Sunday the Warriors hosted the Guelph Gryphons for our 2nd home series of the season at Kitchener’s Budd Park. The weather was once again amazing and players & fans had a great time watching these two games on a nice and sunny afternoon. These games were of super importance for both teams as each needed wins in the push to secure a playoff position
Game 1: Guelph 5, Waterloo 4
Waterloo led this game early, scoring 1-run in the first on a single by Sarah Schywiola that plated Rachel Sothern. However the Warriors would leave runners on base in this inning and many of the next few as well. Heading into the 7th Waterloo held a 4-0 lead, however the Guelph squad would rally behind a walk, base hit, fielder’s choice, and then two big hits and would take the lead 5-4. The Warriors stunned, couldn’t get that run back in the 7th and Guelph would steal a 5-4 win over the Warriors. Nina Gabert went the distance on the mound for the Warriors and was cruising until that final inning. Most would argue it was Gabert’s best performance on the mound of the season, and it was very unfortunate that she didn’t get the win. On offense the Warriors earned 7-hits, but nobody in the lineup managed more than 1. The team stranded 7 base runners, all of whom now seemed key in the narrow defeat.
Game 2: Waterloo 8, Guelph 0
After a quick break the two teams engaged once again in the 2nd half of the doubleheader. Waterloo had two stars in this game, Marissa Melanson earned the win allowing only 1-hit over the course of the game. Darcy McVicar made a key catch in RF mid-way in the game when the score was 0-0 and then on the same play she completed the double play throwing a strike to catcher Sarah Schywiola who tagged the runner and prevented the run from scoring. McVicar & Kaitlyn Satchell collected multiple hits for the Warriors in this game. Rachel Sothern set the table on numerous occasions as she was on base all four times she stepped to the plate. Guen O’Hara, and Melanson led the team each with two RBI’s.
Friday evening the Warriors battled cross town rival Wilfrid Laurier. Heading into the series the Golden Hawks led the OIWFA with a perfect 7-0 record. A nice size crowd was on hand at Hillside Park for these evening games, and the weather was excellent for a September evening.
Game 1: Laurier 8, Waterloo 4
The Warriors took an early 2-1 lead in this game taking advantage of singles by Gale Moore and Kaitlyn Satchell, who both scored on a 2-out double from Rachel Sothern. The lead however was short lived as Laurier tallied three runs in their half of the 3rd nning on some hits, and a few defensive mistakes by the Warriors out in the field. The Hawks built up an 8-2 lead, and into the 7th withstood a nice rally from the Warriors to take the opening game by a final score of 8-4. Sarah Schywiola led the team offensively with three hits. Marissa Melanson got the starting pitching assignment, and she was relieved in the 4th inning by Guen O’Hara.
Game 2: Laurier 10, Waterloo 5
In the nightcap game Laurier scored early and often and led 6-0 at the end of two innings. The Warriors would shore up the defense for the final 5-innings, and battled hard scoring 5 runs before the final out was made in the 7th. The top of the Warriors order was on fire in game 2, with Gale Moore collecting three hits, as did Rachel Sothern including a two run HR in the 5th inning. First year player Kate MacNeil tallied her first two RBI’s of the season with an extra base hit in the 7th inning.
The Warriors headed down to London Sunday afternoon to play the defending league champion Western Mustangs, the day was minor softball day at the park so the Warriors got to see a number of local youth players take part in some fun games and competitions in between innings and during the game break as well. It was also the first time in recent memory that the program took a bus to an away series. A pretty awesome experience for sure!
Game 1: Western 8, Waterloo 0
Western took advantage of the Warriors pitching team who struggled to find the strike zone early in this game. A couple of big hits with runners on base put this game out of reach early. In the end it was Western coasting to an 8-0 win. Waterloo only tallied three hits on offense, one each for Paige Sweeney, Amanda Clarke and Lauren Beattie. Darcy McVicar made her pitching debut, and the first year player held the Mustangs line-up in check during her time on the hill.
Game 2: Western 7, Waterloo 6
A close game throughout, slowly became a 7-2 Western lead into the 5th inning but then the Warriors rallied for 4-runs in the 6th inning capped by a bases-loaded double from Darcy McVicar. The Warriors would get another two runs in the inning to make the game close at 7-6. Nina Gabert shut-down the Mustangs in the 7th, but the Warriors couldn't muster up the tying run in the 7th. Final score was 7-6.
Saturday was the team's first chance to play at our new home (Budd Park) as the Warriors hosted the Windsor Lancers. Once again the Warriors managed to earn a split between the two games to even up the club's record to 3-3 on the OIWFA season.
Game 1: Windsor 6, Waterloo 5
Waterloo playing in front of a nice size crowd got off to a good start and led the game 4-1 until the 5th inning in which the Lancers evened the score at 4-4. Waterloo would regain the lead in the bottom of the inning when Lauren Beattie delivered a 2-out double scoring Kaitlin MacNeil. However that lead was short lived as the Lancers tallied two runs late on a sac fly and a defensive miscue by the Warriors on the infield. A last attempt to tie the score came up short in the 7th when the team couldn't cash runners on 1st and 2nd with no out.
Game 2: Waterloo 7, Windsor 3
Rachel Sothern, and Guen O'Hara led off the top of the first with back to back hits, and a sac fly one batter later scores Sothern to give the Warriors an early lead. The lead was extended in the 2nd inning when Paige Sweeney scored on a bomb triple from Kaitlyn Satchell. While the Lancers battled back mid game to cut the lead at one point to 4-3, the Warriors never surrendered the lead and eventually pulled away to a 7-3 win. Nina Gabert earned the win for the Warriors, pitching the complete game and scattering only 7-hits across the 7-innings of work.
(Toronto) Waterloo salvaged a split of the two games series Saturday afternoon vs the Toronto Varsity Blues, who have started the season off well. In the first game, hits and runs were hard to come by, and the Blues won on a walk-off. In the 2nd game Waterloo returned the favor with a walk off win of their own.
GAME 1: Toronto 3, Waterloo 2
Nina Gabert was the hard luck loser in the series opener, as she pitched a solid 6.1 innings allowing only 8-hits, while striking out 5 batters. Waterloo was quiet on offense managing only 4-hits across the 7 innings against two Toronto pitchers. Rachel Sothern, drove in the only RBI of the afternoon for Waterloo.
GAME 2: Waterloo 8, Toronto 7
The Warriors overcame a collapse in the 7th inning to secure a walk-off win in the 2nd game of the day vs Toronto. This was a game that Waterloo led throughout, and took a 6-2 lead into the 7th inning, before a couple of well placed hits queued the Varsity Blues comeback. With one final shot, the Warriors parlayed a lead-off single from 1st year player Amanda Clark, and then a great bunt from veteran Rebecca Rayner into two runs, when Guen O'Hara's double cashed in the winning runs.
O'Hara also earned the W, pitching to just 2 batters in the top half of the 7th replacing Marissa Melanson who went the first 6.2 innings only allowing 1 earned run, while fanning 5 Blues batters
(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.