O’LEARY – A five-hit, five-run second inning helped send the Westisle Wolverines well on their way to winning their third P.E.I. School Athletic Association Senior Girls Softball League championship in a row.
Up 6-0 after two innings, the Wolverines rumbled to an 11-0 win over the Bluefield Bobcats, who went into the game looking to sweep the provincial championships after the Bluefield boys cruised to a 6-1 win over Kinkora. Both championship games were played on O’Leary’s Ellis Field on Wednesday.
In the bronze-medal game, played at the Rink Field also on Wednesday, Montague outscored Charlottetown Rural 9-5.
Heidi Rennie capped off her first year pitching for Westisle with a one-hit gem, striking out one batter.
“She (Rennie) just came to me at the first of the season and said that she’d like to pitch,” said Wolverines head coach Lori Ellsworth. “I told her if she got into practice and stuff she’d have the ball for the whole playoffs. She did a great job; she brought us through all the games.
“The quarter-final was a close game, and the second (semifinal) was a close game. She pitched a phenomenal game here tonight (Wednesday).”
Like four graduating players, this is Ellsworth’s third championship win in three years with the Wolverines. Katie Rayner, Rebecca Palmer, Daphne Donahue and Clare Jane Wood are all graduating with three senior softball gold medals.
“The girls just seemed like they had it in their head they were coming out to win this ball game here tonight, and the bats were going and the fielders had no errors,” assessed Ellsworth. “They just played great. They played together as a team.”
Hard-throwing Bluefield pitcher Alyssa Fleming struck out six Westisle batters while giving up 16 hits and 11 runs.
A Sasha Joyce single for Bluefield spoiled Rennie’s otherwise perfect game.
Top hitters for Westisle were Abby Morrissey (3-3, double), Rebecca Palmer (3-4, double), Daphne Donahue (2-2) and Sarah Woodside (2-2) and Jacinda Costello (2-3).