Rain halts strong weekend of ball from Hustlers

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Local women's fastball tournament unable to crown a winner

The Moose Jaw Hustlers had a strong weekend of fastball.

Rachelle Grado from the Hustlers makes contact with a pitch in this file photo.

The only downside was that the weather didn't allow them to finish the weekend on the diamond.

The Hustlers were unbeaten in their round robin pool before the Moose Jaw Senior Women's Fastball Tournament was cancelled due to rain on Sunday before the medal round could take place.

"We were down in both games and ended up coming back and winning them. That's a good sign for our team," said Sheri Logan from the Hustlers. "We had a bit of a slow start in the league, but we really started to turn things around in the tournament. Both games were really quite good."

Friday the Hustlers beat the Regina Impact 8-7 before beating the Moosomin Predators 9-8 Saturday.

Logan is in the rare position of playing with her daughter Taylor. 

"It's really exciting. I know I'm loving it and I think she's enjoying it so far," said Logan. 

The younger Logan is joined by Taylor Phillips and Janelle Acott to form a trio of talented 19-year-old rookies on the team.

"The three young girls that are playing with us are really good ball players. Hopefully that will only help our team," said Logan. "They can all play pretty much anywhere. Taylor (Phillips) is a pitcher and (Taylor Logan) and Janelle can both catch. They can all play in the infield and in the outfield. We can fit them anywhere we need to. It's nice to have that flexibility."

So far the generation gap in the Hustlers lineup hasn't hurt them any early in the season.

"It's a wide variety of ages, but it seems to be a good fit so far and it's working well," said Logan.

The Moose Jaw Heat were second in their pool following their 8-1 win over the Cote Blue Jays.

The Moose Jaw Slammers beat the Saskatoon Renegades 6-2 to finish second in Pool C. Park Hotel Colts lost 9-2 to the Southeast Steelers to finish third in Pool C after they beat the Slammers 5-0 Friday.  

The Colts beat the Cote Blue Jays 10-1 in a steady rain Saturday afternoon in their consolation semifinal. It was the last round of games that the tournament played. 

An attempt was made to get the diamonds playable on Sunday morning, but the tournament had to be called.

Hustlers 9 Predators 8

It took one big inning for the Hustlers do most of their damage.

The Hustlers scored seven runs in the the third inning to erase a 4-0 deficit. 

Jana Gallant and Taylor Phillips drove in two runs each in consecutive at-bats to key the rally.

Taylor Logan had a single and a double and two RBI. Nicole Ansell was 2-for-3 with an RBI single.

Gallant also earned the win as the Hustlers pitcher.

In the bottom of the seventh, the first two Predators batters reached base and scored to make things interesting. After a sacrifice bunt, Gallant got a ground out and earned her fifth strike out of the night to end the game.

Heat 8 Blue Jays 1

Kim Michelson drove in three runs in the second inning as the Heat put five runs on the board to break a 1-1 tie.

The Heat hit five consecutive singles to set the table for Michelson. Amanda Muhlig and Amber Corstley also drove in runs in the second.

Bernie Meegan was 2-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI.

Kristen Gomersall earned the win and Megan Binner came in to pitch and close out the game.

Slammers 6 Renegades 2

Krissy Coupland retired the first 11 batters she faced and struck out nine as pitched a two-hit gem against the Renegades.

The Slammers got her plenty of early run support as they scored four runs in the first inning.

Stacey Fowlie hit an RBI triple in the first inning and ripped a two-run double in the second. 

Coupland also singled and scored twice.

The Renegades were trailing 6-0 with one out in the second inning when Sara Dycer came in to pitch. Dycer quietted the Slammers sticks and retired the last 14 Slammers batters in order and struck out nine batters in 4 2/3 innings.

Colts 10 Blue Jays 1

The Colts scored six runs in the first inning to take control of the game early.

Keri Merkel and Melanie Hopkinson were each 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a double. Caralie Wait was also 2-for-3 and she drove in two runs and scored once. 

Nicole Whitehead drove in three runs and Ali Gallagher drove in a pair of runs as the Colts collected 10 hits in four innings.

Kim Neithercut allowed a run, but struck out seven as she earned the win.

Steelers 9 Colts 2

The Steelers scored three runs in the first inning and would never trail. 

The Colts scored twice in the second inning to cut the lead to 3-2, but would get no closer.

The Colts committed five errors which didn't help their cause against a potent Steelers attack.

Jana Simpson led the way for the Colts. She was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Jocelyn Wigmore drove in the other Colts run. Merkel also hit a double for the Colts.

 

Organizations: Blue Jays, Moose Jaw Senior Women, Steelers Renegades

Geographic location: Southeast Steelers

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