MONCTON, N.B. – The P.E.I. RE/MAX Ravens won the Henry Kelly Memorial softball tournament in dominating fashion here recently.
The provincial under-16 girls’ team, coached by Mark Quinn, Charley Johnston and Dan Cox, went undefeated and outscored its opposition 54-5. The Ravens’ pitching staff scattered nine hits over five games while registering 36 strikeouts.
The Ravens capped off the perfect showing with convincing back-to-back playoff wins over Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore Gold Diggers.
The Ravens won the first matchup 11-0 in a game featuring a head-to-head meeting between the top teams in each pool, with an automatic berth in the final at stake.
That meant the Gold Diggers had to play a semifinal game against the P.E.I. under-14 team. Eastern Shore pulled out a close victory (score unavailable) to set up a rematch against the Ravens in the final.
The Ravens received a total team effort in a 9-2 win.
Emily Brothers, one of three returning players to the provincial team, earned the pitching win in the championship game, scattering three hits and striking out five.
As in the previous matchup, a few key defensive plays at crucial moments of the game played a significant role for the Ravens. Dianna McKenna and Ashley MacBain made plays at third base and shortstop in order to close out innings with runners on base. Offensively, Sarah Henderson went 3-for-3, including a triple, to lead the way.
Brothers, MacBain and Danielle Collings all had 2-for-3 performances. Brianna Arsenault contributed a monster home run, and Allee Ryan batted 1-for-2.
First playoff game
In the playoff opener, the Ravens sent Maddy Delodder to the mound for her second game of the tournament, and she responded by allowing just a single hit over seven innings of work.
Defensively, the Ravens played a solid game with a number of players contributing in the field. MacBain, Ryan, Lexy Mooney, Mackenzie Koughan and Vanessa Rennie were instrumental in preserving the shutout.
The Ravens opened the tournament with an 8-3 win over the host Moncton Rebels.
Brothers twirled a two-hit gem that included a 14-strikeout performance.
Rennie, Koughan and Sarah Murphy all went 1-for-3 to lead the Ravens’ attack.
Delodder tossed a no-hitter and struck out eight in the Ravens’ 11-0 blanking of Chaleur, N.B.
Brothers (2-3), Rennie (2-3) and Arsenault (1-1, two walks) were tops at the dish for the Ravens. Koughan, Dianna McKenna, Lacey Rogers and Emma Ellsworth all chipped in with single hits.
Back-to-back triples by Arsenault and Collings helped lead the Ravens to a 17-0 win over Nova Scotia’s Cole Harbour Comets in the round-robin finale.
Ryan took to the mound, and the young hurler didn’t disappoint as she held the Comets to three hits over five innings of work while recording eight strikeouts.
Top batters for the Ravens were Collings (3-3), Ryan (3-4), Arsenault (3-4), Koughan (3-4) and Rennie (3-4).
The Ravens’ next action will be an exhibition tripleheader against the Nova Scotia under-16 team in Nova Scotia on June 1. The Ravens next play at home against the P.E.I. under-14 and under-18 provincial teams on June 8.