The U15 team goes 7-0 at a fast pitch tournament in Brampton with
pitcher Mackenzie Steele striking out 30 batters over 19 innings
May 18, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - Summer is still officially a month away, but the D1 Nationals are already heating up the diamond.
The competitive fast pitch U15 team that calls Sweaburg home, were champions at the Brampton Blast tournament, May 13-15,
During their 7-0 run, the D1 Nationals outscored opponents, 56-11.
"Pitching was very good throughout and obviously offense was very, very , good," D1 coach Mark McCallum said. "Defence wasn't overly busy, but sharp when they needed to be."
Jorja Kloepfer, of Foldens, led the team hitting .591, with 14 RBIs and had one home run. Catcher Catcher Taylor Kana, from Springfield, hit .476, with three doubles and a triple and drove in eight runs. Maddy White batted .471, with a homer and six RBIs, while Hanna Koot, batted .526 and slapped out two triples.
"The one thing that stands out is that we faced the Halton Hawks twice," McCallum said. "They had a pitcher who had a really good rise ball that kept us off of our toes. Kenzie Steele (also from Springfield) threw the first (game) and she had 16Ks and one walk and we won 1-0."
Emma Perryman, a former Springfield Brewer, who hit .450 for the tournament, delivered a lead-off home run in the top of the seventh inning for the game's only run.
D1 faced Halton later in the tournament and won 2-0.
The final was not as intense, as D1 beat Oakville, 8-3.
"It was a good game," McCallum said. "Scoreless through a couple innings, until our bats got going. It was smooth sailing through that one."
Over 19.1 innings, Steele struck out 30 batters and compiled a 1.09 earned run average (E.R.A.), allowing 12 hits.
Sophia Chritodoulou had a E.R.A. of 1.00, with eight strikeouts.
"Our girls put in a ton of work over the winter. They've been very dedicated," McCallum said. "Mackenzie and Sophia were at my place three times a week since January."
D1 has 13 wins and a tie through their first 14 games. Three wins were at a tournament in Plattsville, that had the second day cancelled due to rain.
"We're really hitting the crap out of the ball and our pitchers are doing an awesome job keeping their batters off balance," said McCallum.
Up next for D1 is the Queen of Diamonds, this coming weekend in Branford.
A busy summer schedule includes showcase tournaments, in Columbus, Ohio and Detroit, qualifiers for the Canadian championship and the U15 provincials in Windsor.
The D1 U19 team brought home the silver medal from the Brampton tournament.
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