OCAA Fastball Championships

October 17, 2013

Mississauga, ON


MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - The top four women's fastball teams in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) are set to square off in a double-knockout tournament to determine the 2013 OCAA champion.
The 2013 OCAA Women's Fastball Championship takes place Friday and Saturday at Wildwood Park in Mississauga, Ont. The event is being hosted by Humber College.

The Humber Hawks are the defending champions, having reached the OCAA final in each of its two seasons in the league. Also participating in the tournament are Durham College, Conestoga College and St. Clair College.

The St. Clair Saints have been dominant during regular season play, losing just once in 15 games. St. Clair, Humber and Durham have been medal winners in each of the past two seasons, as Conestoga looks to break the streak.

In the double-knockout tournament, teams play a minimum of two games. Clubs are eliminated from the competition after their second loss. Schools are seeded based on regular season record.
The team that wins both games in the opening day of the tournament advances directly to the gold medal game, with two chances to win the championship. The team that avoids a second loss wins the tournament and the OCAA title.

St. Clair Saints (14-1, 1st OCAA)
St. Clair had an 11-game win streak to open the regular season, before losing its only game to Humber. The Saints returned to their winning ways to close the season, winning three straight.
There is no secret to St. Clair's success. Alexa Georgiou (Windsor) pitched a provincial-high 74 2/3 innings, posting a league-best 0.94 ERA. She struck out an OCAA-high 91 batters while sporting an unblemished mark of 11-0. She also contributed a save as well. Not surprisingly, St. Clair allowed a league-low 33 runs.

The Saints can swing the bats as well. Skyler-Dawn Patteson (Guelph) led the OCAA with 27 hits and 23 RBI, batting .509 for the season. Amelia Maniuk (Oil Springs) was second in hits with 26, batting .481. She also stole a dozen bases.

St. Clair opens provincials against Conestoga. The Saints swept the three-game regular season series between these two clubs.

Humber Hawks (12-3, 2nd OCAA)
The Hawks finished two games in arrears of St. Clair during the regular season. The defending champions are a formable opponent, allowing just five more runs than St. Clair while scoring a league-best 135 runs.
Kelsey Bardy (Caledon) and Jessica O'Quinn (Etobicoke) posted similar offensive numbers for the Hawks, with 25 hits and 19 runs each. Bardy led the OCAA with a .521 batting average, while O'Quinn batted .510. The Hawks gave the opposition fits on the base paths, as Jacqueline O'Quinn (Etobicoke) led the OCAA with 18 stolen bases. Bardy was hot on her heals with 16 of her own.

Jessica O'Quinn was equally a threat from the pitching rubber. She had the OCAA's second-best ERA of 1.64, posting a 7-1 record. She struck out 21 batters.

Humber opens its tournament against Durham in a rematch of last year's gold medal game.

Durham Lords (7-8, 3rd OCAA)
Durham is a 16-time OCAA women's fastball champion, but were in tough just to make this year's post-season tournament.
With their season on the line, Ash

ley Black (Waterloo) stood tall for Durham. She swatted a two-run double for the game-winning hit in Durham's 2-1 win at Seneca on Oct. 8. Two days later, she went 3-for-3 as Durham edged Humber 6-5. Black also pitched complete games in both victories.

Black finished the season third in the OCAA in ERA at 2.58. She struck out 31 batters. Her 20 hits and batting average of .465 were tops among Durham players.

Humber won the season series against Durham 2-1.

Conestoga Condors (7-8, 4th OCAA)
Conestoga is the feel good story of OCAA, improving on its 4-11 record from last season.
Lauren Ruf (Cambridge) was a workhorse for the Condors this season, pitching 62 1/3 innings while striking out 48 batters, good for second in the OCAA. She had a record of 5-5. Offensively, Ruf was the team leader in RBI with 12.

Shortstop Tori Taylor (Kitchener) led Conestoga with 20 hits and 13 runs scored, batting .385.
Despite losing three games to St. Clair during the regular season, Conestoga was in reach in two of those games, losing by identical 3-1 scores.

Tournament games will be archived on OCAATV.com.

Championship Website: athletics.humber.ca/tournaments/ocaa/wfb13

Championship Schedule Friday, October 18 Game 1: Humber vs. Durham - 1 p.m. Game 2: St. Clair vs. Conestoga - 3 p.m. Game 3: Losers of Games 1 and 2 - 5 p.m. Game 4: Winners of Games 1 and 2 - 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 19 OCAA Bronze Medal Game Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4 - 10 a.m. *Loser awarded Bronze, winner advances to Gold Medal Game

OCAA Gold Medal Game(s) Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Bronze Medal Game - 1 p.m. *A second Gold Medal Game will be played at 3 p..m. if necessary

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