Team Canada dominates at women’s fastball tourney

Port Dover’s Megan Timpf contributed a single in a mercy-rule abbreviated 10-0 win for the Senior Women’s National Team at the 2008 Canada Cup International Fastpitch Tournament. The shutout of the Nor Cal Assault was Team Canada’s third win of the tourney.

Team Canada had a total of 11 hits in the game.

In four games, Canada has scored 52 runs and not allowed any runs in the tourney being played in Surrey, B.C.
Against Nor Cal Assault from Petaluma, California, Canada put forth a well rounded effort with eight different players collecting hits in each of the four innings of the night.

In front of her hometown crowd, Melanie Matthews ignited the offense in the top of the first inning with a lead-off double to leftfield, coming around to score on a passed ball. After Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph) and Erin Cumpstone (Saskatoon) had both singled in the second inning, it was Matthews again who hit a long three-run homerun to deep left-center field.

It was Rafter’s turn to drive in some runs of her own in the third, with a homerun into the right field bleachers that drove in Alison Bradley (Pinkerton, ON), who had doubled earlier in the frame.

In the fourth and final inning, NoĆ©mie Marin (Acton-Vale, QC) led off with a walk followed by Timpf’s single. Jennifer Salling (Port Coquitlam, BC) then singled to score Marin, while Sheena Lawrick (Calgary) singled to score Timpf. The game closed out with another hit by Rafter, scoring both Salling and Lawrick.

On the night, Rafter finished the game three-for-three with four RBI’s and Matthews also collected three RBI’s. The game was without a doubt a team effort, as six other Canadian players’ added hits to the tally. In the circle, Robin Mackin (Newmarket, ON) had a strong performance, throwing all four innings of the game and giving up just four hits, while striking out seven Assault hitters.