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University of Regina Cougars left fielder Destiny Kaus heads to third base following a teammate's base hit in the 1st inning of a softball game at Optimist Diamonds on Friday evening. The Cougars deposed of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Trojans 8-0. Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
The University of Regina Cougars softball team could have fielded two teams on Friday night.
The Cougars took to the field with over 20 players at the Optimist Diamonds for their game versus the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Trojans. The Western Collegiate Softball Association battle was anything but a battle. The Cougars rolled over the Trojans to the tune of 8-0 in front of a host of boisterous fans.
The game ended by way of a mercy rule after just four-and-a-half innings.
“Our starting pitcher, Sarah Campbell, pitched a very solid game,” said Cougars assistant coach Ian Boire. Campbell pitched four scoreless innings on Friday night, shutting down the Trojans hitters with relative ease. And it didn’t hurt that the defence behind her was very stout.
“We were very solid on defence and our bats were working,” stated Boire. “It just all came together for us.”
First baseman Brittany Hewlko and designated hitter Shania Meyer played a vital roll in the Cougars’ offensive output.
Hewlko had a couple of big hits and Meyer played a key roll in executing the Cougars’ small ball strategy.
“(Meyer’s) bunting was right on today. Her bunting really added to the game,” said Boire.
Friday’s game was in fact the first time the Cougars have ever played a home game outside of Regina. It’s something Boire said they have wanted to do for some time.
Caronport’s Destiny Kaus, who played her minor league softball in Moose Jaw, said shortly before the game started that she was nervous about getting a chance to play a meanigful university game in the Friendly City.
“I just don’t want to suck,” said Kaus, laughing.
The Cougars return to the ball diamond Saturday afternoon in Regina against North Dakota’s Dawson College.
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