The Revolution hung on for a 6-4 win and advance to the U16 final, Saturday, at Lion's Can-Amera Park, in Cambridge.
D1 takes on the East bracket winners, the Whitby Eagles Team Aquanno, in a best of three game series. Game one is at 3 p.m., followed by game two, at 7 p.m. Game three, if neccesary will be on Sunday.
"When it's bases loaded with none out, it sure puts the pressure on," D1 coach Courtney Gilbert said, adding for the game ending double play, the players knew where the ball had to go. "Like I told the girls, we've made these plays before. We're a very defensively sound team. It comes to down to communication. If they weren't talking they wouldn't be able to do that. We've practiced it a thousand times."
Communication and defence somewhat fell apart for D1 in game one, combined with the Hawks holding hot sticks.
"We're a team that builds on momentum. When momentum doesn't go our way in that first game, we had to fully reset for game two," Gilbert said. "We had a good chat between games. We talked about why this games matters. Does this game matter? Everyone single one said it matters because they worked so hard. They put all the effort in."
The Revolution jumped out to a 6-0 lead, all in the second inning of game two and then hung on.
"If we can get on the bats early, we'll put pressure on them. We wanted to control the tempo right off the top," Gilbert said. "It would have been nice to keep the bats going, but we were taking good at-bats."
Halton scored three times in the fifth inning, to cut the D1 lead in half. The Hawks may have had a big inning in the fourth, had it not been for a diving catch by centre-fielder Torie Windle.
With no one out and two on, Windle came racing in on a hard liner hit over the infield, dove and then shot up like a spring to double off the runner at second base.
"That's a routine play for her. Any ball hit out to centre field we absolutely know it's being caught as she's that good," praised Gilbert. "She's a phenemenal outfielder. She's the best in the province in my opinion."
Hitting the turf to snag balls is something new to Windle.
"I've just learned how to dive this year. Whenever the ball is hit in the air I try my best to get to it and get under it and if I can't I know I'm diving or getting down in front of it, or I'm playing off the bounce," said Windle. "I knew I was getting that ball no matter what because of how high it was and I knew I had to go to second so then I was up and throwing."
Both Hocquad and Windle also shined offensively. Hocquad went two-for-three, with one RBI and walked once, while Windle, from the lead-off spot, was two-for-four, with a single and a RBI triple.
Catcher Karlee Curran was two-for-four with one RBI. Brooke Seifried had a RBI triple and a base on balls, while Megan Peacock and Lexi Sawyer, both had hit and one RBI.
In game one, Seifried went two-for-two.
amazing and exciting because of how far my team has
come. It's all worked out how I always wanted it
too. We have a great team and our team chemistry is
perfect," Windle said. "The strength of team is
coming back and staying in the game for the most
part. Even when we're down, we stay up. We're
cheering and we're good at picking each other up."