Back-to-Back bronze medals for Durham at fastball nationals

October 10, 2011

Windsor, ON

Durham Lords Media Release
Sunday, October 9, 2011

Back-to-Back bronze medals for Durham at fastball nationals

2011 Canadian Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch National Championship
Bronze Medal Game – Durham defeated Windsor 10-4

Championship All-Stars (Durham)
Brittany Bell – Shortstop
Janna Hagan – Centre Field

WINDSOR, Ont. – The Durham College women’s fastball team earned a bronze medal at the 2011 Canadian Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch National Championship in Windsor this weekend as the Lords defeated the University of Windsor 10-4 in the bronze medal finals.

This is the second straight year Durham has won a medal at the national championship, as they won bronze in 2010 in Saskatchewan.

In the bronze medal game, Brittany Bell (New Hamburg, Ont.) led the Durham 10 run charge over Windsor as she had two hits including a home run in the sixth inning. Janna Hagan (Sherwood Park, Alta.) also had a two hit performance in the game and scored a run.

Both Bell and Hagan were named to the national championship all-star team for their respective positions.

Kristine Miles (Whitby, Ont.) earned the win on the mound, allowing four runs on six hits with no walks.

“Attending our third Nationals and taking home another medal is outstanding for our program,” said Durham head coach Jim Nemish. “Our coaching staff is very proud of our team. With only four starters from last year and 11 freshmen, it is a great building block for next year. We now look forward to finishing our OCAA schedule and hosting the provincial championship in two weeks, hopefully defending our title from last year.”

In the semi-finals, Shannon Galea (Oshawa, Ont.) surrendered her first runs of the season in a 7-0 loss to the Western Mustangs. Western’s big blow came in the third inning when Leslie Hanson hit a three run home run. Meanwhile, the Lords were only able to get one hit off of Western pitcher Molly Yetman, who kept the Durham hitters off balance with her rise ball. Yetman was the championship top pitcher, pitching eight shutout innings and allowing only two hits.

Western won the national championship beating Calgary 6-0 in the gold medal game.

The Lords opened the day with an 8-1 victory over UNB. Miles recorded the win allowing one run off of two hits while Kristin Servinis (Whitby, Ont.), Jenna Dupuis (Whitby, Ont.) and Bell all had two singles. Erin McConkey (Ajax, Ont.) had a home run in the seven run victory.

“Our team played very well throughout the tournament,” said Nemish. “Though we had hoped to finish higher with a young team, they got a taste of what the nationals are like. It was a learning experience for our freshmen and a great accomplishment to attend a National Championship in their first year.”

The Lords will now wrap up their OCAA regular season with two doubleheaders set for Thursday and Saturday.

Durham College will also be hosting the 2011 OCAA provincial championship which will take place from October 21-22 at Durham Fields.

2011 Canadian Intercollegiate Women's Fastpitch National Championship Recap

Round Robin
Game One – Windsor defeated Durham 2-1
Game Two – Durham defeated Calgary 11-0
Game Three – Durham defeated UNB 4-3

Medal Round
Durham defeated UNB 8-1 (Quarterfinals)
Western defeated Durham 7-0 (Semi-Finals)
Durham defeated Windsor 10-4 (Bronze Medal Game)

Championship All-Stars
Top Pitcher - Molly Yetman (Western)
Top Batter - Meghan Hewins (Western)
IF - Dayna Arsenault (UNB)
IF - Caitlyn Stiles (St. Clair)
IF - Alie Briere (Calgary)
IF - Brittany Bell (Durham)
IF - Rachel Wood (Windsor)
OF - Beth Ann Alexander (St. Clair)
OF - Janna Hagan (Durham)
Utility - Ashley Wareham (Calgary)
P - Kelsey Schincariol (Windsor)

Overall Record: 11-6
Conference Record: 6-0

OCAA Women’s Fastball Championship
October 21-22, 2011
Hosted by Durham College

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