GeeGees Fastball Results Oct 4-6

October 8, 2013

Ottawa, ON

  In the GeeGees second straight weekend of six games, the first two saw the GeeGees facing the Carleton Ravens. Jean Cardona started the first game for the GeeGees and pitched four perfect innings until a defensive error on the GeeGees allowed the first runner of the game aboard.  With a solid hit from the Ravens into left field, they were able to bring the runner around to score, however that being the only run they would score all game. With some solid hitting and aggressive base-running by the GeeGees they were able to come up with six runs to support Cardona and take the win with the final score of 6-1.
For the second game of the night Baylie Gigolyk took things over from Jean Cardona on the mound.  As always Gigolyk's drop ball was working well for her as she along with her defence were able to secure several ground ball outs to keep the Carleton hitters off the bags.  On offence the Gee-Gees produced early, Jacqui Timperio getting on base twice and being hit in each time by Taylor Rogalsky, who had a triple in the game as well as outfielder Elyssa Dobson.  The GeeGees were making solid contact, however they were only able to generate three runs.  Into the last inning, Carleton got a runner aboard and after a base hit over the left fielder's head, the Raven runner came into score.  Unfortunately for the Ravens their batter was thrown out at third after a textbook relay throw in from left field from the GeeGees to end the game. The GeeGees took the second of two games 3-1.
   Onto Saturday, where Ottawa faced the Guelph Gryphons on their home diamond in Orleans.  In the first game, the GeeGees came out swinging, hoping to widen the gap early in the game against the Gryphons.  Once again, girls were getting base hits up and down the order, and with bases loaded early in the game, Michelle Miller hit a shot up the middle that scored Jean Cardona and Grace Lonergan.  What's more, the GeeGees were able to generate all of their runs that game (and as it would turn out, the rest of that day) on two out!  Into the bottom of the sixth, with a runner on third, the GeeGees were only two runs away from a mercy when a controversial call at home plate caused one of the uOttawa girls to be ejected from the game.  Although the GeeGees are a mighty team, they are also a small one, and with no substitutions left to go in, Ottawa was forced to forfeit the game.  
Ottawa didn't let their spirits get down however and Baylie Gigolyk came out set on sending those Gryphons home without a win. Early in the game Guelph was able to squeeze a couple of hits off of Gigolyk, with one coming around to score.  However the very next inning the GeeGees bats came out and tied the game up right away.  The Gryphons bats stayed alive, and they had many chances to score with several baserunners throughout the game, however the GeeGees played a solid defence, with the majority of the action to the left side, and kept the Gryphons at only one run.  For the GeeGees part, they were having a similar problem to the Gryphons; making solid contact, but could not seem to bring anyone around to score.  This was until the fifth inning when hits started getting through scoring two runs for the GeeGees, topped off with Grace Lonergan's first homerun of the season.  In the bottom of the seventh, the Gryphons had girls on first and second, when a fielder's choice to second base allowed a run to score.  However the Gryphons dreams of a comeback were crushed when a weak ground ball to Brye Corkum at second base ended the game and the GeeGees took it 4-2.  
On the last day of the weekend, the GeeGees faced the University of Toronto.  Jean Cardona started off the game with seven straight strike outs, and her pitching continued to be that strong through five innings of work.  In the top of the fifth inning, a check swing by a UofT batter found its way into left field for a hit, ruining yet another chance at a perfect game for Cardona.  On the side of the offence for Ottawa, they kept finding the gap up the middle, and were able to come around for seven runs, finishing the game off in the fifth inning at 7-0.   
In the second game of the day the GeeGees had several solid line-drive hits that unfortunately were hit directly the UofT players, infield and outfield.  However not everyone was having this problem, as outfielder Elyssa Dobson was about a foot shy from a homerun on more than one occasion.  With these shots to the outfield, along with hard hit balls through the infield and strategic baserunning, the GeeGees were able to secure five runs for Baylie Gigolyk.  Once again her down balls proved most effective, allowing her defence to make ground ball outs which lead to UofT stranding all of their baserunners.  In the top of the seventh UofT came out looking for a comeback, with the lead-off batter hitting a shot out to right field.  However the GeeGees quickly shut down any hopes, when a perfectly executed relay from right field to second base to Colleen Thibert at third caught the UofT runner before she reached the base.  This was followed by a quick two outs and the GeeGees had secured their fifth win of the weekend at 5-0.  
The GeeGees have two very exciting weekends coming up with Nationals in London this weekend and Provincials in St. Catharines the following weekend!