Nova Scotia 98s scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday to defeat the Re/Max Ravens 4-3 in the final of a girls’ softball tournament in Cardigan.
The Ravens carried a 4-0 record into Sunday’s final.
“The girls played excellent ball all weekend,” said Ravens’ head coach Mark Quinn. “We were competing against the top (under-16) softball teams in the Maritime provinces and we are as good as anyone. Softball is a game of inches and with a couple of errors and missed opportunities at the plate, we were not able to pull off the victory on Sunday.”
Emily Brothers suffered the loss while striking out seven. Ashley MacBain 2-for-3 and Danielle Collings 1-for-2 were the top Ravens’ hitters.
P.E.I. defeated the under-18 Saint John Vipers 8-1 in the semifinal with Brothers throwing a two-hitter with seven strikeouts.
Collings was 3-for-3 to lead the offence while Allee Ryan and Vanessa Rennie each were 2-for-3.
The Ravens finished the round robin with a 3-0 record after defeating the Nova Scotia 9-1, the Moncton Rebels 12-0 and the Fredericton Twins 10-0.
“The team has been improving every time they go out on the field. Our hitting was outstanding this weekend generating 42 runs in five games. Defensively, we only surrendered six runs; unfortunately four of them were in the finals," Quinn said.
"Having tight defensive games with pressure are needed to prepare the girls for the Canadian championships, where every play is important.
"Obviously we would have preferred to come away with a victory on Sunday, but if we can learn from Sunday’s final, we will be better prepared for the Canadians.”
The RE/MAX Ravens head to Lowell, Mass., this weekend to compete in a 30-team under-16 All-American tournament. They play two games Friday, three games Saturday, followed by a single-elimination playoff round beginning Sunday morning.
The Re/Max Ravens summaries from Saturday during round-robin play at a tournament in Cardigan.
Re/Max Ravens 9 Nova Scotia 98s 1
Margaret Reynolds struck out nine while scattering three hits for the win.
Top batters – Sarah Murphy 3-for-3, Brianna Arsenault 3-for-4, Emily Brothers 2-for-3, Allee Ryan and Vanessa Rennie 2-for-4.
Re/Max Ravens 12 – Moncton Rebels 0
Sydney Halliwell struck out seven while scattering three hits.
Top Batters – Sarah Murphy 3-for-3, Danielle Collings 2-for-3 and Brianna Arsenault 2-for-4.
Re/Max Ravens 10 – Fredericton Twins 0
Emily Brothers threw a one-hit shutout while fanning 12.
Top batters – Mackenzie Koughan and Danielle Collings 3-for-3, Vanessa Rennie 2-for-3.