SOFTBALL SPLITS SEASON SET WITH DEFENDING CHAMPS

By: Tyler Milton

BRAMPTON, Ont: A midweek match-up saw the Hawks host the reigning OCAA Gold medalist, Durham College. The games were close on the scoreboard leaving the fans in attendance at the Brampton Fairgrounds on the edge of their seats all evening. Humber went pound for pound with the reigning champions, seeing the Hawks drop game one 4-3, but bounce back to win game two 5-3.

DURHAM 4, HUMBER 3
With the Hawks looking to build on their strong performance against Seneca on Tuesday, Head coach Duaine Bowles turned to second-year right-hander Rachel Matheson-Green. Matheson-Green would struggle early on, allowing the Durham hitters to score four times in the first three frames. From the fourth inning on, she settled in and kept the Durham hitters off balance only allowing three base runners to reach. She battled all throughout her outing allowing seven hits over her seven innings of work, allowing four runs (two earned).

Offensively, the bats were active early in the ball game as Humber would plate three runs in the first inning on three singles. From there the Hawks bats were relatively quiet except for the sixth where they would load the bases with none out but the Durham starter, Ashley Black would get out of the jam not allowing a run.

Meaghan Murphy and Sarah Franchetto collected two hits each, Franchetto and Sam MacCallum (2) picked up RBIs in the effort.

HUMBER 5, DURHAM 3
Looking to bounce back and even the season series at two, Humber turned to ace Myranda Pierson to the rubber. Pierson would get through the first, three up, three down before facing some trouble in the second, where she would allow three runs to allow Durham to jump out to a 3-0 lead. From there, the veteran right-hander would settle in and hold the Hawks in the game. Pierson would finish what she started, going all seven innings, allowing just those three runs (none earned), on six hits, two walks and four punch outs.

After a disappointing game one, the Hawks offence would be again, quiet through the first four frames. In the fifth, Bonnie Gillingham would reach on an error before the former Durham Lord, Sam MacCallum would step up to the plate to launch a deep home run into the night to get the Hawks to a 3-2 ball game. In the sixth, three straight doubles - Aaliyah Davidson, Elisa Gregoris, and Bonnie Gillingham - and a single by Emily Erskine would plate three runs for Humber to take a 5-3 lead into the seventh, where Pierson would shut the door and secure the victory for the Hawks.

WHAT'S NEXT?
On Saturday the Hawks are home to continue their six-game homestand as they take on Conestoga College. The games will be held at the Brampton Fairgrounds with first pitches slated for 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

2017 OCAA Women's Softball Championship
Humber is the proud host of the 2017 championship tournament. The event will take place on Friday & Saturday, October 20 & 21/17 (with Sunday as a rain day), and will be held at the Brampton Fairgrounds Field.

All games will be streamed live on HSN1:

http://humberhawks.ca/broadcast/hsn1

Tournament Website:

http://www.ocaa.com/championships/soft/2017-18/index