Saints Down Western For National Title

st clair champion team shot

(OSHAWA, ON) – The St Clair women’s softball team won their first ever National Championship this past weekend in Oshawa defeating the University of Western Ontario 2-1 in dramatic fashion with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 7th inning, Sunday afternoon.

The incredible upset of 4-time defending National Champion Western completes the full set of medals for St Clair at this tournament, which won silver in 2014 and bronze in 2013.

Sarah Bondy will remember her single to left field at Durham College Field for awhile. The St Clair infielder hit her walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring Sydney MacPherson home from second, giving the Saints their first CCSA national championship title.

In the Championship game St Clair scored in the 3rd inning to tie the game 1-1 and the teams played scoreless until the bottom of the 7th, when Allison Telfer singled with 1 out. Coach Doug Wiseman quickly substituted in pinch runner Sydney MacPherson and, following a Sierra Johnston sacrifice bunt, the winning run was in scoring position on second base.

Bondy played the hero with a sharp hit to left field scoring MacPherson, who narrowly slid head first under the tag for the winning run, and setting off a plate celebration of Saints players and coaches.

Saints Shortstop Michaela Rilett (.409 Average), centerfielder Megan Lumley (.391 Average, 2 RBI), and catcher Mackenzie Noah (.273 Average, 6 RBI) were all named to the Tournament All-Star team.

Telfer pitched a remarkable 32.2 innings in the Championship with a 4-1 record and a 2.57 ERA for St Clair, while batting .400 at the plate. She picked up the win in the finals, pitching seven innings, allowing no earned runs on five hits and a walk, and striking out one.

Rachel Jacques, who was named the tournament’s top pitcher, took the loss for the Mustangs. She went 6.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and one walk. Jacques struck out four batters in the championship game.

At the plate Courtney Reynolds and Melanie Smith led Western, each going 2-for-3. For St Clair, Bondy was 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Telfer was 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The Saints made it to the final by finishing 2-1 in pool play before defeating Regina 3-2 in the quarter-final to advance to the semi-final against Saskatchewan. They defeated the Cougars 10-7 to matchup against Western in the final.

Western finished first in Pool A with a 3-0 record, giving them a bye to the semi-final on Sunday morning. The Mustangs took on the Laurier Golden Hawks, defeating their conference rivals 3-1.

As hosts, the Durham Lords were 0-3 in their pool, which included Western, St Clair, and the University of Calgary. The Lords played their final game of the championship on Saturday against Conestoga for seventh in the country. Durham defeated their OCAA rivals 7-0.

TOURNAMENT ALL-STARS

  • Dana Lahti – Saskatchewan
  • Karen Sondergard – Calgary
  • Shannon Davidson – Western
  • Michaela Rilett – St Clair
  • Melanie Smith – Western
  • Megan Lumley – St Clair
  • Riley Cunningham – Western
  • Mackenzie Noah – St Clair

TOP PITCHER

  • Rachel Jacques – Western

TOP BATTER

  • Haley Volk – Saskatchewan
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