By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair women’s softball team completed their OCAA Regular Season Tuesday night earning a hard fought doubleheader split with the Durham Lords from Oshawa. The Saints lost 3-2 in the first game and then went 8 innings to win in walk-off fashion by a score of 2-1 in the second game.
St Clair jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after the 1st inning in the opening game, but Durham scored a run in each of the next 3 innings to seize a 3-1 advantage. The Saints made it interesting in the 7th inning by scoring a run but, with the tying and winning runners aboard, couldn’t get the key hit.
Sara Stiller took the loss on the mound for St Clair with Skyler Patteson recording 2 RBI’s on a pair of singles to account for her team’s scoring.
In game two, St Clair and Durham were locked scoreless until the 6th inning where they traded runs, but the teams needed extra innings to decide a winner.
With the international tie-breaker rule forcing an automatic runner on 2nd base to start the inning, Patteson made an outstanding diving play on a Durham bunt attempt to help keep the visitors scoreless.
St Clair was able come to bat with a chance to win in the bottom of the 8th inning. After moving the go-ahead run to 3rd base, Michaela Rilett provided a deep fly to right field that easily scored Alexa Georgiou to secure the win for St. Clair.
Georgiou pitched all 8 innings for the Saints, surrendering only 5 hits while striking out 5 Durham batters. Alexandra Senft led St Clair with 3 hits.
With the split St Clair finishes with an 18-6 record and in a tie with the Fanshawe Falcons for 1st place in the OCAA standings. By virtue of the tie-breaking procedure, the Saints claimed the OCAA Regular Season crown and the top seed at the Provincial Championship tournament, being hosted in Kitchener by Conestoga this weekend.