Psota leads teammates to gold

Ontario starter Kate Psota of Burlington was dominant on the mound allowing only three hits and her offence exploded for eight runs in the sixth as Ontario downed B.C., 11-0, to win baseball’s Senior Women Invitational tournament in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

Jennifer Gilroy’s (Mississauga) RBI single in the top of the first proved to be all Ontario needed on offence. Ontario scored a run in each of the third and fourth innings with both coming off a fielder’s choice before scoring eight times in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Psota, who was later named to Canada’s National team, was also a key factor offensively going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Gilroy added another RBI, while Ashley Stephenson (Oakville), also named to the National team, walked four times, scored three runs and had one RBI.

Earlier in the day Ontario defeated Québec in the semi-finals when Kathryn Kennaley’s (Burlington) sac-fly in the bottom of the eighth scored Psota from third base with the winning run. Autumn Mills (Toronto) tossed all eight innings on the mound to record the win as she scattered 10 hits, walked three and struck out four. Québec’s Jessica Bérubé (Charlesbourg) fanned six batters in five innings, while Rosie Lyard (Beaupré) and Amélie Julien (Québec) had three hits each.

In the bronze medal game, hometown favourite Alberta proved to be too much for Québec as they cruised to a 7-1 victory.
Earlier, BC defeated Alberta in the first semi-final by a score of 3-0.