Winnipeg scores two late runs to edge Reds at softball nationals

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In gold-medal game of Co-op Division

SASKATOON – The P.E.I. Scotiabank Reds are returning home with a silver medal.

The Winnipeg Smittys 96 scored two late runs to defeat the Reds 5-3 in the gold-medal game of the Co-op Division playoff round at the Softball Canada national under-18 female championship. The Co-op Division featured teams placing 16th and lower after round-robin play in the 22-team tournament.

The Reds, who posted a 1-3 (won-lost) record in the round robin, went into the final with a 3-0 playoff resumé.

Winnipeg jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Reds battled back to tie the game, scoring a single run in the first and two more in the second. Winnipeg, which outhit the Reds 10-5, pushed what proved to be the winning run across home plate in the fifth inning, and added an insurance marker in the seventh.

Five different players – Jada Yeo, Emily Cairns, Rebecca Palmer, Sarah Woodside and Jacinda Costello – recorded hits for P.E.I.

Alyssa Fleming tossed a complete game for the Reds, giving up two walks and striking out two.

Organizations: Reds, Softball Canada

Geographic location: Winnipeg

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