The Colts won back-to-back titles on Thursday night.
© Katie Brickman
Jasmine Jackson of the Colts lays down a bunt in the top of the fourth inning. The Colts scored three runs that inning to open the game up against the Hustlers in Game 4 of the Senior Ladies Fastball championship series. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
In Game 4 of the Senior Ladies Fastball League championship series, the Colts’ bats woke up enough to get a 6-2 victory over the Hustlers.
“It always feels great to get back-to-back titles. Winning never gets old,” said Jasmine Jackman of the Colts. “I think every team gets stronger as the season goes along, but we pulled out our bats, which was nice and we capitalized when we needed to.”
In the seventh inning, the Hustlers scored their second run and were pressuring the Colts, but Ali Gallagher caught a hot line ball at shortstop and she was quick enough to double-off Tanya McLean at first base to end the game.
“That is a heartbreaker, but a great play by them,” said Nicole Ansell of the Hustlers. “There was nothing we could do.”
After Jackman applied the tag on McLean, pitcher Kim Neithercut, who is normally emotionally reserved on the mound, let out a shout and pounded her glove in victory.
“Ali had a nice catch there and back to one,” said Jackman. “It took a little stress off when you can get those kinds of plays at the end.”
Both teams had eight hits on the night, but two errors by the Hustlers was probably the difference maker in this game.
“It is a tough loss. It is never easy to lose, especially coming off a game like Wednesday night,” said Ansell. “We were feeling good, but things just didn’t go our way.”
It was a solid series between these two teams, with only one game that was lopsided. Pitching and defence was the difference in most games.
“It was just a showcase of two teams that are really on the same page and can really play some ball,” said Jackman. “We both fought to the end, but we just were able to pick it up a little bit.”
As much as the loss stings for the Hustlers, they feel like they are closer to being on the other side.
“Overall, we are really happy,” said Ansell. “Our goal was to get here and get to this final and that’s what we did.”
Ansell also believes the teams’ future is bright with a pick up some younger players.
“I think we got three new, young girls that made a tremendous difference on our team,” she said. “Taylor Logan, Janelle Acott and Taylor Phillips … they have brought huge things to this team and I think there is no where to go, but up.”