Canada Summer Games – Day 1 Results
Published by Gilles LeBlanc
Published on August 04, 2013
(Sherbrooke, QC) The softball competition at the Canada Summer Games began with games being played well into the night following a pair of rain delays that put games a few hours behind their scheduled start times. Each province was in action for two games to open the tournament for a total of 10 games played on the opening day of competition.
Manitoba opened the tournament strong with a big 16-0 win over Newfoundland and Labrador. Jillian Dickson (Winnipeg, MB) fired the three-inning no-hitter and struck out five batters, while the bats exploded for 12 runs in the bottom of the third for the run-rule win. Stefanie Sheard (Winnipeg, MB) had a homerun, a double and two singles and drove in five runs to lead Manitoba at the plate, while Mia Gautron (Winnipeg) and Courtney Kwasnitza (Stonewall, MB) each chipping in with two hits and two runs batted in.
New Brunswick jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after two innings of play, but Saskatchewan scored three in the third and two in the fourth to take the lead and hold on to the win. New Brunswick opened the scoring on a passed ball and a double steal, but Cassidy Ball (Saskatoon, SK) hit a two-run triple down the first base line to tie the game before scoring on a fielder’s choice. The following inning, Kristen Herman (Saskatoon, SK) led off with a triple and scored on a single by Ashlyn Johnsen (Saskatoon, SK), and Morgan Garman (Saskatoon, SK) later hit an RBI double to increase Saskatchewan’s lead to 5-2. The teams exchanged runs in the fifth, with New Brunswick scoring one in the top of the seventh, but it was not enough. Keeley Van Blaricom (Southey, SK) picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle allowing three runs – two earned – on two hits and five walks in five innings.
Pitchers Madison Clarke (Edmonton, AB) and Andrea Williams (Park Falls, NS) battled it out in the pitcher’s in a tight 2-1 ball game through five inning before Alberta powered ahead with four runs in the top of the sixth and four more in the seventh to earn the win. Alberta opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the second, but Nova Scotia cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the inning. Taylor McGonigal (Calgary, AB) and Kadieann Tighe (Priddis, AB) each had RBI singles followed by a two-run double by Casey-May Huff (Calgary, AB) to add to Alberta’s lead in the sixth, and Alberta added four more in the seventh highlighted by a two-run single by Katie Hlushak (Airdrie, AB) to put the game out of reach. Clarke allowed three runs – all unearned – on five hits with seven strikeouts in the win.
Jennine Walsh (Langley, BC) held Prince Edward Island to one run on four hits in four innings, while Cassandra Dypchey (South Surrey, BC), Chelsea Jenner (Abbotsford, BC) and Kaitlyn Cameron (Langley, BC) all drove in two runs to lead British Columbia to the win. Dypchey opened the scoring with a two-run single in the bottom of the first, and after PEI scored a run on a single by Clara Wood in the second, they added four runs in the third on a fielder’s choice, an RBI double by Lindsey Ogilvie (Surrey, BC) and a two-run double Cameron. The following inning, BC got an RBI single by Dypchey and a two-run single by Jenner to round out the scoring. Wood contributed two singles in the loss for PEI.
Manitoba stunned Ontario by scoring six runs on six hits in the bottom of the sixth and was one out away from the victory before a rain delay came into effect for an hour and 45 minutes in the top of the seventh inning, but when play resumed, pitcher Brooke Seneshen (Winnipeg, MB) struck out the final batter to earn the complete-game shutout. Stacie Cox (London, ON) had held Manitoba to only one hit through five innings before Manitoba put five singles and a double together to push six runs across the plate. Seneshen scattered six hits and struck out five in the win.
Quebec opened their tournament on home soil by scoring early in often in a 12-0 win against New Brunswick. Caroline Champoux (Terrebonne, QC) and Karelle Côté (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC) split the pitching duties and limited New Brunswick to only one hit, while Christina Latreille (Coteau-du-Lac, QC) hit a three-run homerun and Quebec delivered five triples. Latreille opened the scoring with her three-run shot in the top of the first, and Quebec added four more in the second on a two-run triple by Brigitte Aizprua (Montreal, QC), an RBI triple by Corinne Brookhuis (East York, ON) and a run-scoring single by Latreille. Samantha Kwok (Ile-Bizard, QC) and Emilie Laliberte (Granby, QC) hit back-to-back RBI triples in the fourth, with two more runs scoring later in the inning. Quebec would go on to add another in the top of the fifth to complete the scoring.
Andrea Williams pitched a complete-game shutout allowing five hits and struck out 15 and delivered a key two-run double in the top of the sixth to lead Nova Scotia to a 5-0 win over Newfoundland and Labrador. Nova Scotia opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the second on an RBI groundout and an error. Williams then hit her two-run double to increase the lead to 4-0, and later scored on a single by Emily Piggott (Dartmouth, NS) to round out the scoring. Brittany Antle (Bishop`s Falls, NL) registered two of Newfoundland and Labrador’s five hits.
Pitchers Kenzie Friesen (Saskatoon, SK) and Jaycee Affeldt (Maple Ridge, BC) each allowed six hits in complete-game efforts, but BC made their hits count by scoring three times to defeat Saskatchewan in an excellent ball game. Cassandra Dypchey led off the bottom of the second inning with a triple and immediately scored on a single by Chelsea Jenner, and Jenner later scored on a ground out to give BC a 2-0 lead. BC later added a run on an RBI single by Kaitlyn Cameron in the fourth, and that was all they needed to take the win. Affeldt struck out 12 batters, with Morgan Garman and Friesen each earning a pair of hits for Saskatchewan.
Pitcher Chelsea Darrach held Prince Edward Island in the game until the top of the sixth before Alberta registered five hits to score four runs to break a 2-2 tie as Alberta took the victory. Alberta opened the scoring in the top of the fifth on RBI singles by Annie Gogich (Ardrossan, AB) and Torri Kleibrink (Calgary, AB), but PEI responded right away in the bottom of the inning on an error and an RBI single by Jessica Campbell. In the sixth, Brenley Caron (Edmonton, AB) gave Alberta the lead with an RBI single followed by an RBI single by Taylor McGonigal and two-run single by Kadieann Tighe to put the game out of reach. Campbell registered two hits for PEI, with Laura Bradley adding a double.
In the final game of the night, Caroline Champoux and Alex Sagl (Burlington, ON) had a great pitching duel as Ontario took an early lead and held on for the 2-1 win. Ontario opened the scoring in the bottom of the first by loading the bases one out and scoring a run on a ground out, but that was all they could get as they stranded two runners in scoring position. They added an insurance run in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Miranda Castiglione (Brampton, ON), but Quebec responded by scoring on a passed ball in the top of the fourth to cut the lead in half. Neither team was able to produce much after that, as Champoux only allowed six hits and struck out nine while Sagl allowed three hits and struck out four.
Key matchups on Day 2 of competition will see British Columbia (2-0) taking on Alberta (2-0) at noon EDT followed by Manitoba (2-0) later in the day at 6:00pm EDT, both at Bureau park. Ontario (1-1) will also look to bounce back from a tough first day against Saskatchewan (1-1) at 11:00am at Desranleau Park, while Quebec (1-1) and Alberta (2-0) will square off at 4:00pm EDT at Bureau Park.
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