Terminators catcher Taylor Allen runs to first base while a high throw from Aces pitcher Macie Kuppenbender pulls Morgan Ripplinger off the bag. JAMIE HARKINS LSS PHOTO
The Smitty’s Terminators have given notice that their hitters are not to be trifled with.
The Manitoba-based Terminators mercied the Prince Albert Aces 22-1 in three innings at the under-18 Women’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships at Legion Ball Park on Tuesday.
Terminators designated hitter Jayde Gryba and catcher Taylor Allen got things started in the top of the first inning with an RBI double and run-scoring single, respectively, before the remainder of the lineup opened the floodgates in the second.
“Hitting is contagious on our team,” said Jayde. “Once someone starts the rally, it just keeps rolling.”
The Terminators’ Jaime Oldum, Allen, Kori Gryba, and her twin sister Jayde notched three RBI against the Aces.
Allen noted everyone on their roster comes into a game with the mindset that any team can surprise another with their bats, so their plan is to strike quickly.
“Hitting is one of our main focuses,” added Allen. “We did a lot of it over the winter. We did a lot of it the week coming up to this. We did batting in the morning for probably a good hour and a half for each person, and then we would work on defence that night.”
The two Gryba sisters are the only returnees to the Terminators from last year’s squad that won a U18 Women’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships bronze medal in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
She said winning the medal was an incredible experience and the hope is to recreate it this weekend.
“We worked all year and that has been the goal all along,” said Jayde. “But, we’ve seen some of the teams here and we know they can bring their A game. We just need to rise to the challenge and see how we can battle against these girls.”