The Colts drew first blood.
© Katie Brickman
Jana Simpson of the Colts is called safe at second base after stealing and sliding past the tag of Hustlers shortstop Nicole Ansell during Game 1 of the Senior Ladies Fastball championship series on Monday evening at Caribou Heights. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
After scoring a couple runs in the first inning, the Colts added to their lead in the third and held on to win 4-1 over the Hustlers in Game 1 of the Senior Ladies Fastball championship final series.
“We started off with getting some runs early, which was good because we didn’t get that many throughout the game,” said Sandi Gray of the Colts. “It was nice to start off with some runs right away, but it would have been nice to get a couple more.”
It wasn’t a game with a lot of hits from either team, as they combined for nine in the game.
The Hustlers had five hits, but got their lone run in the seventh inning.
“That’s just what it was … the bats,” said Nicole Ansell of the Hustlers. “We were happy with the way our defence was playing and happy with the way Philly (Taylor Phillips) pitched, but we came up a little short with our bats.”
The Hustlers do believe that getting on the bats quicker will be the difference maker for them to pull ahead in the series.
“We are confident with our defence and we are really happy with the way our pitchers have been pitching all year,” said Ansell. “For us, it is all going to be decided at the plate.”
Gray had a decent night on the mound for the Colts, going six innings, giving up one run on four hits, walking two and striking out two.
“Pitching will be the difference (for us),” Gray said.
Despite going through some difficult times personally, Gray was able to use the game as an outlet.
“My son is in the hospital, so I am extremely exhausted,” she said. “Coming to the diamond relieves a little bit from my head. It is nice to get out and have a bit of a normal life as well.”
Phillips went six innings, giving up four runs on four hits, walked six and struck out six in the loss.
Ansell does believe that both these teams are quite equal and could go to the full five games in the series. However, in order for that to happen, the Hustlers will look to rebound tonight (6:30 p.m., Caribou Heights) for Game 2.
“I think we will come back a little hungrier than we came Monday night,” she said. “Maybe that will make the difference when we are at the plate.”