Charlottetown Mariners advance to placing game in B Division of tournament
The tournament is over for the host P.E.I. Bandits at the Canadian under-18 women’s fastpitch championship in Charlottetown.
The Bandits lost 2-1 to Alberta Extreme in a pitchers’ duel today to finish the tournament with a 0-7 record.
The Bandits finished round-robin play winless in six games in the Cup (A) Division before moving into the playoff round of the lower tier, where one loss meant elimination.
With their win, the Xtreme advanced to a late game Friday against the Mississauga North Tigers.
Tori Campbell-Jones, who took the loss on the mound for the Bandits, said the Bandits felt they were better than their record.
They lost close games to the River City Hornets and the Mississauga North Tigers on the second day of the tournament and, looking back, Campbell-Jones said winning those games would have meant a different tournament.
“The other teams definitely took us seriously and we played like we belonged,” she said. “However, we just couldn’t make things happen when we needed to.”
Meanwhile, in the Plate (B) Division, the Charlottetown Mariners ended round-robin play on a winning note Friday, down the New Brunswick Spartans 13-7.
The Mariners are seeded sixth in the playoffs and will play the Fundy Vipers today at 5 p.m. at the Central Field complex.
Hillary Pineau picked up the win, coming on in relief of Tori Kinney. Clara Jane Wood was the Mariners’ top batter going 4-for-5.
Lisa Dewar took the loss for the Spartans (0-5).
The Mariners finished the round robin with a 2-3 record.
Assistant coach Jordan Ellis said the team never gave up, noting the Mariners are not scared to use their bats, racking up 19 hits in Friday’s game alone.
Ellis said the team has its sights set on fifth place in the eight-team division.