The Palmerston Marlins Girls Fastpitch Organization hosted the 11th Annual Triple Crown Tournament on July 4th-6th. The Novice ’94 team played teams from Brampton and Cambridge as well as their sister team the Palmerston ‘95’s. Skill and good Sportsmanship lead the team to a 5-1 win over Brampton, 2-2 tie with Cambridge, 15-0 win over Palmerston ‘95’s in round robin play.
In the semi-finals Cambridge caused a nail-biter when they scored six runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to tie up the game 7-7. With no time left on the clock, both teams were forced into an international tiebreaker inning. Palmerston ‘94’s scored 5 runs during their at bat and shut Cambridge out to win the game 12-7 and earn the right to play in the Gold Medal Championship.
The Palmerston ‘94’s faced Brampton in the championship game. A tight defensive game and superb pitching on both teams lead to a 2-1 loss for Palmerston giving us the silver medal. The players, coaches and families are proud of the team’s accomplishments.
MVP awards were given at the end of each game as chosen by the opposing teams. Our recipients were Shae-Lynn Reaman (pitching), Danielle Eaton (scored tie run with Cambridge), Katie Grubb (fielding), Sam Fisk (fielding) and Lexi Bell (base running). Although these players received special mention, all our players performed very well resulting in the silver medal finish.
Members of the Palmerston Marlins ‘94 team are: Lexi Bell (Walkerton), Lisa Billiald (Arthur), Kora Clements (Elmira), Deanna Ditner (Mildmay), Danielle Eaton (Kitchener), Samantha Fisk (Harriston), Katie Grubb (Walkerton), Sheena Haines (Wingham), Amanda MacInnis (Elmira), Ashlyn Northfield (Alma) and Shae-Lynn Reaman (Moorefield). The team is coached by Ron Gilbert (Harriston), Rob Clements (Elmira) and Katrina Klemp (Listowel) and managed by Holly Northfield (Alma).
Special mention to our Fundraiser Coordinator, Kathy Ditner (Mildmay), whose fundraising efforts have resulted in many sponsors for our team: Optimists Clubs of Alma, Arthur and Wingham; Al Reich Backhoeing; New Life Feed Mills; Haines Beef Farms; Edger Feed & Seeds; Agre Farms Limited; Progress Builders; H. Haines Beef Farms; Quality Engineered Homes; Steed & Evans Limited; Emke Schaab Climatecare; Glassier Physiotherapy Clinic; Schnarr Craftsman; and Elliot Nixon Insurance Company. Thank you to all our sponsors for your support, which has assisted with participation in tournaments and purchases of equipment and uniforms.
Finally we would like to congratulate the Palmerston Marlins Organization for putting together a terrific, well-organized tournament where Sportsmanship, friendships and skills were prominently displayed by all participating teams.