Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – The U16-C Langford Lightning girl’s fast pitch team finished one game shy of the regular season winning 2 of 3 games on the weekend with sights on divisional playoffs.
Langford’s Haley Shingles has an eye on the ball and the pending South Vancouver Island Faspitch playoffs being held next weekend at Lakehil – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
While many may have opted for a cooler solution for the weekend, the Lightning played back to back matinee games at home Saturday, under a scorching sun, against a tough fourth place team in Canarvon and sixth place Duncan- Bryson.
Katey Fehler doesn’t bite on the “just high” Canarvon pitch during Saturday action at Centennial Park – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Langford, surrendering 3 players a short-rostered Canarvon team in a spirit of good sportsmanship, would fall hard against a talented fourth place Oak Bay team. Langford, appearing listless in the afternoon heat would find double trouble on the pitching front and well as batting, unable to match offence against a strong pitching stable and a defensively solid Canarvon infield.
Fourth place Canarvon would be hot on the bats dominating Langford’s first game Saturday – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
In the second game Langford would rebound, jumping out to an early lead on the arm of starting pitcher Brynn Coulter and a hot Lightning bat. Coulter, slow out of the gate, would heat up in the second to retire the side, as her team would take an 8-3 lead. With Coulter sitting out after 2 innings pitched, Duncan – Bryson would take advantage of Langford’s pitching rotation to climb back into the game. With only six minutes remaining Duncan test would Langford one last time loading the bases with two out. With a runner on third, Duncan would hit a short pop to the shallow outfield that would have otherwise scored the tying run, however, Langford’s centerfielder Chantel Wiens would get the jump to snag the quickly dropping ball to retire the side and defeat Duncan-Bryson by a single run to end the game.
Brynn Coulter of Langford did all she could do in two innings of play helping give her team a five run lead before Duncan-Bryson would find their bats Saturday afternoon – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Duncan’s starting pitcher would get help from a late offensive surge from her team only to fall one run short in game two Saturday – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Sunday Langford traveled to Duncan’s Evans Park to take on last place Duncan-Marsh in the Lightning’s third game in two days. Lessons perhaps learned from Day One play may have factored into the final game as Langford would jump out to an early 10-0 lead by the end of the second inning and never look back. With starting pitcher Brynn Coulter taking relief from pitching duties, the ball was left in the capable hand of Janaka Scorey and Emma Eichhorn to share the pitching circle.
Emily Sundby gets all ball on this pitch for a base run against Duncan-Marsh – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Duncan’s bats were no match on Sunday for the visiting Langford team as this batter gets underneath for a foul ball call – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Langford’s Kailyn beats the throw out at the plate as the covering pitcher couldn’t hold onto the loose ball – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Eichhorn and Scorey would hold Duncan to just three runs over seven innings. Duncan would loose their starting pitcher to injury in the second inning suffering a knee injury when a line drive hit ball would catch her by surprise. She would be helped off the field and return later in limited use. Langford, taking advantage of a short Duncan pitching roster would add another seven runs to complete the home and away series against both Duncan teams with an impressive 17-3 final.
Reliever Emma Eichhorn delivers the ball across the plate during Sunday action against Duncan-Marsh at Evans Park in Duncan – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Game three starting pitcher Janaka Scorey of Langford Lightning has her sights on frame of her catcher’s glove – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Langford closes out their regular season Tuesday against Lakehill in an away game match up. The Langford Lightning will have little time to prepare as divisional playoffs will take place next weekend also at Lakehill. The Lightning will draw Duncan-Bryson in thier first round match up. Good Luck to all teams!