A fifth inning breakout of four runs leads to a 6-3 D1 Revolution win over Halton
Sunday, August 8, 2021
By Rob J. Ross
SWEABURG, Ont. - It's on to the Provincial Women's Softball Association U16 West final for the D1 Revolution.
Four runs in the fifth inning carried the Revolution over the Halton Hawks, 6-3, in a home playoff game Friday, August 6, in Sweaburg.
"We're excited to be moving on to the West final," Revolution coach Courtney Gilbert said. "When we started practising last fall, we made the goal of being one of the top teams in the province by the end of the season. Through covid, the girls stayed dedicated, practising five to six days per week, with virtual sessions, team workouts, mental prep courses, etc.
"They play with their whole heart. They leave it all on the field. They're a team you can never take for granted because they just never stop fighting. I expect nothing less of the girls as we move forward."
D1 Revolution (3-0) now wait for their next opponent, in the double knockout tournament, which could be Halton again, if the Hawks win their next game.
Down 2-0, heading into their half of the fifth inning, the Revolution broke out for four runs and added two runs more in the sixth inning.
"Our team is definitely a team that plays best when they are relaxed, having fun and a little rowdy," Gilbert said. "Our offence is contagious. Everybody in our line-up can hit the ball well. It doesn't matter if we have zero out or two out, they find a way to get on base and make the magic happen."
First baseman Avyree Sherman led the Revolution, belting out a double and a triple and driving in three runs.
Centre-fielder Torie Windle had two hits, including a double and scored twice, while Chloe Hocquard batted two-for-four. Karlee Curran, Lexie Sawyer and Brooke Seifried, with a triple, each had one hit and scored a run.
Hocquard worked the entire seven inning game, allowing three runs, on 11 hits and one walk, striking out five batters.
"Chloe has been a work horse in
the circle for us all season," Gilbert said. "She's a gamer and just loves to go
out and compete. Every time she comes to the field she just keeps on getting
better for the team."
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