The P.E.I. Re/Max Ravens posted a respectable showing against teams from the United States at an under-16 fastpitch tournament in Lowell, Mass., last weekend.
“We didn’t know what to expect with regards to the level of the competition we were going to face,” commented Mark Quinn, head coach of the P.E.I. girls. “We wanted an opportunity to play against teams who were going to test us, and provide us with the type of competition that we will face at the Canadian championships in mid-August.”
Overall, the Ravens finished with a 4-3 record. The Ravens completed round-robin play 3-2, which was good enough for a 16th place out of 31 teams.
“With the exception of our first game (a 9-1 loss), we hit the ball very well, generating 50 runs over the course of seven games during the weekend,” assessed Quinn. “The girls appeared to be a little tentative in our first game, but once they realized they were as good as any of the other teams, they settled in and played very well for remainder of the weekend.”
It was P.E.I.’s pitchers who had to make the biggest adjustment as they were pitching from 43 feet instead of the normal 40 feet that they pitch from in Canada.
“I knew that our pitching staff, Emily Brothers, Allee Ryan and Jada Yeo, would respond positively to the increased pitching distance as all three girls had previously pitched at 43 feet during the high school softball season,” said Quinn, who noted the trip provided “a great team building opportunity.”
Quinn was extremely pleased with how his team performed over the course of the weekend, especially after suffering losses Friday and Saturday morning.
“It is so easy to lose your focus after a defeat and carry mistakes from one game to the next,” he said. “However, in both cases, our girls rebounded with victories and were able ‘park’ any negative thoughts in the past.”
This ability to remain focused will be especially important at the Canadian championships, where teams only have four games to secure a place in the top eight for the Cup section.
Granite State Gamers Gold 9, Re/Max Ravens 1
Losing pitcher – Jada Yeo (six innings, four strikeouts).
Top batters for Ravens – Jada Yeo (1-3, home run), Sarah Murphy (1-3).
Re/Max Ravens 8,
NH Lightening Blue 7
Winning pitcher – Emily Brothers.
Top batters for Ravens – Ashley MacBain (2-3), Danielle Collings (2-3).
Maine Thunder Gold 11,
Re/Max Ravens 1
Top batters for Ravens – Jada Yeo (2-2), Sarah Murphy (2-3), Ashley MacBain (2-3), Allee Ryan (1-1).
Losing pitcher – unavailable.
Re/Max Ravens 5,
NE Storm Now 4
Winning pitcher – Emily Brothers.
Top batters for Ravens – Mackenzie Koughan (2-3), Allee Ryan (1-4), Emily Brothers (1-4), Brianna Arsenault (1-4), Danielle Collings (1-4), Vanessa Rennie (1-4).
Re/Max Ravens 17,
C Mass Cyclones 3
Winning pitcher – Allee Ryan.
Top batters for Ravens – Lexy Mooney (4-4), Emily Brothers (3-5), Ashley MacBain (2-3), Mackenzie Koughan (2-4), Vanessa Rennie (2-5), Brianna Arsenault (2-5).
Re/Max Ravens 11,
Maysa Hurricanes 8
Winning pitcher – Emily Brothers, with relief from Allee Ryan in the sixth inning.
Top batters for the Ravens – Emily Brothers (2-2, two walks), Sarah Murphy (1-1, home run), Vanessa Rennie (2-4), Ashley MacBain (2-4).
Diamond Gems Orange 9,
Re/Max Ravens 2
Losing pitcher – Jada Yeo, with relief help from Allee Ryan.
Top batters for the Ravens – Sarah Henderson (2-2, walk), Allee Ryan (1-3), Emily Brothers (1-3), Danielle Collings (1-3), Ashley MacBain (1-3).