Bronze for Edle, Vipers

Edle goes deep at Western Canadian Softball Championships

Connor Edle sent a couple balls flying out of the park in Battleford, Sask.

The 100 Mile House talent played shortstop and centrefield for the Fraser Valley Vipers at the Western Canadian Softball Championships on Aug. 1-4.

The tourney saw some of the country’s best teams and the British Columbia boys brought home a bronze medal.

“It was a lot of fun,” Edle says. “We were a lot better than last year. We had a way better team.”

The Vipers, with Edle in the lineup, won the Softball BC 2014 Championship in North Surrey in July before the Western Championship. In 2013, the Vipers were provincial champions as well, and went 3-3 at Westerns that year.

In Saskatchewan , the Napanee Express, of Ontario, and the Irma Tigers, of Alberta, won first place and second, respectively.

Against Napanee, the Vipers rested their two starting pitchers and threw in Edle, who pitched in the local men’s fastball league in 100 Mile House for Exeter Sporting Goods, on the mound.

Needless to say, he faced strong hitters on that championship squad.

He can’t help but laugh a little bit about the outcome.

“They scored 18 runs on me, or something like that,” Edle says. “I won MVP for that game, too. I had one strike out. I thought it was pretty funny.”

His weekend highlights were the “two bombs” he hit out of the park for home runs.

Third place feels great, he adds.

“We went into the tournament expecting to come out first or second, but we had a lot of injuries. Everybody was beat.”

The long softball season will continue for Edle.

He was picked up by Abbotsford Shelcam Construction for a Senior D Men’s provincial tournament in Kelowna on Aug. 15-17.