Arsenault drives home tying, winning run in bottom of the seventh inning
Prince Edward Island’s representatives brought bronze medals home from the under-16 girls softball nationals in Brampton, Ont.
The Re/Max Ravens defeated the Nova Scotia 98s with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory in the bottom of the seventh inning in the third-place game of the bowl division.
Danielle Collings’ ground ball to second base scored Jada Yeo from third to tie it while Brianna Arsenault scored the winning run when the throw to first went awry.
“It was a huge win for the girls,” said Ravens head coach Mark Quinn. “They played very well during the playoff round and this was a fantastic way to finish off our season.”
Emily Brothers pitched a complete game and struck out nine.
“It was excellent to see Emily get the win. She pitched very well for us all week and has been a leader on and off the field,” Quinn added.
The Ravens scored their first two runs on a two-run home run to straight away centre field by Arsenault.
Yeo was 2-for-4 while Vanessa Rennie and Sarah Murphy went 1-for-3. Ashley MacBain and Collings went 1-for-4.
Arsenault finished with a .529 batting average, including .556 in the round-robin portion of the tournament, to earn All-Canadian honours.
“Brianna had an awesome tournament,” Quinn said.
The All-Canadian awards ceremony took place during the bottom of the sixth inning of the Ravens third-place game. Nova Scotia head coach Richie Connors agreed to suspend the game until after the award ceremony.
“We really appreciated the gesture of sportsmanship from Richie and his Nova Scotia team, so we could all be there to cheer when Brianna got her award,” Quinn said.
The Ravens season has ended, but players will now compete with club teams at the Eastern Canadians in Fredericton, N.B., and the provincial championships in September.