Nicole Allport hits a single for the Colts. Matthew Gourlie photograph.
As they’ve done all season, the Park Hotel Colts found a way to win Thursday night.
The Colts broke a 1-1 tie the fifth inning and held off the KCS Marketing Slammers for a 4-1 victory that earned them the Moose Jaw Senior Women’s Fastball League title.
“It was tense. They put pressure on the whole game,” said Colts outfielder Nicole Allport. “It could have gone either way really.”
The Colts only lost one league game all season as they beat the Slammers three games to one in the final.
“This never gets old. We appreciate it every year and we never take it for granted,” said Colts shortstop Jody Brown.
“It was an intense game. Both teams were really intense and I think that makes for some great ball.”
After losing Game 2 3-2 to the Slammers, the Colts rebounded with a fantastic Game 4 effort as Kim Neithercut’s no-hitter paced the Colts to a 7-0 victory.
The Colts carried that momentum forward as Brown singled and was driven home by a Jasmine Jackman double off the fence in the first inning.
The Slammers came out hungry in the bottom of the first. Penny Barker hit a lead-off single and Kryssi Coupland and Kady Hawkins both hit bunt singles to load the bases with none out. The Colts got out of the jam unscathed.
The Slammers tied the game in the second as Kendra Doerkson singled and was eventually driven in by Barker.
The Colts broke the deadlock in the fifth when Allport lead off with a single that she stretched into a double with some aggressive base-running. Brown followed and drove in Allport, but was thrown out at second trying to do the same.
The Colts added to their lead when Neithercut reached on an error and stole second. Deleigh Lacelle reached on an error and that allowed Neithercut to score. Jocelyn Wigmore came in to pinch run and after Sandi Gray singled, Allport drove Wigmore in.
While the league season is over, some of the best women’s fastball players in the city will come together to defend their Western Canadian Masters title starting Aug. 6 in Moose Jaw. The men’s masters will begin Thursday, Aug. 5.
For more please see Friday’s Times-Herald.