MONTREAL – It was a busy Thursday for the Charlottetown Mariners here at the Softball Canada national junior women’s championship.
With Wednesday’s action rained out, the Mariners had to play four games and went 1-3 (won-lost) in the seven-team tournament featuring players aged under-21.
The Mariners opened with a 14-0 loss to Alberta’s Wildcat Warriors in the morning, and bounced back with a very respectable showing – a 4-0 loss to the host Quebec Rebelles Dagenais – in an afternoon game.
The P.E.I. representative moved into the win column with an 11-4 victory over Quebec Etoiles AA in an early-evening contest, and then closed out the day’s schedule with a 6-1 loss to Ontario’s Mississauga Hurricanes.
The Mariners have little time to rest as they are scheduled to open Friday’s play against the Quebec Rebelles Langlois (3-0) at 10 a.m., Atlantic time. Charlottetown will also play Ontario’s Peterborough Thunder at 4:30 p.m. The Thunder took a 1-1 record into Thursday night’s late game against the Wildcats.
Warriors 14 Mariners 0
Keeley Van Blaricom and Shelby Rowein combined to pitch a no-hitter for the Warriors, who scored five runs in the bottom of the first and nine more in the second frame.
Hilary Pineau took the loss in the game that was called after 4 1/2 innings due to the mercy rule.
Taylor McGonigal batted a perfect 3-for-3 to lead the Warriors’ 11-hit attack.
Dagenais 4 Mariners 0
Kate Cashin provided a solid pitching performance for the Mariners. Cashin pitched a complete game, and her line over seven innings read seven hits, three earned runs, four strikeouts and no walks.
Cashin and Hilary Pineau were the only Mariners to record hits off Laurence Fortin-Haines, who struck out 11 and walked three in the complete-game effort.
The host team opened the scoring with a single run in the top of the second inning, and then added two more runs in the sixth and a single run in the seventh.
Mariners 11 Etoiles 4
The Mariners erupted for six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to turn a 5-4 lead into seven-run victory. The game was called after 5 1/2 innings due to the mercy rule.
Brittany Doucette, Heather Drake and Priscilla Curran all had two hits for the Mariners. Curran and Cashin each drove in three runs while Pineau plated a pair.
Curran worked three innings to earn the pitching win, and Cashin pitched the other two.
Hurricanes 6 Mariners 1
Winning pitcher Claire Johnston limited the Mariners to just three hits while Cashin went the distance for the Mariners, allowing nine hits and one walk. She did not have any strikeouts.
The Hurricanes scored a pair of runs in the first and sixth innings, and counted singles in the third and fifth frames.
The Mariners committed five errors resulting in Mississauga scoring two unearned runs.
Curran (2-3, run batted in) and Drake (1-3) registered hits for the Mariners.