McLaughlin, Hayward lift Ontario into share of first

Logo Final Essentiel Jean-Michel Mercier copieOntario found itself in a three-way tie for first place, securing a playoff berth in the process, after a pair of women’s fastball wins during the fourth day of Canada Summer Games competition on Tuesday (Aug. 6).

Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec all had 7-1 records after Tuesday with British Columbia standing at 6-2 for four playoff spots in the medal round.

Ontario routed Prince Edward Island, 15-0, in three innings after scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the third. The game was stopped on the run rule.

Oakville’s Lauren McLaughlin fired the three-inning no-hitter, striking out one batter, while Logan White (Brantford) had three hits and drove in three runs at the top of the lineup and Miranda Castiglione (Brampton) delivered a double, two singles and two runs batted in.

Ontario pounded out 14 hits, with Janet Leung (Mississauga), Lindsay Hayward (Ancaster) and Shelby Heyd (Innisfil) all adding two.

In another fantastic matchup on Day 4, Ontario held a 3-1 lead after one inning before British Columbia scored four in the second to take a 5-3 lead, but Ontario tied the game with two runs in the third and scored two more in the fourth for the 7-5 win.

Shannon Davidson (Whitby) led Ontario offensively with a three-run homerun and drove in a run on a groundout, while Miranda Castiglione was two-for-two with a run batted in and a run scored.

Courtney Bridge hit a two run triple and scored on an error and Cassandra Dypchey also added an RBI triple for BC. Olivia Hornstein also contributed an RBI double in the loss.