The women’s softball team travelled to the nation’s capital in week four of the OIWFA season to take on the Ottawa Gee Gees and Carleton Ravens and ended with a 2-2 record
In the opening game on Saturday afternoon, Laurier found themselves behind early against the Gee Gees, giving up six runs in the first two innings. The Golden Hawks chipped away ultimately taking the lead before a number other lead changes took place as the teams battled back and forth. Laurier led going into the bottom of the seventh inning when a number of defensive errors cost the Golden Hawks in a 12-11 defeat. Notables for the Golden Hawks were Alanna Hentges and Dani O’Connel who had three hits each and Sonya Carnegie who had a single, walk, and scored three times.
The second game was all Gee Gees as they outscored the Golden Hawks 9-2.
Sunday saw the Golden Hawks take on the Carleton Ravens in a double header to end the road schedule for Laurier. Laurier got off to an early lead when Dani O’Connell singled in Alanna Hentges and the Golden Hawks never looked back. Continuing with their hot bats, Bobbi-Sue Hentges and led the charge with three hits and was followed by fourth year Lyndsey Allingham and second year Kathleen Gregus who each had two hits apiece. The Golden Hawks prevailed despite a strong comeback effort by the Raven’s in a 9-6 win for Laurier
The Raven’s took advantage of Laurier’s defensive woes in game two and eventually found their way to a 10-3 lead in the sixth inning when Laurier offense awoke and with a punch. Six runs in the sixth inning would get Laurier to within one run when Alanna Hentges opened the seventh inning with a hard hit single to rightfield, followed by a groundout by O’Connell which advanced Hentges to second when Megan Harland had a key hit to centre which tied the game. The defensive came back for the Golden Hawks to turn a double play in the eighth inning to head to the bottom of the eighth tied at 10s when pinch-hitter Nicole Gagnier belted a single to dead centre and the Golden Hawks completed the massive comeback for an 11-10 win. Alanna Hentges had three singles for Laurier, and both Allingham and Brianna Norlock both had two hits in the win.
Laurier Softball will wrap up the regular season on Friday night (October 6) at Hillside Park against the Windsor Lancers. The Golden Hawks will then host the Provincial Championships October 14-15 at Peter Hallman Ball Yard. Follow Laurier on Twitter @LaurierSoftball or Facebook.com/Lauriersoftball