The 21st Annual OFSAA Girls High School Slo-Pitch Festival took place last weekend at Slo-Pitch City in Dorchester with 32 schools taking part. St. Marys DCVI has been competing at the annual OFSAA-sanctioned tournament run by Slo-Pitch Ontario against schools from across the province for 10 years, and for the first time the local team was able to bring home a championship banner, as they won all three of their games Friday. St. Marys outscored opponents by a combined total of 43-10.
On Thursday, May 26, the team played two placement games to determine the division they would be grouped in for the following day’s games. Facing teams from a pair of larger centres, including Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton and another squad from the GTA, St. Marys’ bats came up just short, and they fell in a pair of close games, 5-4 and 10-8, with the first game being broadcast locally on Rogers TV. Those results put DCVI in the Single-A division.
Beginning early the next morning, DCVI prevailed with little rest between matchups, winning 12-0 and 15-0 to advance to the finals, and then topping the Bishop Tonnos Titans from Ancaster 16-10. “Our bats were strong and we jumped out to an early lead and maintained this through the game,” said coach Ruthann Waldick, adding that they held a 16-6 lead going into the home half of the final inning. “The girls wanted to test the nerves of the coaches, giving up four runs in the last inning, but they were determined and held out for the win.”
Waldick said it was a full team effort that brought them the three wins, but gave extra credit to Natalie Reay, who pitched all three games for her team on the sweltering tournament day Friday. It was an “outstanding accomplishment,” she said.