Port Dover’s Megan Timpf shines for Team Canada’s softball

The Canadian Senior Women’s softball team came out strong this past weekend (Feb. 9-10), competing at the Sportco Spring Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the team had begun centralized training in late January. Team Canada toppled the University of Washington, 7-3, Saturday night before beating Texas Tech 10-1 on Sunday morning.

Canada started strong in the first game, systematically producing four runs in the top of the first inning. After loading the bases with one out, Erin McLean (Whitby) and Alison Bradley (Pinkerton, ON) each drew run-scoring walks, while Megan Timpf (Port Dover) and Erin Cumpstone (Saskatoon) each drove in a run on groundballs, giving Canada a 4-0 lead.

They would add single runs in the third and fourth innings after Cumpstone drove in her second run of the game with a single in the third, while Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC) hit a solo homerun in the fourth.

The University of Washington got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth, taking advantage of two throwing errors to score three runs. However, Canada replied with another insurance run in the seventh on an RBI groundout by Bradley, securing the 7-3 win.

Dione Meier (Saskatoon) earned the complete game win in the pitcher’s circle for Canada, limiting the Huskies to only three hits and one earned run while striking out 12 batters. Timpf collected three singles for Team Canada, while McLean added a double and a single. Jennifer Yee (North Delta, BC), Sheena Lawrick (Calgary), Matthews and Cumpstone each added a hit for the Canadian offense.

In the second game, Canada scored early and often for a 10-1 victory over Texas Tech. After Matthews and McLean each singled to start the game, Jennifer Salling (Port Coquitlam, BC) hit a sacrifice fly, and Timpf later hit a two-run homerun to give Canada an early 3-0 lead.

The red and white continued that momentum in the second inning when Melanie Matthews delivered an RBI double to left-center field and later scored on a throwing error. Alison Bradley also hit an RBI double in the third inning to increase the lead to 6-0.

After Texas Tech got on the board in the bottom of the fifth with a homerun, Canada came out swinging in the sixth by producing four runs, all scored with two outs. Timpf drove in her third run of the game with a double before scoring on a pinch-hit single by Tamra Howren (White Rock, BC). Alison Bradley then drove in another run with her second double of the game, and scored on a single by Caitlin Lever (Buffalo).

Danielle Lawrie (Langley, BC) pitched six strong innings surrendering only one run on five hits with 10 strikeouts. Matthews, Bradley and Timpf each collected three hits for Canada, while McLean added a pair of singles. Tamra Howren, Sheena Lawrick and Lever also chipped in with a hit each.

Next on the schedule for Canada is the Louisville Desert Classic which concludes Feb. 18 in Las Vegas.