Fastball team scores 37 runs in its first three league games
By Pat Payton
Sparked by a hard-hitting offence, the Veterinary Purchasing Midget-Juniors are off to a strong 3-0 start and sit at the top of the Huron-Perth Fastball League standings. In their first three league victories, Rob and Kelly Wiffen’s squad has plated 37 runs.
The Vet. Purchasing crew kicked off their H-P regular schedule at Teddy’s Field on May 14. St. Marys scored nine runs in the first two innings and then cruised to an 11-4 win over the Springfield Brewers.
Lead-off batter Nathalie Bettger had two hits and scored three runs to pace the home team’s attack. Ashlyn Maxwell, Robyn Lewis and Natalie Reay added two runs apiece, with Maxwell and Lewis both socking extra-base hits.
Sharing the pitching duties were Aimee King, Natalie Reay, Bailey Wiffen and Ashlyn Maxwell. They allowed just five hits and combined for eight strikeouts. “We had our four main pitchers pitch, and all did a good job,” Kelly Wiffen reported.
Double Fullarton 8-4
Next up was the Fullarton A’s No. 2 team. It was a closer game, but the Vet. Purchasing Midget-Juniors prevailed 8-4 on May 21 at Teddy’s Field.
The game was tied 2-2 when St. Marys scored three times in the bottom of the fourth. After the A’s closed the gap to 5-4 with two runs in the top of the sixth, the home team responded by scoring three times in the bottom half of the frame.
Robyn Lewis enjoyed a 3-for-3 night at the plate, including a double, and scored twice. Nathalie Bettger, Ashlyn Maxwell and clean-up batter Natalie Reay also scored two runs each. The veteran Maxwell belted a two-run homer in the first inning, while Reay and Bailey Wiffen contributed two singles apiece.
Defensively, catcher Carly McEwan threw out two Fullarton base runners attempting to steal. Maxwell, Reay and Aimee King teamed up for the pitching win, giving up six hits while combining for 11 strikeouts. Maxwell claimed five strikeout victims over the first three innings.
Lots of offence in road win
In their first road game of the season last Thursday night in Tavistock, the Vet. Purchasing Midget-Juniors scored runs in the first five innings and collected a total of 18 hits en route to an 18-6 six-inning victory over the home-town Athletics.
Eleven St. Marys players scored runs in the convincing win. “Everyone was hitting well,” Kelly Wiffen noted.
Ashlyn Maxwell smashed a two-run homer and two singles and scored three times for the visitors. Robyn Lewis contributed a triple and two singles and crossed the plate twice, while Natalie Reay added a triple and single and scored twice. Sarah Steckly, Kaitlyn Sleeper and Lindsay Hannaberry each chipped in two singles, with Steckly, Sam Truax and Nathalie Bettger all scoring two runs apiece as well.
Aimee King and Bailey Wiffen combined for the pitching decision, each working three innings.
–The Vet. Purchasing Midget-Juniors were scheduled to host Innerkip Jr. Eagles on Tuesday of this week. They travel to Fullarton Thursday to play the A’s No. 1 squad, starting at 9 p.m.
Next home game for St. Marys is Tuesday, June 4 when Fullarton A’s No. 1 come to town. First pitch is at 8:30 p.m.
–There are two Fullarton teams, while DKMB (Delaware/Komoka/Mt. Brydges) is now fielding only one team in the 11-team Midget division.