(London, Ontario) – On Saturday afternoon, the Fanshawe Women's Softball team (9-3) defeated the Seneca Sting (0-10) in both games of a doubleheader by scores of 11-0 and 15-2. Both games ended in just five innings. The Falcons have an impressive team batting average of .347 and lead the OCAA in both home runs (6) and stolen bases (25).
In the first game of the afternoon, after the Sting went quietly in the first inning, Fanshawe's Kady Hawkins led the bottom of the first off with a triple. Two batters later, Hawkins would come in to score and the Falcons would lead 1-0 after the first inning of play. Fanshawe's pitcher Tori Piper would strike out the side in the second inning before the Falcons would score four runs in the bottom half and take a commanding 5-0 lead after two innings. In the bottom of the third, after one quick out, Fanshawe hit three straight singles and then Hawkins drove in another run to give Fanshawe the 6-0 lead. A single by Carlene Clapperton brought in two more runs and the Falcons led 8-0 after just three innings. After Piper retired the first 11 batters of the game, Seneca hit a double to centre field, but the Falcons struck out the next batter and still led 8-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth. Fanshawe's Amber Preszcator led off the fourth inning with a solo homerun and then Hawkins drove in two more as the Falcons went on to win 11-0 after just five innings. Piper finished the game only giving up one hit to the Sting.
In game two, the Falcons continued to hit the ball well. After a leadoff double in the bottom of the first, Fanshawe's Reannah Hogarth-McLean hit a two run homerun to give the Falcons an early 2-0 lead. A single by Jacey Lochert scored another for the Falcons, who led 3-0 after the first inning. In the top of the second, Seneca loaded the bases with one out but back-to-back strike outs by Lochert got the Falcons out of a jam. In the bottom of the second, after an RBI single by Samantha Fuller, Fanshawe loaded the bases again with none out. The Falcons would clear the bases with a double and at the end of the second, lead 8-0 over the Sting. Seneca started the third with three base hits and would score two runs in the inning but the Falcons would come right back in the bottom half, loading the bases yet again. This time, pinch-hitter Alanna Gilmour would step up for her first plate appearance of the year and hit a single to left field, scoring two runs. At the end of three innings, Fanshawe would lead by nine, 11-2. In the top of the fourth, Gilmour would come out to the mound, throw nine straight strikes to strike out the side and the Falcons would go right back up to the plate. In the bottom of the fourth, Fanshawe would score four more runs, including another RBI single by Gilmour. Fanshawe would go on to win the game 15-2 after five innings.
Fanshawe's Top Performers:
Reannah Hogarth-McLean – 4 for 5, 6 RBIs, 3 R, HR, BB
Tori Piper – Complete Game (5 innings pitched– 53 Pitches), 1 H, 4 KOs
Alanna Gilmour – 2 for 2, 3 RBIs / 2 innings pitched – 5 KOs
Seneca's Top Performer:
Brianne Ghaney – 3 for 5, R
Fanshawe returns to the diamond on Thursday, September 29, when they travel to Hamilton, Ontario to take on the Mohawk Mountaineers (2-6).
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