Drop gold-medal game of Co-op Division
SASKATOON – Head coach Jeff Ellsworth acknowledges the P.E.I. Scotiabank Reds were disappointed following their final game at the Softball Canada national under-18 female championship.
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The P.E.I. Scotiabank Reds.
The Winnipeg Smittys 96 team defeated the Reds 5-3 in the gold-medal game of the Co-op Division on Saturday night, but Ellsworth insists they have nothing to be disappointed about.
“Any time you come home from a national championship with a 4-4 (won-lost) record, you’ve done something right,” assessed Ellsworth.
The gold-medal game was the third meeting between the Reds and Winnipeg at the national championship, and P.E.I. won the other two.
The Co-op Division featured teams ranked 17 to 22 at the end of round robin play. The Reds went 1-3, and then posted a 3-0 record in the playoff round before running up against a regrouped Manitoba team.
The adjustments Winnipeg made paid off as they limited the Reds to just five hits in the final. They came off the bats of Jada Yeo, Emily Cairns, Rebecca Palmer, Sarah Woodside and Jacinda Costello. Yeo, Cairns and Clara Jane Wood scored P.E.I.’s runs.
Alyssa Fleming tossed a complete game for the Reds, giving up two walks and striking out two. She gave up three earned runs on 10 Winnipeg hits.
“Any time you come home from a national championship with a 4-4 (won-lost) record, you’ve done something right." Reds head coach Jeff Ellsworth
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 third. Winnipeg pushed what proved to be the winning run across home plate in the fifth inning, and added an insurance marker in the seventh.
The fourth inning run was controversial in that the Reds believed they got the third out at first on a bang-bang play, but the batter was declared safe and a runner scored from third.
The Reds had their leadoff batter reach first to start the bottom of the seventh inning, but couldn’t cut into Winnipeg’s two-run lead.
Ellsworth said he was “extremely proud” of his team on the way they played, noting there seemed to be a different girl stepping up with the big hit at the right time in every game.