Tuesday, November 5, 2019

HALLOWEEN 2019 recap

( Halloween / 2019 ).
( Taila / Halloween ).

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


( Taila / Costume ).
( Halloween / 2019 ).

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


Girls Under 12 North Vancouver June 14th to 16th

Final Score:Richmond 12 Mission 11

Team Roster: Amaya, Ashley, Asia, Camryn, Cora, Kamiya, Taila, Erica, Julia, Shayla, Cailey, Rebecca A, Kate, Jasmine, Rebecca F, Maylin. 

Coaches: Rick, Murray and Jody

Wednesday, June 12, 2019



From The Richmond Sentinel, May 29th, 2019...

Don Fennell
Published: May 29th, 2019 2;37 PM

Taila Cranston is displaying her pitching prowess for two Richmond softball teams this season.

Photo by Chung Chow

Taila Cranston loves hanging out with friends, lounging around during the summer, and listening to the current wave of pop music. Oh, and she’s still stoked about having just attended her first-ever concert—starring one of the world’s top contemporary recording artists, Ariana Grande—with her dad.

In most respects then, a typical pre-teen. Except on the ball diamond.

Pitching for two teams this season, Cranston is like a hired gun from the days of the Old West or Jonah Hex from the DC Universe. And she relishes the opportunity to make her way to the pitching mound with the game on the line.

“I go where I am needed the most,” explains the 11-year-old, who is throwing this season for both the Tigers and Lions in the Richmond Girls Softball Association.

Already a five-year veteran in Richmond Girls Softball, Cranston is pitching perfect innings and winning games for both under-12 teams. At Richmond’s annual season-opening invitational tournament played at Steveston-London field, she was unanimously awarded MVP honours as a Tiger, after throwing a multi-strikeout shutout inning during a victory over the Vancouver Griffins. Then in the first post-tournament league game, she closed out a win over the Delta Dragons with three strikeouts on nine pitches for the Lions.

A multi-sport athlete, the Manoah Steves Elementary student also plays spring basketball and competes in track and field. It all makes for a busy, but enjoyable athletic schedule.

“I love pitching, and base running,” Cranston says. “I also like the team atmosphere and having a great time with the other girls.”

She doesn’t remember exactly why she began playing six years ago, except that her dad signed her up “thinking I would be good at a skilled sport like softball.”

“I like being really busy in the spring, and then taking the summer off,” Cranton says. “My main team is the Tigers, but sometimes both teams need a player or a pitcher. When you pitch, all you think about is getting the batter out no matter which team it is for.”

Her becoming a pitcher was a result of wanting to keep playing softball over the winter. She began attending the association’s winter pitching clinics taught by Rob Scott.

Reflective of her philosophy to “Play for your team, play for yourself, play for parents, but most of all for the little girl in the stands that wants to be just like you,” Cranston’s goals over the next couple of seasons are to become more consistent, and to play U14 softball.

“Also, to coach younger players just starting out with my dad.”

Explains her dad, Jody Cranston: “Both the Tigers and Lions are very enthusiastic and both practice quite a bit together. The girls are all really good friends and each have about four or five girls who want to pitch, which is quite unusual.”

While the teams play at the house level, Jody says he has seen teams at this level capable of playing rep ball. But many times the girls are playing multiple sports and can’t commit to the rep schedule.

To see this article in RICHMOND SENTINEL Newspaper form click HERE .

( Taila Cranston / Softball ).
( Taila Cranston / RGSA ).

THREE RBI TRIPLE - then stole home!

Taila Cranston / RICHMOND LIONS
Girls Under 12 - RGSA Fastball

June 11th vs North Delta
THREE RBI TRIPLE - Over the outfielders head - then stole home!
Plus five strikeouts in two innings pitching.

( Taila Cranston / Softball ).
( Jody Cranston / Proud Dad ).

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Double duty for Richmond Girls Softball Association pitcher

ranston sets record with win in Seattle
ranston sets record with win in Seattle
ranston sets record with win in Seattle
From The Richmond News, May 9th, 2019...
Published: May 3rd, 2019 10:00 AM

It’s a busy start to the season on the ball diamond for Taila Cranston. The U12 Richmond Girls Softball Association pitcher is throwing perfect innings for not one but two teams. Like a gun for hire: the Richmond Tigers and Lions are benefiting from Cranston’s years of pitching experience and velocity. “I go where I am needed the most” said the 11-year-old who is already a five-year pitching veteran.

At RGSA’s annual U12 tournament at London Park last weekend, Cranston earned the Player of the Game MVP award unanimously after a pitching a multi strikeout shutout inning against Vancouver Griffins for the Tigers. Then, in the first post tournament league game, she closed the door on the Delta Dragons with a perfect inning — recording three strikeouts in the minimum nine pitches for the Richmond Lions. The Minoah Steeves Elementary School also plays spring basketball for a really busy but enjoyable athletic schedule.

Other highlights from last weekend’s tournament included Erica Hsieh, Maylyn Zhang batting .600, and multiple runs saved by Chloe Wilson for the Lions. On the Tigers, Asia Sovde was on fire at pitching while Ashley Barstow made an outstanding double play at second which saved the game. Catcher Kamiya Hayre limited stolen bases to a minimum even throwing some outs at third.

( Taila Cranston / Pitching Ace ).
( RGSA / Girls Softball / Tigers, Lions ).

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


April 29th vs Delta. Taila pitched three up, three down, three strikeouts final inning for the win.

( Taila Cranston / Tigers ).
( Dad / Jerry Maguire ).