First-year U10 Bats claim provincial silver

Nov 12, 2016 4:52 PM
Steve LeBlanc

Article from the Canadian Champion:

Talk about getting things off on the right foot.

Exceeding all expectations in their inaugural year, the Milton Girls Softball Association’s Under-10 rep fastball team captured the silver medal at the Ontario Provincial Grand Championships in LaSalle.

Only the host Athletics could halt the Bats’ title drive, toppling them 8-4 in the final Sunday.

Milton — toppled 11-3 by LaSalle in earlier in the double-knockout elimination portion of the tournament — outhit the Athletics with gold on the line and held an early 2-1 lead before finally being vanquished.

“At the beginning of the season, we were really just hoping to hang in there as a .500 team,” said manager Damon Smith. “So ending up as the number two team in the province is well beyond expectations.”

Added coach Scott Williams, “The silver medal really is a testament to how hard these girls worked all year. They listened, they learned, and they put it all together when it mattered most.”

Milton highlighted the weekend with a 1-0 semifinal nail-biter over the Aurora Diggers. Olivia Camara and Grace Smith pushed across the only run in the first inning, and from there the Bats’ pitchers combined for a no-hitter.

That featured a three-inning, eight strikeout gem by ace hurler Rebecca Moores.

An overall 7-2 tournament run was sparked offensively by captain and leadoff hitter Megan Williams, who finished with a .524 batting average, with seven RBI and 13 stolen bases.

Other standouts at the plate were Smith (.500, two doubles, triple, seven RBI), Amy Reyes (.368, two homeruns, 10 RBI), Abby Findlay (two homeruns, eight RBI) and Mackenzie McDonald (.389, one homerun, six RBI).

Making a strong case for being considered the top U10 pitcher in Ontario, Moores started seven games and amassed 51 strikeouts while allowing a measly six hits over 19 and two-third innings.

Along with her offensive efforts, Smith picked up two saves and blanked the competition in seven relief appearances.

Named Milton’s MVP in the championship, Williams was quick to redirect praise to her teammates — in particular her battery-mate.

“The silver medal is more important because it’s for the team, but it was nice to get the award. Rebecca could have won it. She carried us all weekend and all season with her pitching. Or Grace, or Amy. Anyone really. Everyone on the team contributed. We all worked hard.”

Finishing the year at 45-10, the Bats outscored the opposition 44-3 in the provincials’ pool play before their run to the final.

Making up the rest of the silver medalists and making key contributions at the Ontario championships were Marissa Riley, Sarah Leake, Avery Ellis, Abbie Williams and Victoria Pynn.

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