Gators fall to Fusion in final

The White House Mortgage Gators couldn't solve the Kelowna Fusion in a slo-pitch provincial qualifier.

Morning Star Staff

The White House Mortgage Gators had three cracks at them, but couldn’t solve the Kelowna Fusion in a women’s slo-pitch provincial qualifier tournament last weekend in Kelowna.

The Gators fell to Fusion once in the round-robin, again in playoffs and again in the final, settling for runners-up in the double-knockout tourney.

In the final, White House struggled to string hits together, while Fusion scored five in the first inning en route to a 7-1 win. They held the Kelowna bats at bay until the fifth when they allowed more runs.

The Gators finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh inning on a run by pinch-hitter Kelli Graham. Vernon scored six first-inning runs on the way to a 13-12 win over Kelowna’s I Candy in their opener.

Seven more White House runs in the fourth seemed to put the game out of reach, but I Candy replied with seven in their half of the inning.

Jessica Hallam went 3-for-3 and pitcher Belinda Marks each went 3-for-3, while Jen Doyle and Jacquie Anderson each hit 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Terri-Rose Thompson, Kate Carter and Kassie Gregoire each smacked a pair of hits as the Gators fell 11-5 to Fusion in their final round-robin.

Finding their bats, the Gators opened playoffs by earning an 18-4 mercy-rule win over the Kelowna Skyline.

Taryn Robertson and Brittany Housego both hit 4-for-4, and Carter and Doyle were 3-for-4.

Michelle Embleton and Marks each went 3-for-3 as the Gators grounded the Quesnel Squeeze 9-3. Aundra Johnston had two hits. In a rematch with Fusion, the Gators couldn’t defend against the Kelowna bats, falling 18-2.

Relegated to the backside of the draw, the White House crew brushed back Squeeze 6-2, with Jenn Thatcher and Gregoire each hitting 2-for-3 to reach the final.

The Vernon ladies playoff round starts tonight at Kin Park with the Dozers meeting the Dynamite and the Devils facing the Ice Cold Pitches at 6 p.m.