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2012 Women's Invitational ChampionshipsJul 25-28   Spruce Grove, Alberta

Senior Women: Ontario claims gold medal
July 28, 2012

At Spruce Grove, Ontario starter Kate Psota (Burlington, ON) was dominant on the mound allowing only three hits and her offence exploded for eight runs in the sixth as Ontario downed BC 11-0 to win the Senior Women Invitational.

Jennifer Gilroy’s (Mississauga, ON) RBI single in the top of the first proved to be all Ontario needed on offence. Ontario scored a run in each of the third and fourth innings with both coming off a fielder’s choice before they scored eight times in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Psota was also a key factor offensively going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Gilroy added another RBI, while Ashley Stephenson (Oakville, ON) walked four times, scored three runs and had one RBI.

Earlier in the day Ontario defeated Québec in the semi-finals when Kathryn Kennaley’s (Burlington, ON) sac-fly in the bottom of the eighth scored Psota from third base with the winning run. Autumn Mills (Toronto, ON) tossed all eight innings on the mound to record the win as she scattered ten hits, walked three and struck out four. Québec’s Jessica Bérubé (Charlesbourg, QC) fanned six batters in five innings, while Rosie Lyard (Beaupré, QC) and Amélie Julien (Québec, QC) had three hits each.

In the bronze medal game, hometown favourite Alberta proved to be too much for Québec as they cruised to a 7-1 victory. Samantha Ostrom (Calgary, AB) threw 3 2/3 innings and only gave up one run to get the win, while Bradi Wall (Swift Current, SK) had a single and three RBIs and Carmen Agar (Emerald Park, SK) had an RBI double in the seventh.

Alberta had a 2-0 lead before scoring three times in the fourth and another two in the seventh.

Earlier this morning BC defeated Alberta in the first semi-final by a score of 3-0. Daniella Matteucci (Fruitvale, BC) was the story of the game as she turned in a complete-game effort on the mound giving up eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven to get the shutout win. Katelyn Bedwell (Surrey, BC) had an RBI single and Nikki Boyd (Surrey, BC) hit a sacrifice-fly to highlight a two-run second inning for BC.

The tournament also handed out some awards as Québec’s Stéphanie Savoie (Québec, QC) took home the top catcher award, top hitter honours went to Alberta’s Bradi Wall and the top defensive player went to BC’s Nikki Boyd.