A tough out

Mariners and de­fend­ing champs were tied go­ing into sev­enth in­ning in un­der-21 na­tion­als game

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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.

JASON SIM­MONDS/TC MEDIA PHOTO

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.

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