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Chill go north for tourney

July 22, 2011
Lake Placid News
MONTREAL — The Adirondack Chill 14U and 16U teams traveled to Montreal June 30 to July 3 to compete in the Montreal International Fastpitch Challenge.

The 14U team finished 1-6, but showed steady improvement throughout the four days. The 16U team faced a tough draw and finished 2-5.

The 16U team opened with a 5-4 win over the Ancaster, Ontario Blizzard. Nicole Viscardo picked up the pitching win and Serina Hayes the save. Sydney Battistoni and Megan Moody led the offense with two hits apiece. Battistoni also had two RBI.

The second game was a pitcher’s duel, with Sam Sanford going the distance in a 2-1 loss against Etoiles de Madawaska, New Brunswick. Battistoni again led the offense with a 3-for-3 performance that included a double and an RBI.

In the third game, the Chill started slow and couldn’t recover as they lost 14-3 to the Moncton, New Brunswick Vitos. Moody and Battistoni led the offense with two hits each.

Game 4 was a see-saw battle with the Chill eventually falling 7-6 to the Barrie, Ontario Storm. Battistoni and Danielle Balestrini had two hits apiece.

Defensive errors were the name of the game against the Oak Ridge, Ontario Diamons as the Chill committed eight of them in a 16-3 loss. Hayes had a triple and Battistoni and Balestrini each singled to account for the only three Chill hits.

The Chill ended round robin play with a 3-1 upset victory over the Whitby, Ontario Eagles, who were seeded near the top of the field of 16 teams at the time. Jordy McDougall pitched a great game and the defense played solid.

On Sunday, in single-elimination play, the Chill lost 12-1 to the eventual Cup Division champions Minot, North Dakota Lions.

The 14U team lost 12-0 to the Whitby, Ontario Eagles ’96 team to open the tournament. Carissa Kennedy and Cheyenne Blair had the only two Chill hits.

Emily O’Connor led the offense in Game 2 with two hits but the team fell 6-2 to the Kanata, Ontario Pirates.

Against the Vaughan, Ontario Vikings II the Chill made a late charge but came up short in a 8-5 loss.

O’Connor had two hits and Sam Swiesz had a double. Blair had a two-RBI single.

The fourth game was a pitcher’s duel with Emily O’Connor throwing a gem in a 1-0 loss to the Whitby, Ontario Eagles Rzepka. She struck out 11 batters and scattered six hits.

The Chill were no-hit in the game and got just one runner on base.

The team put a mark in the win column with a 3-2 victory over the Mississauga, Ontario Hurricanes. O’Connor had nine strikeouts to earn the pitching win. Blair had a two-RBI single in the first to give the Chill a lead it would not relinquish.

In the final round-robin game, the Chill lost a tough one 2-0 to the Vaughan Vikings. Carissa Kennedy pitched great despite the loss. Lizzie Bimonte led the offense with two hits.

Sunday saw the Chill fall to the Etoiles Rive Sud, Quebec 9-2. O’Connor had seven strikeouts in the loss. Morgan Meyer and Emily Barney had the only Chill hits in the game.

Article Photos

Photo by Alicia Brandes
Megan Moody makes a spectacular catch in centerfield during the Montreal International Fastpitch Challenge.



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