Team improves to 12-0 atop the Huron-Perth Fastball League standings
By Pat Payton
MILVERTON – The Veterinary Purchasing Midget-Juniors continue to combine good hitting and pitching in the Huron-Perth Fastball League.
The St. Marys squad, coached by Rob and Kelly Wiffen, improved their first-place record to 12-0 with a 10-2 victory over the Milverton Millwrights here last Wednesday night.
Leading 3-2, the Vet. Purchasing crew broke open a close game with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. The visitors also scored runs in their final three at-bats to widen the gap.
Pitchers Bailey Wiffen, Aimee King and Natalie Reay threw “really well again,” the coaching staff reported. The trio gave up just six singles–and no hits after the third inning–while striking out five batters.
Offensive support came from several St. Marys players, who combined for 15 hits. Shortstop Ashlyn Maxwell collected two singles and two walks in five trips and also scored three times. Clean-up batter Robyn Lewis knocked in runs with a triple and double, while King had a triple, single and walk in four trips. Reay added a single and two walks and scored twice.
Carly McEwan contributed two singles and a walk in four plate appearances, while Jensen Dundas and Lindsay Hannaberry each rapped two singles as well.
The previous night at Teddy’s Field, the Vet. Purchasing Midget-Juniors rallied from an early deficit to defeat the second-place Tavistock Athletics 11-7. Trailing 7-3, the home team erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to grab the lead.
“A great comeback against Tavistock to win,” coach Rob Wiffen said. “All four of our pitchers pitched well. Overall, a great team effort.”
In the fifth-inning uprising, Ashlyn Maxwell, Natalie Reay and Carly McEwan all supplied hits. The Tavistock pitcher also walked four St. Marys batters.
Pacing the Vet. Purchasing offence were the team’s two lead-off batters. Nathalie Bettger had a run-scoring double and two walks and scored twice, while Jensen Dundas singled and drew two walks and also crossed the plate twice.
Robyn Lewis belted a big run-scoring double in a three-run first inning after the Athletics had scored four times in the top half of the frame. Sam Truax walked twice and scored both times.
Altogether, eight different players scored at least one run for the home side.
Aimee King, Bailey Wiffen, Natalie Reay and Ashlyn Maxwell all saw mound duty. Maxwell fanned four of the last five Tavistock batters she faced to earn the save.
Seven-run first inning
In a road game June 24 at Fullarton, seven first-inning runs helped propel the Vet. Purchasing Midget-Juniors to a 10-7 win over the Fullarton A’s No. 1 team.
It was another good balanced attack with eight different St. Marys batters scoring runs.
Lead-off batter Jensen Dundas cracked a triple, and Natalie Reay and Robyn Lewis both smashed doubles in the first-inning rally.
Dundas had a big night at the plate with a triple, single and two walks in four trips. She also scored twice. Natalie Reay added a single, double and scored twice, while Robyn Lewis socked a pair of doubles from the clean-up spot. Ashlyn Maxwell had a single, double and walk, while Carly McEwan singled and drew two walks. Bailey Wiffen added a double, one of six extra-base hits by the visitors.
The A’s big inning was the third when they scored five runs to narrow the margin to 8-6.
Reay and Maxwell teamed up for the pitching win. Reay claimed five strikeout victims over the first three innings. Maxwell was tough on Fullarton batters over the final four frames, allowing just one single. She also struck out eight, including the final six batters she faced.
Busy week again: The Vet. Purchasing Midget-Juniors have another busy stretch ahead. After playing the Jr. Eagles in Innerkip on Monday and hosting Cambridge Cougars on Tuesday of this week, the local fastballers face the Mitchell Hornets Thursday at Teddy’s at 8:30 p.m. St. Marys has another home game on Tuesday, July 16 against DKMB River Cats (Delaware, Komoka and Mt. Brydges), also at 8:30 p.m.