The Richmond Islanders 2000 showcase the Confederation Cup medals they captured at the U18 Women’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships on Sunday. JAMIE HARKINS LSS PHOTO
The Richmond Islanders 2000 weathered the storm against the Mississauga S.W. Hurricanes to win the under-18 Women’s Canadian Fast Pitch Championships consolation final.
The Islanders survived two innings of one-out bases-loaded ball to beat the Hurricanes 7-0 and capture the Confederation Cup at Legion Ball Park on Sunday afternoon.
Islanders pitcher Izzy Dino threw her way out of the initial jam by striking out Hurricanes’ Ellen Marcimak and Sydney Benn in the first inning, before notching three more strikes on Benn, and inducing K.C. Kehn into a groundout in the third frame to stop the subsequent threat.
Dino said a strong drop-ball and curveball coupled with a better focus on just getting the next batter out helped her make it through those innings.
Islanders third baseman Emilie Sherritt added a confident attitude and never giving up also played a part.
“I think execution was our biggest problem, for sure,” said Marcimak, first baseman for the Hurricanes.
“We had our opportunities and we had trouble cashing those runs in.”
Sherritt got the Islanders on the board in the bottom of the first inning on a single to left field followed by a steal of second and third base, before a passed ball allowed her to cross home plate.
The Islanders third baseman then hit a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the second inning to bring the score to 4-0 with a hit to shallow right field by Maggie Lawson in the next at-bat, once again allowing her to score.
Lawson picked up an RBI on the Islanders next run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth inning to plate Brooke Stoilen.
An infield single to short by Caley Dunlop that brought home Caitlin Redmond in the following at-bat completed the scoring.
Marcimak said they lost 6-3 to the Islanders late Saturday night, only to fight back for a 4-3 win against the Quebec Rebelles early Sunday morning to earn a spot in the Confederation Cup.
She said the tough schedule stretched throughout the tournament and their ability to bounce back in each game to make it to the final proves how well they played.
“We came back and fought,” said Marcimak. “Every single one of our games was a hard-fought game. I’m really proud of my girls for making it to this part of the tournament. Even though it wasn’t ‘A’ pool, it still means a lot to be with them.”