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Mite Gators Take Gold at Waterloo Tournament

Web posted on May 30, 2007

The Guelph Mite Gators won the Gold Medal at their first tournament; the Waterloo Ghosts Invitational. They defeated Oakville 5-1 in the Gold Medal game, finishing the tournament with 5 wins and 1 loss.

The Gators opened the tournament with a convincing 16-1 win over Brampton 2. Erin Fortney pitched 4 scoreless innings, with Rainey Psenicka closing off the game striking out 3. On offense, the pitchers helped their causes by scoring 3 runs each. Kirsten McCartney hit 2 for 2 driving in a run. Fortney was selected as the Guelph game MVP.

Guelph faced a hard hitting Stratford team in the second game, winning 19-11. Eryn Clark started the game for Guelph and did not issue a single walk through 3 innings, however Guelph's defense provided little support. Fortunately the Mite Gators got it done at the plate. Psenicka, Fortney, Ashley Hodgson, Alison Kennedy and Michaila Melanson reached based safely on each plate appearance. Psenicka, Fortney, Hodgson, Melanson, Kirsten McCartney and Jessica Hynes had two hits each. Eryn Clark was Guelph's game MVP.

Guelph showed their character in the "nail biter" 3rd game against the Brampton 1 scoring 2 runs in the top of the last inning to win the game 6-5. The local's offense was lead by Danielle O'Connell who drove in 4 of the 6 runs hitting a double and a triple and as a result was selected as the Guelph MVP. Psenicka, Kennedy, O'Connell, Hodgson, and Emily Power scored Guelph's runs. Fortney pitched a complete 6 inning game, giving up only 3 hits, and striking out all 3 batters in the bottom of the 6th to seal the victory. Samantha Gilbert caught a solid game which resulted in Brampton stranding 5 runners. She also hussled to tag a runner trying to steal home on an errant pitch.

The Mite Gators lost their 4th round robin game 8-0 to Kitchener. The Guelph bats were silent, as Samantha Gilbert was the only base runner. Rainey Psenicka held Guelph in the game giving up only 3 runs through 3 innings, however with no Guelph run support, the Kitchener squad's confidence grew and they took control of the game in the latter half. Other Guelph defensive highlights included Ashley Hodgson's snag of a line shot to short and Eryn Clark's two unassisted outs at 1st. Psenicka was Guelph's game MVP. A record of 3-0 put Guelph into the play-offs.

The Gators showed up for the play-offs ready to battle with the same Kitchener team that defeated them the afternoon before. Kitchener opened the game with 2 runs in their half of the inning, however Fortney hammered a Home Run with Psenicka and Kennedy on base to give Guelph the lead which they would never give up. Psenicka hit a 2 run Home Run driving in Melanson and closing off Guelph's scoring. The other 4 runs were scored by Jessica Hynes, Eryn Clark, Kirsten McCartney and Ashley Hodgson. Hynes was perfect at the plate, until a wild pitch sidelined her late in the game, however her earlier contributions were recognized with the Guelph game MVP award. While the Gators scored 9 runs, Fortney and the Gator defense held Kitchener to 5 runs over the 6 innings.

In the Gold Medal game a confident Gator squad opened the scoring in the 2nd inning, led off by a Fortney single and a triple by Michaila Melanson driving in Guelph's first run. Melanson stole home giving Guelph a 2 run lead. That would be all the locals needed, as Fortney proceeded to pitch a complete game no-hitter, earning her the Guelph game MVP. Guelph added to their lead in the 3rd when Taylor Bondy reached base safely and was driven in by Rainey Psenicka. Danielle O'Connell lead of the 4th with a towering triple which open the gates for Guelph as the next 3 of 4 Gators were issued walks with 2 wild pitches allowing O'Connell and Fortney to score. In the bottom of the final inning, the skies opened and Guelph had to close out the game in the pouring rain, allowing Oakville to score their only run. The rain did not dampen the smiles of the girls as they dawned their gold medals and shared the excitement with their teammates, knowing that only through a complete team effort was tournament gold possible.