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The Halthorn Global Eagles will represent P.E.I. at the Softball Canada under-14 girls jamboree in British Columbia next week.
Lila Mitchell and Kaelyn White each had three hits as the P.E.I. Halthorn Global Eagles defeated the host White Rock Renegades 9-6 Wednesday at the under-14 girls softball tournament in British Columbia.
Robyn Power, Hannah Sentner each had two hits while Kalli Hunter, Sydney Halliwell and Hannah Annear all added one.
Halliwell pitched the maximum four innings, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four. Margaret Reynolds pitched three innings, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out one.
Coach Chris Halliwell said the girls played with poise and confidence.
“The girls had a different look in their eyes before today’s game than they had last year,” Halliwell wrote in an email to The Guardian. “They were ready to go and had no fear. They did what we worked on the most, played great defence and hit the ball very well.”
White Rock scored two runs in the top of the second inning before the Eagles tie it up when Annear drove in two runs in the bottom of the inning.
The Renegades retook the league with a run in the third, but White drove in Hunter to tie it going to the fourth.
The Eagles took their first lead of the game in the fourth inning when Power drove in Sentner and Mitchell drove in Power.
The host team cut the deficit to one in the fifth inning and took a one-run lead with two in the sixth.
The Eagles scored four runs in their half of the inning keyed by Power’s double, Hunter’s triple and White’s single.
White Rock got runners on the corner with no outs in the seventh, but the Eagles retired the next better and ended the game with a double play. Centre-fielder White caught a fly ball and threw the runner out at the plate.
“We accomplished our first goal and have re-adjusted going into Thursday’s games when we go looking for our second win,” the coach said.
The Eagles play two Ontario teams today, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 10:30 p.m. ADT.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
B.C. 0 2 1 0 1 2 0 6
P.E.I. 0 2 1 2 0 4 x 9