Team near top of Huron-Pertha Fastball League standings
By Pat Payton
The Veterinary Purchasing Midget girls have been a very busy team this month!
In a five-day stretch in early July, Rob and Kelly Wiffen’s squad won three games and tied another–putting them near the top of the Huron-Perth Fastball League standings.
The team started its hectic schedule in New Hamburg on Friday, July 6. St. Marys pushed across five runs in the top of the seventh and final inning to seal a 10-3 victory over the Wilmot Thunder.
Nathalie Bettger had a big offensive game with three hits, including a triple, and three runs scored. Contributing two hits apiece were Jensen Dundas, Natalie Reay, Robyn Lewis, Bailey Wiffen and Jamie Johns. Lewis and Johns both scored twice.
Reay (four innings) and Aimee King (three innings) combined to pitch the win, collecting six strikeouts in the process.
Two nights later, the Vet. Purchasing Midgets were back on the road, and defeated host Milverton 14-9.
In this game, the St. Marys girls roared out to an 11-3 lead by the end of four innings. The visitors had a six-run uprising in their half of the fourth, highlighted by Bailey Wiffen’s bases-clearing triple.
Shortstop Ashlyn Maxwell helped spark the team’s offence with a two-run homer and double and three runs scored. Clean-up batter Natalie Reay added three hits and a walk and crossed the plate three times. Chipping in two runs each were Wiffen, Jensen Dundas and Nathalie Bettger.
Performing the pitching chores for St. Marys were starter Ashlyn Maxwell, Bailey Wiffen and Natalie Reay. Maxwell fanned eight Milverton batters over four innings of work.
Three of four points
In a doubleheader last Tuesday, July 10 at Teddy’s Field, the Vet. Purchasing Midgets picked up three of a possible four points.
Their opening game was against their rivals to the north, the Mitchell Hornets, and the contest didn’t disappoint. It was a close game from start to finish, with the score deadlocked 3-3 after five complete innings.
After the Hornets scored four times in the top of the sixth, St. Marys battled back with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to gain a hard-fought 7-7 tie.
Neither team scored in the seventh, but the locals threatened with the bases loaded.
Jensen Dundas, Nathalie Bettger and Ashlyn Maxwell propelled the home team’s offence, scoring two runs apiece. Lead-off batter Dundas collected three hits and one of Maxwell’s hits was a three-run homer in the decisive sixth. Natalie Reay added a pair of extra-base hits, and catcher Carly McEwan chipped in two hits as well–one being a lead-off triple in the bottom of the seventh.
The mound duties were handled by Aimee King, Natalie Reay and Ashlyn Maxwell.
Mercy the Eagles
In the nightcap, the Vet. Purchasing squad mercied Innerkip Jr. Eagles 20-9 in six innings.
St. Marys had the bats ringing as they jumped out to a 14-7 cushion by the end of three innings.
Ashlyn Maxwell had another productive game at the plate. The veteran went 4-for-4 with a first-inning home run and three doubles and scored three times.
Aimee King added to the plate parade with three hits and two runs scored, while Robyn Lewis, Bailey Wiffen and Carly McEwan all contributed two hits and crossed the plate twice.
Sam Truax and Nathalie Bettger chipped in two hits apiece, with Truax belting a triple, while Jensen Dundas and Lindsay Hannaberry both scored twice.
Truax and Wiffen combined for the pitching decision, with Wiffen striking out nine batters in her strong stint on the mound.
With the victory over the Eagles, the Vet. Purchasing crew improved to 9-3-1 in the H-P standings. It left them in a second-place tie with Mitchell (also 9-3-1), with both teams chasing the first-place Fullarton A’s (11-2).
–The Vet. Purchasing squad added another league win on July 11 in Ingersoll, blanking the Ironbirds 15-0. It left St. Marys just one point out of top spot. More details to follow in a future write-up.
–Now 9-1-1 in their last 11 games, the Midget girls’ next game is Monday, July 23 when they travel to Fullarton to meet the A’s at 9 p.m. The following night, the team hosts the Springfield Brewers at 8:30 p.m.