The Saskatoon Tigers rolled undefeated through a three-day tournament in Warman to capture the provincial Women’s Senior C fastball championship last weekend.
But it wasn’t easy.
The Tigers faced their toughest challenge in the semi-final on Sunday, July 30, when they squared off against the defending 2016 champions, the Saskatoon Grizzlies. With the game tied 2-2, the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on to punch their ticket to the final.
The Tigers went on to cruise to a 6-0 win over the Saskatoon Connextion in the championship game.
“The girls played well,” said Tigers coach James Southam. “They seemed to get better every game. It was nice to watch, and I’m very proud of them.
“The toughest contest was definitely the semi-final against the Grizzlies. We had our best defensive game of the season against them, and if we hadn’t done that we would have lost for sure. Give the Grizzlies credit, they’re a good team.” Continue reading “Saskatoon Tigers capture Women’s Senior C fastball crown”→
The Saskatoon Grizzlies, coached by Warman’s Roy Bedient, captured the provincial Senior C Women’s softball crown with an exciting 6-5 victory over Saskatoon Mystic in the championship game played at Bob Van Impe Field in Saskatoon on Sunday, July 24.
The game, aptly described by one of the parents as “a real nail biter,” featured the top seeds from round robin play on Friday and Saturday.
After a close 12-11 loss to the Moose Jaw Heat in the early going, the Saskatoon Grizzlies rebounded to claim the number 1 seed in the green pool with victories over the Saskatoon Lunar Eclipse (12-5), Sask Connextion (8-5), and Whitewood Ravens (18-4). In White pool play the Saskatoon Mystics went undefeated, with victories over the Saskatoon Fury (8-3), Ceylon (13-1), Spitfires (12-5), and Saskatoon Solar Eclipse (5-3).
In their semi-final game the Grizzlies played the Saskatoon Fury. The Grizzlies saw an early 7-2 lead evaporate and found themselves down 8-7 after the Fury scored six runs in the 4th inning.
The Grizzlies had a quick bounce-back, scoring three runs in their half of the inning and added two more in the sixth. They then shut down a late rally by the Fury to advance to the championship game with a 12-10 victory. The Mystics had defeated the Saskatoon Lunar Eclipse in their semi-final game to advance.
The Grizzlies struck first as Katelyn Procyshyn was able to score after leading off the game with a triple. She also contributed three RBIs when she hit another triple in the second as the Grizzlies scored three in that inning.
The Mystics tied the game up as Kendra Ganchar scored in the second inning and Deanna Tworoik, Jeni Creary and Kendra Ganchar scored in the third. The Mystics took the lead with a single run in the sixth.
In the seventh Mystics pitcher Heather Jebson was able to get two outs.
Then came THE HIT.
It was a moment that every athlete dreams of, when the years of practice and preparation mean you are ready to make the decisive play that wins a championship.
That moment came for Saskatoon Grizzlies Shortstop Katelyn Procyshyn as she came to bat in the seventh inning with two outs and the tying run on first base. She had hit two triples in the game and bettered that with a solid line drive into left field that eluded the fielder. That not only scored pinch runner Brittany Schell, but also allowed the speedy shortstop to circle the bases and slide into home ahead of the throw, giving her team the lead. The Grizzlies looked like they had an opportunity to blow the game open as the next two batters , Janelle Peet and Lauren Ethier, were on base when Kelly Bedient hit a screamer to right field, only to have it land just foul.
The Mystics were able to get the third out, and having last bat, looked to pull out their own dramatic finish.
But the Grizzlies were having none of that as pitcher Jessica Niekamp looked to shut down the Mystics batters.
Procyshyn scooped up a ground ball and flipped the ball to second base for the first out. Janelle Peet caught a flyball in left field for out number two, and Lauren Ethier got the third out, tracking down a fly ball in shallow centerfield to give the Grizzlies a hard-earned and well-deserved championship.
Coach Roy Bedient was very proud of his team’s performance. “There is no quit in these girls,” he said.