Liners warm up at Pink Sox Weekend

By Jamie Harkins

May 25, 2017 12:00 AM

IT'S OUTTA HERE Liners catcher Lindsay Mayo watches her fourth-inning home-run ball sail to the centre field fence. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The Lloydminster under-16A Liners last game of their home tournament was hit and miss.
The Liners fell 10-3 to the Prince Albert Aces in the final match of the Girls Prairie League Softball Pink Sox Weekend at the Lashburn Ball Diamonds on Sunday. The letdown was the club’s third to the Aces at the tourney following 8-0 and 6-3 defeats the previous day.
Liners catcher Lindsay Mayo said the tournament-ending loss came down to perseverance. She said the Aces never seemed to lose belief when pushed, but whenever her club made a mistake they just shut down.
“It takes a lot to get nine girls back up with energy,” said Mayo. “So, we just got to work on that a bit more.”
The Liners jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a bunt by Mayo that scored Maggie Rusteika.
Liners pitcher Piper Mackie kept the lead intact until the bottom of the second inning when Aces’ Olivia Parker, Carli Cooling and Brianna Schwartzenberger scored on two short drives into the outfield and a sacrifice fly, respectively.
The Aces picked up five more runs in the bottom of the third inning before Mayo finally managed to break Prince Albert pitcher Catherine Vachon’s momentum with an inside-the-park home run to the centre field fence in the top of the fourth.
Liners right fielder Kassie Reid brought in Jace Scott from third on a fielder’s choice the next inning to make the score 8-3, but the Aces would mercy the game shortly afterwards.
Vachon said the rise ball seemed to be working throughout her complete game win. She said throwing a combination of drops and rises coupled with changeups when the Liners seemed to be on a pitch got her through the contest.
Aaron DeJong, coach of the Liners, said the tournament was the first real action the girls have seen this season due to the late winter push.
He said the weather has cost the team a bit of practise outdoors resulting in a few fielding and hitting aspects that have to be tightened, but the tournament should go a long way in helping them fine tune their play.
“They’ve been playing some pretty good ball,” said DeJong. “They’ve been on the sticks and there are some girls who are struggling here and there, but we’ll get it done.”
Mayo seemed at mid-season form during the Pink Sox Weekend crushing four home runs during the tourney including the inside-the-park dinger against the Aces.
She said it may have been their first real action, but the team stepped up the hustle and intensity as the weekend moved on.
“It’s definitely going to be a great season,” said Mayo. “We’ve got lots of great girls, so it’s just going to get better through the year.”

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