(Brampton, ON) The OIWFA season kicked off Friday evening with the Warriors heading to Brampton to play their first of two cross-over series this weekend vs the Ryerson Rams.
GAME 1: Ryerson 6, Waterloo 5
Waterloo led the majority of this game, however the Rams kept chipping away and had some clutch hits late in the game to earn the 1-run win over the Warriors. Sarah Schywiola started the game offensively for the Warriors with an RBI in the first inning. A three run 5th inning included a 2 run single from last season's rookie of the year Marissa Melanson.
Melanson also started on the rubber for the Warriors in this game, and pitched 5 innings allowing 3 runs. Guen O'Hara pitched in relief, and allowed the winning run (unearned) to score on a sacrafice fly in the 6th inning.
Waterloo left 2-runners on in the 7th, and couldn't cash them in.
GAME 2: Waterloo 15, Ryerson 8
A big first inning propelled the Warriors in the 2nd game of the night vs Ryerson. After allowing the Rams to score 2-runs in their half of the first inning the Warriors responded with 6-runs including RBI's from Sarah Schywiola, Nina Gabert & 2-more from Amanda Clarke. The game then went back and forth with both sides scoring many more runs. In the bottom of the 5th Waterloo finally secured the runs needed to win the game on the run-rule. Guen O'Hara, Schywiola each had three hits for the Warriors.
Gabert earned the win, and Guen O'Hara came in late to earn the save.
Waterloo 9, Mohawk 1
Waterloo opened the pre-season series with a 9-1 victory over the Mohawk Mountaineers. Marissa Melanson started the game for the Warriors and pitched three scoreless innings. Guen O'Hara then came into the game in the 4th, and closed out the final four innings for the save.
Offensively, the Warriors got on the board first in the 2nd inning, when veteran player Rebecca Rayner doubled to left, scoring two runs. Freshman Kaitlin MacNeil followed that up with an RBI single and after two innings Waterloo led 3-0. It was a lead they wouldn't surrender, and managed to extend the lead with another big inning in the 3rd, Rayner added another RBI in that frame as well. When it was all said and done Rayner would tally 4RBI, Kaitlyn Satchell led the team offensively with 3-hits including a triple.
Waterloo 9, Guelph 4
The Warriors used a 6-run 4th inning to pull away from the Gryphons in the second game of the pre-season games on Labour Day Monday. In the 4th rookie Darcy McVicar started the run scoring with an RBI single, Erin Poirier followed with a 2-run single, and then additional runs were scored in the inning on a defensive miscue, before Guen O'Hara knocked in two more with a single. Veteran pitcher Nina Gabert started the game and went the first three innings, striking out 7 batters. McVicar pitched the final four innings, allowing only 1-unearned run. In addition to Poirier's extra base hit, Sarah Schywiola and Gabert also hit extras. Waterloo pounded out 14 hits, over the course of the game showing that the team is ready offensively.
Sunday at CIF the Warriors once again took to the practice field to continue their pre-season work. A couple of returning players made it out Sunday, which will serve to further some tough roster decisions for the coaching team in the coming days. On field Sunday the team had a chance to look at some of the pitching prospects, and also saw ample opportunity for the players to get some good swings in vs live pitching.
Next up is this coming Thursday, when the team will continue preparation for the pre-season double-header scheduled for Labour Day Monday, when the Warriors will face the University of Guelph and Mohawk College.
Warriors Fastpitch had an excellent first session on Saturday as our returning athletes were joined by several incoming recruits to begin preparation for the fall 2019 season. Practicing for the first time on the new CIF diamond located right on campus, the team ran through a series of drills including defensive infield & outfield, as well as some batting practice.
Our coaching team shared plans for the upcoming season, practice times, and the fall schedule. The group is back at it Sunday with a second evaluation session planned for 3:30 at the CIF diamond.
Warriors Fastpitch successfully hosted our first fundraising tournament the weekend of June 7th to 9th at several diamonds in the Kitchener-Waterloo community. The tournament was attended by 23 teams in two divisions (U16 & U19). Teams battled initially in pool play, and then into playoff brackets.
The U16 event was won by the Halton Hawks, as they came from behind in the final inning to defeat the Palmerston Marlins in the final game. The Hawks earlier that day defeated the #2 seed Waterloo Ghosts in the semi-final. The Marlins reached the final by knocking out the UTM 2K4 team in the morning match.
The U19 tournament had two playoff brackets. The main bracket was won by the Oakville Angels who were the only team over the entire weekend to not lose one game. Oakville defeated the Waterloo Ghosts Gold team in the final game. These two teams have been to Canadian Nationals several times in recent years. In the other bracket final it was the Quebec Rebelles, beating the Guelph Gators.
Warriors Fastpitch thanks all teams for attending and looks to make this an annual event. Thank you to all our club members, coaches, and fans for devoting time over the weekend to help make it a success.
Good morning everyone, and welcome to our website! To teams travelling to the Waterloo and surrounding area this weekend for our tournament we want to thank you all for supporting our tournament. This weekend we are hosting as a fundraiser for our fastpitch program here at the University of Waterloo. Our school has been awesome the past 6 months providing us with access to athletic facilities on campus, and treating us with the same level of respect and interest that they afford other club teams here on campus. As a participant in the OIWFA league, we have travel costs associated with league play, and other expenses such as diamond rentals, uniforms, etc. that aren't covered by the University. This tournament is helping our athletes out in that regard.
As a club, we practice on campus once or twice a week. Our practice sessions are open to anyone on campus. Students can participate in fastpitch on campus here, and not be part of the team that participates in the OIWFA fall league. We want to grow the awareness of the sport here on campus, and opening our practice times to everyone is one way that we have chosen to go about doing so.
If you're an existing Waterloo student, or thinking of attending the school in the future. We invite you to contact us to discuss our academic programs, facilities and our team in more detail! Our athletes will be on the diamonds this week, please feel free to ask questions of them too!
Our Fastpitch Tournament is finally here! We're now just a few days away from the opening of our 1st Warriors Fastpitch Tournament. We have over 20 teams attending from Ontario and Quebec. We would like to formally welcome everyone to the Kitchener-Waterloo area, and also thank you all for choosing to support our event.
We look forward to a great weekend of fastball, and hope your experience at and away from the park this weekend will have you wanting to come back and support our event again next year. Our student athletes will be on site at the various parks this weekend convening the event. University of Waterloo coaches will also be available if anyone has interest in attending the University of Waterloo in the next couple of years. Our coaches can get you in touch with the right people who can answer your academic questions, and at the same time can share what our vision for Warriors Fastpitch is for 2019 and beyond.
Safe travels to everyone planning to attend as an athlete, coach, parent or fan this weekend!
We have received the 2019 OIWFA Draft Schedule this past week from league executive. The schedule is the typical 16-game format, in which teams from the East/West cross-over in week #1, followed by division play to close out the final three weeks of the season. As of this release the Warriors will open the schedule with a 4-game road trip opening weekend to face the Ryerson Rams, and Toronto Varsity Blues.
The following week, the Warriors will be at home, hosting the University of Windsor, and the Western Ontario Mustangs. In week 3, the women will take on Wilfrid Laurier and then close the weekend at home to Guelph. The season then wraps up in week #4, with the Warriors home to the Brock Badgers and MacMaster Mauraders.
The schedule is still subject to change, if there are revisions we will notate on our website
Due to the increased interest in Waterloo Fastball, the Warriors have decided to hold a Spring Player Evaluation before exams start this April. Our date and time is as follows:
- Sunday April 7th 3:30 to 5:00PM at CIF Gymnasium #3
All returning players, existing members of the Waterloo student community as well as fall 2019 prospective freshman are encouraged to attend this event. We are not choosing or selecting the team based on this event, however the coaching team will have a better understanding of the players and their skill level heading into training this fall. If you plan to attend, please reach out to us via email or contact us on social media!
Three of our team members attended the annual Warrior Athletic & Recreation Leadership Banquet the week of March 18th. The event was chance for all Warrior teams & clubs to share some of our achievements from the 2018/2019 season, and also to look forward to upcoming changes & announcements. We're proud of all our athletes for all they have done to increase the awareness of the U of W Fastball program over the last number of months. We look forward to seeing & hearing more!