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Alberta squad retains senior women’s championship

Members of the Calahoo, Alta. Erins celebrate their second straight Canadian senior women’s fastpitch softball championship title Sunday at Lions Park in St. John’s. The Erins beat Saskatchewan’s Saskatoon G-Force 5-3 in the final for their latest win.
Members of the Calahoo, Alta. Erins celebrate their second straight Canadian senior women’s fastpitch softball championship title Sunday at Lions Park in St. John’s. The Erins beat Saskatchewan’s Saskatoon G-Force 5-3 in the final for their latest win. - Contributed

Team from Calahoo, Alta. beats Saskatchewan for Canadian women's crown

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

The Erins from Callahoo, Alta., northwest of Edmonton, made it two straight Canadian senior women’s fastpitch softball championships Sunday, winning the nationals at Lions Park in St. John’s on the strength of a 5-3 decision over Saskatchewan’s Saskatoon G-Force.

The Erins exploded for four runs in the fifth inning to effectively seal the title.

On Saturday, the Host Galway squad from St. John’s defeated Newfoundland and Labrador representative Animal Health Care Centre Wildcats 4-2 in a game to determine eighth- and ninth-place in the nine-team event.

Jenna Connolly (7IP, 1R, 3H, 7K, 1W) got the win over Nova Scotia import Kerrie Boyle (6IP, 4R, 7H, 0W, 4K).

Connolly helped her own cause with two hits, and Victoria Curran knocked in two runs.

Galway, which later lost 5-4 to P.E.I. Stealers Saturday evening, finished the tournament 1-7, and the Wildcats were 0-7.


Tournament all-stars and award winners

All-star Team

  • Catcher - Lydia Niemegeers (SK1 Carnduff Southeast Steelers)
  • Pitcher - Stella Turazzi (DC Calahoo Erins)
  • Infielder - Brielle McCullough (Saskatoon G-Force)
  • Infielder - Jade McGarr (ON2 Bytown Belles)
  • Infielder - Madison McGonigal (DC Calahoo Erins)
  • Infielder - Bryanna Kressler (ON1 Kars Aces)
  • Outfielder - Nakia Thorpe (SK2 Saskatoon G-Force)
  • Outfielder - Kali Burnham (ON1 Kars Aces)
  • Outfielder - Emily Cairns (PEI PEI Stealers)
  • Utility - Deanna Gerrard (SK1 Carnduff Southeast Steelers)

Tournament awards

Top batter (qualifying round)

Cassie Matlock (DC Calahoo Erins) .600

Top pitcher (qualifying round)

Ariane Desroches (QC Equipe Quebec) 3-1, 2.67ERA

MVP (qualifying round)

Brielle McCullough (SK2 Saskatoon G-Force)

MVP (championship round)

Stella Turazzi (DC Calahoo Erins) 2-0, 1.59 ERA

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