Bats’ U14 selects reign supreme at provincials

Nov 12, 2016 4:55 PM
Milton Bats

Article from The Canadian Champion -

Hectic and prosperous.

That pretty much encapsulates the select U14 Bats’ trip to the provincial championships late last month in St. Catharines.

The Milton novices played four games within a nine-hour span at the sweltering one-day tournament and delivered decisive victories at every turn — clinching the title with a 10-5 win over London West.

The rematch from first-round play saw the Bats lead most of the way, thanks to some stellar defence up the middle from Jaycee Riebot and Mackenzie Bambrough and a balanced attack at the plate.

Emma Trabucco’s three-run double highlighted a productive championship finale, which included RBI hits by Cassidy Warner and Meaghan McDonagh, who made a huge catch in the outfield to end a late rally by London West.

Meghan Duivesteyn earned the win, scattering nine hits over six innings while striking out half-a-dozen batters.

With Trabucco hitting .800 for the weekend and Riebot, Bambrough, Emma LaRouzes and Abbey Downes all coming up big offensively as well, Milton cruised to the final with victories over London West (8-3), St. Catharines (8-1) and Forest Glade (17-7).

Arden Farrell’s two-run triple highlighted the Forest Glade rout, with Trabucco collecting four RBI.

Topnotch pitching was the feature attraction of the first two rounds.

Duivesteyn struck out 10 batters and allowed just one earned run on four hits in the tournament opener, while Katlyn Near got the job done in the next game, recording eight Ks and surrendering just three hits to St. Catharines.

Madison Riley and Abigail Wiliszewski came up with timely hits to help fuel the convincing championship run.

“In 10 years of coaching youth sports, I have never coached a team that has shown so much drive, determination and sportsmanship as these girls did this year. I’n never been so proud,” said head coach Randy Alderton, who led the team alongside assistants Angela Riebot and Rachel Duivesteyn.

With the overall win, the Bats will be bumped up to the C pool next season and have an opportunity to qualify for the national championships.

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