Busy was only one word for the P.E.I. Halthorn Global Eagles provincial under-14 girls fastpitch team last weekend.
Another description could be successful as the Eagles went 3-2 in exhibition play in P.E.I. and New Brunswick.
On Saturday, the Eagles faced a Scotiabank Reds provincial under-18 split squad and dropped those games 8-1 and 10-2.
But Sunday, the under-14s went 3-0 in a one-day tourney in River Valley, N.B., against the Memramcook Dynamite, the KV Dynamite and the River Valley Spartans.
On Sunday in N.B., Robin Power led off the first game against Memramcook with a home run and Hannah Annear ended it with a homer after letting a 6-1 lead vanish in the fourth inning.
Memramcook tied the game 6-6, but the Eagles regrouped and scored two in the sixth inning and five more in the seventh capped off by a Annear’s three-run blast for a 13-6 final.
Eagles top batters were Robyn Power (3-5), Lila Mitchell (4-5), Kalli Hunter (3-5) and Annear (1-1). Pitching duties were shared by Sydney Halliwell and Margaret Reynolds who combined to strike out nine batters and scatter five hits and four walks.
In the 20-1 pounding of the KV Dynamite, every Eagles batter reached base at least twice. Quinn Kirkland (2-2), Annear (2-3), Turbide (2-3) and Devon Lawlor (3-4) all reached base four times.
On the mound, the combo of Lawlor and Annear fanned 10 batters and gave up three hits.
The Eagles then blanked River Valley 11-0 in the nightcap by solid plate performances by Power (3-3), Hunter (2-4), Kaelyn White (1-2) and Margaret Reynolds.
Reynolds and Power one-hit River Valley and struck out a combined 12 batters.
“This game was a good test to our physical and mental conditioning. It was a warm and long day, but our girls played hard and focused on every at bat and defensive play right until the final out,” said Chris Halliwell, under-14 head coach. “We played fantastic defence all day except for one inning and our bats were explosive. Our girls reached base an amazing 81 times out of 124 at bats against some very good under-14 pitching.”
On Saturday, the Eagles were outmatched in two game against a Scotiabank Reds provincial under-18 split squad.
In the first game against the Reds Team White, the White’s bats were too much as they drove in three runs in the third and seventh innings, both times with two outs, and earned an 8-1 victory.
Eagles starting pitcher Sydney Halliwell threw four innings, giving up four runs on four hits while striking out five Reds batters. Margaret Reynolds pitched the last three innings surrendering four runs on three hits and stuck out four.
Eagles top batter was Hannah Sentner (1-2) with a triple and a run scored.
In the second contest versus the Reds Team Red, a 10-2 defeat, Devon Lawlor pitched four innings giving up six runs on six hits. She walked three and struck out five.
Reynolds pitched the last two innings. Top batters were Kassie Oliver (1-2) and Jessica Turbide (1-2).
But Halliwell was pleased with the results which, he said, are good testing ground before the team’s trip to the under-14 nationals in Surrey, British Columbia in August.
“We were very happy with Devon’s performance. She is four to six years younger than some players she faced and she did it with no fear. We put the ball in play a little less in this one while we struck out eight times we still had some very good at bats while facing some tough pitching,” said Halliwell.
“The Reds have played the Eagles five times this season and our girls play and confidence has soared more and more after each time they’ve played us.
The Reds know we will be in against stiff competition when we get to B.C. next month and they are helping us get ready for teams like Ontario and B.C.”