Colts and Hustlers open the playoffs with wins

Matthew Gourlie
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The playoffs are a new season, but the Colts picked up where they left off Tuesday night.

Kim Neithercut singles for the Colts Tuesday in Moose Jaw Senior Women's Fastball League playoff action.

The Colts put together a strong performance in an 8-1 win over the Slammers to win Game 1 of their best-of-three Moose Jaw Senior Women's Fastball League semifinal series.

In the other series opener, the Hustlers beat the Heat 6-3.

The Colts had an 11-3 record during the regular season, but the experienced team knows not to take anything for granted in the post-season.

"Everybody comes to play in the playoffs. There have been many upsets before and I know we finished in first, but it doesn't guarantee us anything. We have to work hard to win if we want to play next week," said Kim Neithercut from the Colts.

Game 2 in both series take place tonight. The Colts and Slammers play at 6:30 p.m. and the Hustlers and Heat will meet at 8:30 p.m.

Colts 8 Slammers 1

The Colts got off to a fast start as they scored four runs in the first inning. All four of the runs that came in to score reached base thanks to a walk.

"They started off by walking a few of us and we capitalized in those walks in the first couple of innings," said Neithercut. "That's our goal: to get some early runs and get a lead and go from there."

One run was walked in, but Caralie Wait hit a two-run single and Nicole Whitehead also had an RBI single. The Colts added three more runs in the second inning as Neithercut doubled and Jasmine Jackman singled.

Neithercut finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Stacy Fowlie was 2-for-2 at the plate for the Slammers.

Fowlie drove in the Slammers only run when she drove in Kryssi Coupland who had hit a lead-off single in the fourth inning.

Neithercut pitched three innings and only allowed one hit to earn the win. Though they held the Slammers to four hits, the Colts know they're capable of putting runs on the board.

"They still have lots of strong bats," said Neithercut. "Penny (Barker) is still there…They have some girls who are new to the league, but it just takes a few hits and it's a new ball game."

The Colts only had six hits, but were able to get a lot of runners on base. Neithercut said they would like to see a few more solid hits in Game 2, but she was happy with their approaches at the plate. They forced starting pitched Dianna Houle to throw a lot of pitches in the first inning as they not only earned some walks, but also fouled off a number of pitches.

Hustlers 6 Heat 3

The Heat opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, but the Hustlers scored in each of the next three innings to build a 5-1 lead.

Amanda Leik was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run for the Hustlers. Sheri Logan was 2-for-4 with a run, a RBI and a stolen base in the win.

Kimberly Michelson was 3-for-4 to lead the Heat at the plate and Amanda Muhlig scored twice from the lead-off position for the Heat. Terri Chowdhury also drove in a run, but took the loss as the Heat's starting pitcher.

Taylor Phillips allowed six hits and three runs over her six innings of work for the Hustlers. She struck out five batters to earn the win. Jana Gallant came in and retired the Heat in order — striking out a pair — to pick up the save.


Organizations: Fastball League

Geographic location: Kryssi Coupland

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