(London, ON) UTM Revolution Brantford got a chance Saturday April 27th to participate in a new Indoor Tournament, held at BMO Centre in London. In comparision to other indoor complexes that the coaching team, and players have participated at over the years, there is little doubt that the BMO Centre was by far the best place to play indoors in Ontario. The complex included three full size diamonds, all self enclosed with no risk of one field hitting into another etc. A spectacular set-up indoors considering the team drove down Saturday morning amid snow flurries in the area...
Game 1 vs Mississauga Tigers (D) (T 5-5)
The Tigers scored a run early with some quick speed at the top of their line-up. They built upon that lead and by the middle of the game held a 5-0 lead over UTM. The Revolution bats were silenced for the first three innings, with the only baserunner coming when Megan Tracey was hit by a pitch. Finally, in the bottom of the 4th UTM broke through and scored 2 runs to cut into the Tigers lead. Heading into the final inning (due to a time requirement), UTM needed three runs to tie. A couple of base runners via walks, set the stage for a couple of key hits from Cassie Gauthier and then a double from Kayla Sonntag. With little time left on the clock, Kayla then stole 3rd, and came home on the subsequent overthrow just before time expired, making the final score a 5-5 tie. Jess Schumacher started for UTM, allowing 1 earned run over 3-innings. Abby LeBouthillier pitched the back half of the game, allowing only 1 hit, but it cleared the bases in a 3-run fourth inning for the Tigers.
Game 2 vs Whitby Eagles 01' (W 9-7)
After a nice team outing for breakfast, UTM returned to BMO Centre to battle with the Whitby Eagles. Unlike the first game, this match with the Eagles was filled with plenty of offense from both sides. UTM was led by Tia Chan who collected two extra base hits, and 3 RBI's. Haley Stears showed plenty of speed on the base paths, and that speed forced some mistakes by the Eagles leading to some additional runs. Kylie Hall, also had a key hit in this game leading to a nice rally for Revolution. Stears started the game, and pitched the first three innings, allowing 2 earned runs. Gauthier closed the game, allowing three runs in the final inning of play, but struck out 5-batters in her two innings of work.
Game 3 vs London Lightning Red (L 4-11)
In the final game of the afternoon, the Lightning jumped out to an early lead thanks to some hot bats throughout the line-up. Ryerson Griggs started for UTM, and in the first two innings was victim to some bad bounces, including one off the ceiling that you just wouldn't see if the game was outside. That being said full credit to London for pounding the ball into the gaps throughout the game leading to several big innings. The final two innings of the game were less exciting as it appeared both squads were a bit worn down after a long day indoors. Madison Meyer led UTM with two hits in her two plate appearances. Kylie Hall added a great bunt, leading to a run scored.
UTM Revolutuion Brantford is next in action Saturday May 4th at 10AM v Fieldhouse Raiders, as part of the UTM Early Bird Weekend.