Small-ball vic­tory

Reds use speed, bunts to win East Coast Games

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Sco­tia­bank Reds avenged an ear­lier loss to the Saint John Stingers in the fi­nal of the East Coast Games re­cently in Saint John, N.B.

The Stingers won the roundrobin con­test 5-4, but the Reds took the un­der-21/open women’s cham­pi­onship game 7-2.

It is the Reds third tour­na­ment win of the sea­son.

“We wanted this tour­na­ment since we signed up for it back in April. We knew the com­pe­ti­tion was go­ing to be the best we have seen, and wanted to beat the best,” said man­ager Jor­dan El­lis.

“We wanted to win this one for our head coach Jeff Ellsworth, who is rep­re­sent­ing Team Canada at the ISF world cham­pi­onships in Saska­toon.”

Pitcher Emily Broth­ers was named the cham­pi­onship game MVP while the of­fence was led by Kai­ley Koughan, 3-for-4; Brianna Arse­nault, 2-for-4 with a triple; and Jada Yeo 2-for-4.

“We were tired. It was our fourth game of ball for the day, but we knew what we had to do to win,” said co-cap­tain Hope Hig­gin­botham. “Emily Broth­ers pitched a great game for us and our small ball game worked out like we hoped for.”

The Reds were ag­gres­sive steal­ing bases and caused a few er­rors lead­ing to runs.

In round-robin play, the Is­land squad picked up a 13-2 win over Nova Sco­tia’s un­der-21 team and a 16-9 vic­tory over the Saint John Vipers. Jor­don Havenga picked up both wins and was 2-for-3 against the Vipers.

Yeo, Sarah Wood­side and Ab­bie Mor­ris­sey each had two hits against Nova Sco­tia while Hig­gin­botham had two hits against the Vipers.

Brianna Arse­nault was 2-for-3 and Koughan 1-for-1 in the loss to the Stingers.

The Reds play the Nova Sco­tia un­der-18 team in a dou­ble­header on Sun­day in Stel­lar­ton, N.S., and are pre­par­ing for the All-Amer­i­can Chal­lenge in Low­ell, Mass.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Sco­tia­bank Reds won the un­der-21/open women’s di­vi­sion last week­end at the East Coast Games in Saint John, N.B. Front row, from left, are Brianna Arse­nault, Emily Broth­ers, Ab­bie Mor­ris­sey, Hope Hig­gin­botham, Sarah Hen­der­son, Heidi Ren­nie, Brai­lyne Jenk­ins and coach/man­ager Jor­dan El­lis. Sec­ond row, MacKen­zie Koughan, Kay­lan Ellsworth, Sarah Wood­side, Vanessa Ren­nie, Jada Yeo, Ash­ley MacBain, Jor­don Havenga and Kai­ley Koughan.

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