by Head Coach Jeff Myatt
The Saugeen Golf Club U13 PWSA Sting travelled to the Halton Hills this past weekend where they competed in the 25th Annual May Classic Spring Tournament.
Photos by Katie Myatt
Pool play began on Friday evening with the Sting facing the host team in the Halton Hawks. After Halton jumped out to an early lead in the 2nd inning after scoring 7 runs to take an early lead 7-1, the Sting began a trend that lasted the entire tournament, that being one of resilience, as they pecked away at the Hawks lead inning after inning scoring that concluded in a walk off victory when Penelope Martin crossed the plate in the bottom of the last inning to secure the 10-9 win. The pitching group of Elliana Cameron, Brooke Lamont, Peyton Myatt and Janey Harris struck out 10 over 5 innings of work while Maelle Wiles lead the offence with a Triple, while Myatt, Martin, Lamont, Madeline Thede and Amelia Steele pitched in with a one hit each.
Game 3 saw Saugeen face the Vaughan U13 Senior Vikings. A team know for their timely bats and fire hall pitchers. As the final game of pool play that would lead to the seeding for the remainder of the tournament, Saugeen again turned to their team of 4 pitchers on the mound but got a taste of what top of Ontario hitting looked like when Vaughan chalked up 15 hits in a 20-1 Loss for the Sting. The ladies were only able to muster up 1 hit, but it was an absolute bomb, when Claire Parker hit a Solo Home Run to Right Field. With the loss, Saugeen finished 1 and 2, sending them to Pool B.
Saturday evening saw the Sting take on the Cambridge Coyotes in an opportunity to move forward to play in the Sunday Morning Semi Final on the line. Elliana Cameron took the reigns on the mound pitching a complete game 1 hitter striking out 2 while leaning on the Stings outstanding Defense in a great bounce back 16-0 victory. Offensively Saugeen was lead by a home run from Maelle Wiles, and doubles by Amelia Steele and Claire Parker. On the base paths, Gwen Doherty stole two bases in the win. The blowout win sent Saugeen to the Medal Round play in game Sunday at 830am to face the Mississauga North Tigers.
After playing 3 games Saturday, the ladies began Sunday knowing that they could play 3 more games in the heat if they wanted to bring home a medal, and resiliency continued to be the common thread throughout the day. The first game of the day saw Sting take on the Tigers in an absolute barnburner with the losers going home and the winners moving on to the medal round. After trading leads throughout the game, Saugeen faced a one run deficit heading into the bottom of the final inning when Madeline Thede knocked in the winning run with a single to left field scoring Maelle Wiles from 3rd to walk off the Tigers 15-14 showing the girls are never out of any game that they play with their 4th walk off win of the season. Saugeen had their sticks going with 13 hits in the game lead by Brooke Lamont, Amelia Steele, Wiles and Thede all who had 2 hits each. Ellliana Cameron and Peyton Myatt worked in tandem to secure the win striking out 9 combined. With the win Saugeen secured at least a Bronze while improving their weekend record to 3 wins and 2 losses.
Up next for the Sting was the powerful Brampton Senior Blazers, a team that Saugeen lost to 7-6 in the semi finals just two weeks ago at the Blazers Blast tournament. The duo of Cameron and Myatt once again took the mound with the chance to move onto the Gold Medal game on the line. The two combined for 10 strike outs while giving up 10 hits. On the bats, Saugeens fire power was in full view lead by a home run, double and single from Claire Parker, a triple and two singles from Brooke Lamont, a double from Madeline Thede, two hits from both Olivia Clark and Chloe McKinnon and a single from Lane Topham. The seven inning game saw the Sting take an early lead after four at bats leading 7-1 when Brampton decided to make it a game scoring 5 in the bottom of the 4th to make it 7-6. After both teams failed to score in the 5th, Saugeen poured in 6 runs in the 6th and and 5 runs in the 7th to secure a whopping 18-9 victory in a 2 hour and 45 minute marathon sending the Sting to their first Gold Medal game of the year.
As the Sting headed into the final game of the weekend, to play for Gold the girls dug deep into the tanks to play their 7th game in 48 hours. The Aurora Diggers came in fresh after receiving a direct bye to the finals after their win over Brampton on Saturday evening, and came out swinging taking an early 6-0 lead after 2 innings. The Sting struck back in the 3rd with 2 runs to keep the Diggers within reach with hits from Penelope Martin, Madeline These, Olivia Clark, Chloe McKinnin, and Brooke Lamont. But after Aurora poured in 5 more runs in the bottom of the 4th, the Stings tanks had run empty after a long weekend of ball as the final score ended in an 11-2 victory for the Diggers giving Saugeen a Silver Medal for their valiant efforts.
The Sting is next in action at their home tournament, the Battle at the Beach in two weeks time at the Lamont Sports Park where 12 teams from around the province will compete! Drop out to watch some outstanding ball June 9-11th to see teams from as far as Oshawa and Windsor compete for the Battle at the Beach Title!