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.