Brock Softball open season with four wins in six games

Madi Clinton makes impact on pitch/GoBadgers

This past weekend, the Women’s Softball team was extremely busy as they played a total of three double headers in the span of three days. Although the Badgers had barely any time to recover from previous games, they didn’t allow for that to affect their game as the women opened up their 2016 Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Association (OIWFA) regular season with a 4-2 record. In total, the Badgers swept the doubleheader against the Laurier Golden Hawks and split with both the Toronto Varsity Blues and Waterloo Warriors. The Badgers now rank fourth in the OIWFA league.

The Badgers opened up their long journey at Lancaster Park as the Badgers went head-to-head against the Varsity Blues in which they split their doubleheader, resulting in the first game to be a loss for the Badgers by a score of 4-1, while regaining strength and defeating the Varsity Blues in game two by a score of 5-3.

During the first game, Badger pitcher Kelsey Hanly started off slow as four runs on six hits were collected by the Varsity Blues, while Hanly was able to only strike out one. In hopes to change the pace of the game, second pitcher Lena MacDonald was entered into the game. MacDonald was able to turn things around a bit as she managed to throw four shutout innings while giving up just one hit and fanning three.

Scorers for the Badgers were players Madi Clinton, Shannon McGinnis and Paige Sharp. Each player was able to add one hit for the loss.

Going into game two, the womens team was determined to walk away with at least one win during the two game match. To start the game, Cambridge native Shayla Martin was selected to pitch for the Badgers.

Over the span of three innings, Martin allowed three runs on five hits so the Badgers decided to relive Martin and bring in Larissa Rowdon. Rowden was able to swing the momentum of the game and led the Badgers to victory as she threw for four scoreless innings while allowing three runs and striking out two.

Offensively, the Badgers were led by Laine Padovan, Lexi Hext and Sharp as each player was able to score two runs each.

The following day the Badgers headed back to Lancaster Park as they took on the Laurier Golden Hawks. Against the Golden Hawks the Badgers were able to sweep the series as they won each game by a score of 5-4 and 2-1.

In game one, Hanly saw a different outcome from the previous game as she started for the Badgers and went the distance over seven innings of work. She allowed only four runs on 13 hits while striking out three Golden Hawks.

In terms of offense, key players throughout the game were Shayla Martin as she went 2-4 while highlighting the game winning runs batted in in the bottom of the seventh inning. Padovan played a solid game at the plate as she went 3-4 with two RBI. Other players recognized throughout the game were Clinton (3-4, 1 RBI) and Alanah Doyle (3-4, 1 RBI).

In game two versus Laurier, Rowdon was able to pick up her second victory of the season as she played a solid seven innings where she allowed just one run in on four hits while striking out two Golden Hawks.

Leading up to their final match of the weekend, the Badgers took on the Waterloo Warriors this past Sunday in which they split the two-game match up losing 8-5 and then picking up their final win with a score of 6-3.

To start off game one, MacDonald hit the mound as she threw five innings while allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out and walking two. Hanly then stepped into the game to relive MacDonald as she would close out the game allowing two runs on three hits.

Leading the Brock offense in game one were Doyle (2-4, 1 RBI), McGinnis (2-4, 2 RBI) and Rachel Jarvis (2-3, 1 RBI).

In the final game, the Badgers were able to walk away with a win as they defeated the Warriors by a score of 6-3 when Martin played seven innings, giving the Badgers the victory as she allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out three players.

Offensively Clinton led the way going 3-4 with an RBI while Sharp and MacDonald both went 3-4 with two RBI each.

The Badgers next game will be September 15 as they head to Hamilton to take on the McMaster Marauders as they play a doubleheader game starting at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

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