July 8, 2018
By Adam Morissette
MONTRÉAL- Hannah Martensen tossed a complete-game and earned the win to lead Ontario to its second consecutive gold medal at the Women’s Invitational Championships with a 6-2 victory over the 21U Prospects.
The win capped an undefeated week for Ontario who won the event for the eighth time since it was first played in 2006.
Trailing by a run in the third inning, Ashley Stephenson picked up her first of two RBI on the evening with a ground out that scored Lindsay Wilcox. Ontario took the lead in the fourth after Ella Matteucci led off with a triple and scored on Emma Carr’s RBI ground out.
After allowing a run in the second, Martensen settled in and blanked the Prospects in the third, fourth and fifth frames before they scored a run in the sixth that came on an error.
Katie Hagen tossed five innings for the Prospects and fanned five in taking the loss.
Earlier in the day, Québec gave Ontario all they could handle in the semi final contest as it took nine innings with the winning run scoring on an error to book Ontario’s ticket to the gold medal game.
Autumn Mills tossed nine innings for Ontario while Québec’s Anne-Sophie Lavallée pitched eight and one-third innings in what was a classic pitcher’s duel.
Meanwhile, in the other semi-final, the 21U Prospects used a six-inning effort from Allison Schroder and received some timely hitting to double-up on Alberta, 6-3.
Alberta proved that they had plenty left in the tank as they came away with a 3-1 victory over Québec to win the bronze medal. McKinlee Kaulbach went the distance tossing seven innings and giving up just one run on four hits while striking out one.
Tournament awards were handed out to Ontario’s Ella Matteucci (Top Catcher) and Alberta’s Nicole Luchanski (Top Defensive Player) and Madison Willan (Top Hitter).