(London, Ontario) – The Fanshawe Women's Softball team (11-5) hosted the Durham Lords (8-6) on Sunday afternoon. The Falcons won both games of the doubleheader by scores of 9-8 and 7-1. Fanshawe is in second place in the OCAA Women's Softball standings.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Durham struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly and an RBI single. Fanshawe came right back in the bottom half of the inning. After a leadoff single and a hit by pitch, Fanshawe's Jacey Lochert drove in two to tie the game. After advancing to third, Lochert would come around to score on an RBI single by MacKenzie Kelly and the Falcons would take the 3-2 lead after one inning of play. In the second inning, after a leadoff bunt single, Kady Hawkins hit a triple to give the Falcons a 4-2 lead. On the next pitch, Rachel Dotzert hit a 2 run homerun to right field and Fanshawe took a 6-2 lead into the third inning. Durham scored a run in the top of the third but the Falcons still led 6-3 heading to the fourth inning. No runs were scored until the bottom of the fifth when Amber Preszcator came in to score on a single by Emily Davis, giving the Falcons a four-run lead. Durham scored four runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game at seven but the Falcons came right back with two runs in the bottom half to take the 9-7 lead. Durham scored one in the top of the seventh but Fanshawe held on to win the game by a final score of 9-8. Alanna Gilmour (6-1) would get the win after one and a third innings of relief.
In game two, Fanshawe led off the first inning with singles by Hawkins and Dotzert and then with two out, Kelly hit a single, scoring both runs to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. Teams were held in check until the bottom of the fourth, when Fanshawe's Samantha Fuller hit an RBI single to bring home Davis and give Fanshawe the 3-0 lead. Durham scored their first run of the game in the top of the fifth but Fanshawe scored four in the bottom half, including a two run triple by Reannah Hogarth-McLean to put the Falcons ahead 7-1. After pitching in relief to finish game one, Gilmour would pitch the complete game three hitter and take the win in game two as well, as Fanshawe would win by a final score of 7-1.
Fanshawe's Top Performer:
Rachel Dotzert – 5 for 7, 5 Runs, 2 RBIs, HR
Durham's Top Performers:
Katrina Gammie – 2 for 5, 1 Run
Next week, the Falcons will head on the road to the CCAA National Softball Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Fanshawe's next league game will take place Wednesday, October 12 at Stronach Park versus the Conestoga Condors (10-6). The games are at 6pm and 8pm.
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