The battle for the top under-18 women’s fastpitch team in the country is starting to heat up as the playoff round got underway Friday in Charlottetown.
In an all-B.C. battle in the opening game of Cup Division playoff action, the defending champion White Rock Renegades defeated the Surrey Storm 3-0.
The Renegades will now battle the Saskatoon Selects, who took care of the Ajax Raiders 5-1. Meanwhile, the Storm is still alive as they battle the Quebec Rebelles 96 today. The Quebec squad shut out the Regina Kaos 6-0.
The Rebelles were led on the mound by Annie Renaud. Isabelle Champoux, went 2-for-3 at the plate. Hanna Dunnigan, Hallie Luther and Masison Jerome shared the pitching duties for Saskatchewan team.
In a thriller that went down to the last out, the Brampton Blazers beat the Manitoba Terminators 5-3. Brampton will now face the Saskatoon Selects. Meanwhile, the Terminators, who were the last team to fall from the undefeated ranks in the round robin, is now out of the tournament play.
In a Bowl Division game, the Alberta Xtreme defeated the host P.E.I. Bandits 2-1. The Island squad went winning in the round robin and will now be watching the rest of the tournament from the sidelines. The Nova Scotia Stealers have also been eliminated as they lost to the Calahoo Erins 5-3.
The Charlottetown Bottle and Metal Mariners finished out round-robin play in the Plate division on a winning note, downing the New Brunswick Spartans 13-7.
The win came on the strength of five runs in the third inning, which put them in position to overcome a 7-1 deficit. They added three more in the next inning and never looked back. For good measure, they added one more in the fifth and three more in their half of the last inning. The Mariners finished round robin with a 2-3 record.
Hillary Pineau picked up the win, coming on in relief of Tori Kinney. Clara Jane Wood was the top batter going 4-5. Lisa Dewar took the loss on the mound for the Spartans, who were winless in five starts.
The Whitby Eagles finished the round robin with a 3-2 record with a 4-2 victory over the Palmerston Marlins 96. Samantha MacCallum was the winning pitcher and helped her own cause at the plate going 2-3 with an RBI. Lexie Carrier went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Courtney Torrie took the loss on the mound for the Marlins.
Play continues today and Sunday at the Central Field complex.
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