A tough out
Mariners and defending champs were tied going into seventh inning in under-21 nationals game
The Charlottetown Bottle and Metal Mariners may have opened some eyes on Wednesday.
The host team for the 2015 Tri-Tech Services national under-21 women’s fastpitch championship at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Very Important Volunteer (VIV) Field completed Day 1 of the seven-team tournament at 1-1.
“It was a great start,” assessed Mariners head coach Jody Kinney. “Everybody was on their game giving it their all, and doing what they need to do.”
The Mariners opened the round robin with a nail-biting 53 win over Nova Scotia in an afternoon contest, and then jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the defending-champion Alberta Wildcat Warriors from Edmonton before falling 5-3 in an evening contest.
“That was a great game against the defending champions,” said Kinney. “The girls were right in it until the end. . .
“Last year, we played them and they beat us pretty bad. It was nice to come back strong at them like that, and it’s a great start to the tournament for sure.”
Mariners pitcher Priscilla Curran’s two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the first inning staked the Mariners to a 2-0 advantage. Heather Drake’s two-bagger with one out in the third inning plated Stacy Montgomery for a 3-0 Mariners’ lead. Montgomery led the host team with a 2-for-3 batting summary and two runs scored.
The Warriors counted a deuce in the top of the fourth inning to get back in the game, and tied it on a one-out triple by Taylor Mc- Gonigal (3-4) and Madison McGonigal’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Simone Bouffard reached first on an infield error with one out in the seventh inning to start a rally that would give the Warriors their first lead of the game. Mikaya Doroshuk followed with a solid single to centre field to put runners on first and second.
Madison McGonigal then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to third and second with two outs.
Brenley Caron, who had a 2for-3 batting summary, hit a hard single just past the outstretched glove of a diving Mariners second baseman Mackenzie Pinet to the two runs.
Winning pitcher Kenzie Friesen tossed a complete game.
Thursday, the Mariners face New Brunswick’s Saint John Spartans at 10:30 a.m., and the Newfoundland and Labrador Selects at 8:30 p.m. Kinney said left-hander Hillary Pineau is expected to get the start versus New Brunswick.
Hillary Pineau of the Charlottetown Bottle and Metal Mariners swings at a pitch during Wednesday afternoon’s game against Nova Scotia in the 2015 Tri-Tech Services national under-21 women’s fastpitch championship in Summerside. Pineau earned the pitching win and drove in the game-winning run in the Mariners’ 5-3 win.