Lords earn a silver medal at the OCAA women’s fastball championship

October 21, 2012

Oshawa, ON

Durham Lords Media Release

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Lords earn a silver medal at the OCAA women's fastball championship

OCAA Women's Fastball Championship: Humber defeated Durham 8-3

TORONTO – Durham College earned a silver medal at this weekend's Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women's fastball championship hosted by Seneca College.

The Humber Hawks defeated two-time defending champion Lords 8-3 in the gold medal game. It was Humber's second win over Durham in as many days, following a 3-1 win that sent the Hawks to the finale. Durham advanced to the gold medal game with a 7-4 victory over the eventual bronze medalist St. Clair Saints.

Finishing the season with silver medal, Durham extends their medal streak at the OCAA championship to 16 seasons. The Lords have won 29 medals at the OCAA Championship (16 gold, 10 silver, 3 bronze), the most of any college in league history.

In the championship game, Humber got things going early in the first when Jacqueline O'Quinn (Etobicoke) reached on an error for the game's first batter. O'Quinn advanced to third on a single to centre by Kelsey Bardy (Caledon). OCAA player of the year Jessica O'Quinn (Etobicoke) helped load the bases with Olivia Crossley (Brampton) at the plate and two outs. Crossley hit a two-run single to give the Hawks an early lead. Shelby Robblee (Woodstock) completed the scoring in the top of the first with an RBI single to left field.

The Lords came back in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own. Melissa Semeniuk (Ajax) walked to lead off the inning. Kayla MacLean (Whitby), who was later called out at second on a fielder's choice, moving Semeniuk to second. Semeniuk, was sent home on the RBI single by Janna Hagan (Sherwood Park, Alta.). Pinch runner Charlotte Ciehanskie (Whitby) scored the second run for Durham.

The game would remain 3-2 until the fifth when Humber struck for two runs. Shawna Niskanen (East York) led off with a single and scored on a single by Bardy. The second run of the inning was scored by Bardy.

Durham once again tried to battle back in the bottom half of the inning. Semeniuk hit a double to the gap in right centre to lead off the inning. MacLean moved the runner over to third in her at-bat before Samantha Bryant-Officer (Mount Forest) drove in the final run for the Lords.

The Hawks would score three more runs in the top of the sixth for a commanding 8-3 lead with Bardy picking up another RBI and Niskanen driving in two runs.

Bardy went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs while Niskanen and Crossley each added two hits and two RBIs for the Hawks. Both Bryant-Officer and Hagen batted 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Lords.

Humber's Bardy was named tournament MVP. Teammate Jacqueline O'Quinn was named the top pitcher of the tournament, while Bryant-Officer of Durham was named the top batter.

Tournament all-stars include Niskanen and Crossley of Humber, Semeniuk and Jessica Pike (Whitby) of Durham and Alexa Georgiou (Windsor) of St. Clair.

Humber avenged a 7-1 loss to Durham in the OCAA championship finale last year. While the Hawks now have a modest OCAA medal streak to two, Durham increases its consecutive total to 16. St. Clair has won medals in eight straight seasons.

OCAA Championship Results
Game 1<http://www.senecacollege.ca/ocaa/2012_OCAA_Womens_Fastball_Championship/Durham_vs_Seneca_Recap.docx: Durham defeated Seneca 6-2
Game 2<http://www.senecacollege.ca/ocaa/2012_OCAA_Womens_Fastball_Championship/Humber_vs_St_Clair_Recap.docx: Humber defeated St. Clair 12-3
Game 3<http://www.senecacollege.ca/ocaa/2012_OCAA_Womens_Fastball_Championship/Seneca_vs_St_Clair_Recap.docx: St. Clair defeated Seneca 6-0
Game 4<http://www.senecacollege.ca/ocaa/2012_OCAA_Womens_Fastball_Championship/Durham_vs_Humber_Recap.docx: Humber defeated Durham 3-1

Bronze Medal Game
Game 5<http://www.senecacollege.ca/ocaa/2012_OCAA_Womens_Fastball_Championship/Durham_vs_St_Clair_Recap.docx: Durham defeated St. Clair 7-4

Gold Medal Game
Game 6<http://www.senecacollege.ca/ocaa/2012_OCAA_Womens_Fastball_Championship/Humber_vs_Durham_recap.docx: Humber defeated Humber 8-3


Overall Record: 22-8

Conference Record: 14-1

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:<BR>Scott Dennis<BR>Sports Information and Marketing Coordinator<BR>Durham College and UOIT Athletics<BR>905.721.2000 Ext. 2784 (P)<BR>905.721.3117 (F)<BR>scott.dennis@dc-uoit.ca&lt;mailto:scott.dennis@dc-uoit.ca&gt;

Photo Credit: Armando Villavona

With files from OCAA and Seneca Communications


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