Pitcher Domarchuk named most valuable player
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The Charlottetown Outriders Black Sox are Eastern Canadian women’s orthodox champions. Team members are, front row, from left, Rachel MacGuigan, Jackie McCaughey, Kate Domarchuk, Allysha Kinney and Kelley Lea. Second row, assistant coach Dennis McCaughey, Miranda McHugh, Kerri Moore, Lori MacFarlane, Charly Johnston, Tasha MacDonald, Kayla Paynter, Natalie Doyle and head coach Stephen Birt.
The Charlottetown Outriders Black Sox won their third consecutive Eastern Canadian women’s orthodox championship in Saint John, N.B.
The Black Sox went undefeated at 5-0 and defeated the Souris Sliders 7-4 in the gold medal game on Sept. 8.
The Sox scored four runs in the second inning on five hits capped by a two-out, two-run double by Charly Johnston.
Souris fought back with two runs in top of the fourth and tied it in the fifth on Genna Phelan’s RBI double off the fence. In the bottom of the fifth, the Black Sox capitalized on a costly Sliders’ error and Miranda McHugh doubled to score two runs and Kelley Lea scored on a fielder’s choice to give Sox a 7-4 lead which would stand as final.
Domarchuk was awarded the tournament’s top pitcher and MVP after going 5-0.
Charlottetown opened round robin play by beating Nova Scotia 13-2. Charly Johnston, Rachel MacGuigan and Kate Domarchuk each had three hits to lead the offence. Domarchuk was winning pitcher.
The Black Sox improved to 2-0 with a dominating 11-0 victory over the Port City. Domarchuk tossed the complete game no hitter while striking out seven batters. Johnston (3-for-3), Macguigan (2-for-2) and Jackie McCaughey (2-for-3) led the Sox’s offence.
Game 3 was more of the same, as Charlottetown downed Saint John 12-1. Leading the way was winning pitcher Domarchuk (2-for-4), Miranda McHugh (3-for-3) and Kerri Moore (3-for-4).
Charlottetown defeated their arch rivals, the Souris Sliders, 5-3 in the playoff game to decide which division leader went straight to the championship game. Domarchuk picked up the win with Margo Robertson taking the loss. Domarchuk (2-for-3) and MacGuigan (2-for-4) led the Black Sox offence while Robertson (2-for-3), Phelan and Shantel Jackson (1-for-3) paced the sliders.
It capped off a great season for the Black Sox, who also captured the league title, provincial and playoff championships.