, played 71 games for the Bruins last year.

 

Eagles run ends with bronze medal

The Victoria Eagles won bronze at the recent mosquito-AAA (9-10) provincials in Richmond.

The Eagles won three straight round-robin games to earn a playoff spot over Rutland, Richmond and Ridge Meadows for a spot in the semifinals.

Eventual champions Chilliwack put an end to the Eagles’ dynamic run, leaving the Victoria club with bronze.